Cloud Management's Next Wave (It's Here)

Turning on and off cloud services is old news. The next wave of remote monitoring and management -- with an emphasis on cloud computing -- is building rapidly. The examples are all around us.

Chances are, you're already doing the basics -- tracking cloud consumption, utilization rates and more for your SaaS and IaaS workloads. But I suspect you're not doing much with that data. Nor do you have a firm grip on application performance out in the cloud.

The next wave involves cloud application performance monitoring -- using tools like AppDynamics (a potential $1 billion company...), Boundary, New Relic and more. While riding this wave, you need to clearly understand so-called cloud microservices -- and the potential pricing models that are involved.

Can't Contain Myself

But the story doesn't end there. Check this week's headlines, and you'll see another IT management wave heading your way. It involves Docker and container management -- where companies like Site24x7 and Sysdig are moving quickly to assist customers.

Sysdig CEO explains remote container and Docker management.

Sysdig CEO explains remote container and Docker management.

When I checked in with Sysdig CEO Loris Degioanni, he explained the growing need for remote monitoring and management of software containers. The big twist: Be careful of monitoring platforms that require software agents in each Docker container, because that approach could potentially weigh down the overall system and limit scalability. In our latest podcast (Episode 042), Degioanni also discussed how Sysdig will leverage a recent round of venture capital funding.

And Then What?

Armed with a range of IT management tools, you can begin to better manage and monetize cloud systems. But don't stop there. The quest is on to gain more and more cloud consumption and usage data, notes Dimensional Research and Cloud Cruiser, so that you can:

  • improve IT forecasting;
  • compare costs across multiple cloud platforms, and pivot accordingly;
  • launch cloud chargeback services to your business units;
  • expand self-service capabilities; and
  • align your cloud allocation and utilization rates. 

Generally speaking, the baseline cloud debate ("Should we use the cloud?") is over. The cloud won -- or at least wins more and more everyday, the same way businesses shifted more and more workloads from minicomputers to PC servers two decades ago.

Now, the race is on to manage, monitor, optimize and monetize all those cloud services.