Cloud monitoring category gets busier

Server monitoring gets hot

SolarWinds, which monitors multi-vendor technologies running in house, last week bought Librato to extend its reach into the cloud. Librato is noted for its ability to watch workloads running in Heroku and Amazon Web Services as well is in internally-run Rails, Node.js, Ruby, Rails and Java applications.

Austin, Texas-based SolarWinds is betting that, despite the hype, most companies will not move everything to a public cloud or a SaaS vendor but will want ways to monitor workloads whether they are running in the server room down the hall, in AWS US-East or wherever.

For the $40 million purchase price SolarWinds “gets a way to bridge on-prem and cloud worlds and provide visibility across both,” Kevin Thompson, Solarwinds president, (pictured above) said in an interview.

The goal is to give “IT and devops pros a way to manage everything from on-prem to cloud and everything in between or we can’t guarantee a level of performance,” he said.

That’s a tall order. But it’s also a potentially huge market as it’s increasingly clear that most big tech buyers will continue to spread their bets between private and public resources.

[company]Solarwinds[/company] will not, however, meld Librato’s cloud monitoring service in with its existing services but rather field discrete services so customers can buy what they need, he said.

It started down this road to cloud by purchasing Pingdom, a website and application monitoring company, in June. Librato is more about monitoring infrastructure at all layers in cloud environments, according to SolarWinds.

There’s been a flurry of activity in server monitoring over the past year. In May, Google purchased StackDriver, which provided monitoring tools for AWS and Google Cloud Platform. Three months later Idera bought Copperegg, another server monitoring product.

Investors are paying attention. Last week another server monitoring entry, Datadog, snagged $31 million in new funding bringing its total funding to more than $50 million. Other entries in this space include Boundary and Server Density.

What’s that again? Amazon to break out its cloud numbers?

But the really big news in cloud last week was all about AWS accounting. [company]Amazon[/company] always talks about how transparent it is. And yet,  the size of its clearly huge AWS business was treated like a state secret, hidden inside another category — which also includes sales of various and sundry other stuff including co-branded credit cards.  That left pundits to guestimate its size. (My favorite anecdote is when an Amazon employee complained to me about [company]Microsoft[/company] being opaque in claiming Azure was a $1 billion business a few years back. FWIW, I agreed that the Azure number was fuzzy at best, but oh the irony that Amazon, of all companies would complain about that.

Sooo, when, on the Q4 earnings call Thursday,  Amazon’s CFO said the company would at last break out AWS numbers, starting this quarter, I had to triple check the news. Make no mistake, this is a big deal, but the break out of cloud numbers won’t necessarily illuminate all mysteries. But baby steps, people.

The down side? Our nifty “Amazon North America Net Sales (other)” chart now can be retired. So here it is one more time (along with associated growth chart.)

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Structure Show! All about data!

Check out this week’s Structure Show as data nerd Derrick Harris talks to data nerd Matt Ocko, of Data Collective Venture Capital, about real opportunities (a la beyond the hype) for big data technologies. DCVC has put seed money into database companies (MemSQL) and satellite companies (Planet Labs).

And if that chat leaves you wanting more, you can get it when Ocko speaks at Structure Data next month in New York). Last week’s guest, Hilary Mason will be there as well. So come for an embarrassment of data riches; stay for the parties!


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Google takes on AWS CloudWatch with a monitor of its own

Google is moving ahead with the integration of Stackdriver technology with a new beta of Google Cloud Monitoring. Google bought Stackdriver, a Boston-based provider of cross-cloud monitoring tools, last May and announced an alpha release of the tool at Google Platform Live a month later.

The new beta, which will compete with Amazon Web Services’ CloudWatch, will initially focus solely on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The goal remains to provide a single way to watch workloads across public (including AWS) and hybrid clouds, according a blog post by Google product manager (and Stackdriver Co-founder) Dan Belcher. No timing on the non-Google cloud support was given but in an email message but in a follow-up email, Belcher said the company remains committed to providing a single tool to monitor applications across Google Cloud Platform, AWS and hybrid environments.

He added that Stackdriver (I guess that means Google now) added AWS Kinesis integration for existing Stackdriver customers.


According to the post, all GCP customers, as opposed to a select subset, can now use the monitor to see how their Google App Engine, Google Compute Engine, Cloud Pub/Sub and Cloud SQL workloads are doing.

The monitor promises metrics to help admins gauge the general health of their resources — users can create aggregate views of their key systems and bring in custom metrics. From there, they can create custom dashboards of what they want to watch. It also provides data on usage, up-time, performance and incidents where alerting policies are violated, according to the blog.

Stackdriver filled in a check box on Google’s to-do list of what it needs to gain credibility among enterprise accounts, where admins really need a window into what’s going on in their public cloud workloads.

Google Cloud Monitor wins the Structure:Europe 2013 Launchpad

The web is chock full of data, but it’s locked away in the form of websites. A startup called that hopes to unlock that data, won the Structure Europe Launchpad event on Wednesday.