What’s New in BindPlane: Two Clouds Closer to our Multi-Cloud Mission

by Moria Fredrickson on July 19, 2018

Over the last few months we’ve talked a lot about multi-cloud monitoring. That’s because we’re hearing a lot about multi-cloud monitoring from our customers. And it sounds like this trend is here for the long term. Research from Edwin Yeun at ESG suggests the greatest driver for multi-cloud utilization is the individual application or workload requirements, with most multi-cloud adopters planning to stick with more than one public cloud provider for the foreseeable future.

As our CTO Mike Kelly noted recently in Infoworld, this multi-cloud reality has the potential to create several monitoring challenges, most notably, the dreaded silo. And, since each of the major public cloud monitoring providers offer their own monitoring solutions, but it becomes difficult to compare apples to apples. Metrics can be displayed in different depths or even units.

Figure 1: Our mission to integrate the top public cloud service providers might not be as dangerous, but it’s just as critical and we take it just as seriously.
Figure 1: Our mission to integrate the top public cloud service providers might not be as dangerous, but it’s just as critical and we take it just as seriously.

So it’s for these reasons that we’ve prioritized integrations for the top public cloud service providers with our BindPlane monitoring-integration-as-a-service (MIaaS). MIaaS levels the playing field for all public cloud metrics. It also makes it easy to standardize on one cloud provider’s monitoring platform or use third-party analytic tools to analyze cross clouds from an application-oriented view via APM.

You might be thinking…”hmmm exactly WHO are the top public cloud providers?”. Fair question. The market is shifting very rapidly and it’s hard to keep pace. Here’s a quick look.

Figure 2: BindPlane MIaaS now covers more than half of the most popular enterprise public clouds.
Figure 2: BindPlane MIaaS now covers more than half of the most popular enterprise public clouds.

As you probably know, we’ve done a lot of work already on the top two, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. And we also offer integrations for IBM Cloud. This month we’ve made some major progress on the Google Cloud Platform and dipped our toes in the emerging Alibaba Cloud.

Internally, we’re celebrating, as we cross the halfway point on this multi-cloud mission. Hopefully, you’re celebrating the benefits of increased cross-cloud visibility too. Here’s a little bit about our latest data providers.

15 new integrations for the Google Cloud Platform

Cloud Interconnects
Track dropped packets, interconnect capacity, sent and received errors and more.

Cloud Load Balancing
Analyze latency, requests and response counts.

Firebase Performance Monitoring
Keep an eye on storage, network and IO at the namespace and domain levels.

BigQuery
Inspect query execution times and job wait ratios.

Cloud Pub/Sub
Observe push request latency, undelivered messages and byte costs by topic and subscription.

Cloud Dataproc
Dissect HDFS storage, YARN memory metrics and more.

Kubernetes Engine
Examine cluster and node pool status, container CPU and memory.

App Engine
Analyze key metrics like CPU utilization like memory usage for web server, system, instance and application.

Cloud Billing API
Track the cost of your Google Cloud Services

Logging
Track key performance indicators like:

  • Monthly Bytes Ingested
  • Excluded Log Entry Count
  • Metrics Throttled

Cloud Storage
Monitor key storage, network and jobs metrics.

Cloud Bigtable
Keep an eye on key cluster, disk, server, table and instance metrics.

Cloud Datastore
Dive into write counts, read and write size.

Cloud Spanner
Track database and instance metrics like CPU utilization, session count, storage used and state.

Cloud Functions
Trend execution times, user memory, network egress and more.

First AliCloud integration
With all of those GCP services under our belt, it’s time for us to cloud hop again. Our team has just begun work on our Alibaba Cloud catalog. Consider this integration a small step for Blue Medora that promises to become one giant leap forward for multi-cloud monitoring.

Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service
See key performance indicators like CPU utilization, networking rates, reads and writes.

Keeping our head in the clouds
While we’re not quite mission accomplished, with five of the top seven cloud service providers in our integration library, we are very much on our way. Which cloud services should we tackle next? Drop us a line and let us know.

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