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Cloudkick Webinar Recap: Managing Windows in the Cloud

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This post was written and contributed by Dan Di Spaltro, Founder of Cloudkick, a Rackspace Cloud Tools Partner.

We were very happy to participate in a webinar with the Rackspace Cloud talking about managing Windows Servers in the Cloud.

Managing infrastructure on the Cloud, or anywhere for that matter, is a tough proposition.  Windows infrastructure is no exception.  Rackspace has focused on making the provisioning process straightforward so it was a natural step to help the management and monitoring.  Getting alerts upon failures, spotting hot-spots with your data, graphing any metric you want and supporting Windows/Linux hardware side by side with cloud, dedicated and fully managed.

Key points covered:

  • Cloudkick tagging is very important in the UI, it semantically defines permissions and monitors.
  • Adding credentials to Cloudkick only requires looking up the API keys and then entering them into Cloudkick.
  • Getting the agent up and running is simple and straightforward.
    • Getting the OAuth credentials from Cloudkick requires logging in and copying the key and secret and distributing it to every machine you want monitored
  • Defining custom monitors allows any technical, application, or business metric graphed/trended in the system.
    • Setting custom alerts allows for the ultimate flexibility in alert infrastructure
  • Fault detection with Cloudkick is unified between Windows and Linux operating systems.  You are able to see metrics from either systems through a single pane of glass.
  • The full permission system

The Cloudkick delivery model, briefly in the webinar, eliminates the need to update the agent software.   We focused on creating a very flexible model for adding new checks in the Cloudkick  system.  When Cloudkick adds a new check, the code is signed, encrypted and sent to a 3rd party CDN for delivery to each agent.

Again, a special thanks to the Rackspace Cloud team for putting together such a successful event! Click below to watch the full webinar.

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About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Angela Bartels.

Angela runs integrated marketing campaigns for Rackspace. She started at Rackspace in 2003 and has done everything from Linux support, account management, sales, product marketing and now lives in marketing. She left Rackspace in 2005 to work for PEER 1 Hosting but returned in 2009 because she was interested in the cloud computing movement (and has always been a Racker at heart). Angela is a strong believer in the power of storytelling.


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