Google announces Cloud Monitoring in beta for Cloud Platform and AWS customers

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Google has announced its Cloud Monitoring service, which tracks usage and uptime for Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services customers, is now in beta availability.

The announcement comes just days after the search giant released Cloud Trace, which allows developers to create reports on their app’s performance issues by finding traces of slow requests.

First announced at Google I/O last year, Cloud Monitoring enables users to get a wide variety of information, from metrics and dashboards on Platform usage, to functionality tests for uptime, latency and error rates for performance, and receiving alerts when security incidents occur.

Developers can access figures for Google App Engine, Compute Engine, Cloud Pub/Sub and CloudSQL, as well as featuring native integration with MySQL, Nginx, Apache, MongoDB, and RabbitMQ among others.

The service also puts together a series of ‘overall health’ dashboards, which can incorporate application or business statistics using custom metrics, to create aggregate views of environments and systems.

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Back in May, Google announced the acquisition of intelligent monitoring service Stackdriver. The latest update to Cloud Monitoring shows integration of Stackdriver’s technology into the Cloud Platform product. Google Cloud Platform product manager Dan Belcher confirmed in a blog post the plan to continue integrating the rest of Stackdriver into Cloud Platform, with the aim of “providing a unified monitoring solution for Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services and hybridcustomers.”

If there are any problems with Google Cloud Platform’s performance, it’ll be a rare event, according to figures published earlier this week by benchmarking provider CloudHarmony. Google Cloud DNS had a 100% record in 2014, while Compute Engine hit 78 outages at an overall downtime of 3.35 hours, Cloud Storage had eight outages while Google AppEngine went down for just over six minutes last year.

Google’s push towards creating a better user experience for its cloud products continues to gain pace; alongside this announcement, and Cloud Trace, the company has been pushing regular price cuts for its infrastructure, as well as offering startups $100,000 in Cloud Platform credits to help get their companies off the ground.

You can find out more about Google Cloud Monitoring here.

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