Monitor Any Cloud Or Web Infrastructure With New Rackspace Cloud Monitoring – Now In Unlimited Availability

Filed in Product & Development by Dan Di Spaltro | August 22, 2012 11:00 am

This month, we raised the curtain on the Rackspace open cloud[1] and welcomed our customers into a new era of openness, choice and innovation. And now we’re taking that one step further by making  Rackspace Cloud Monitoring[2] available to everyone through Unlimited Availablity. Cloud Monitoring is a powerful tool that unlocks the value of the open cloud by letting customers monitor any cloud or infrastructure, whether it’s hosted in your datacenter or ours. It’s one easy solution to monitor all IT infrastructure from a single interface, regardless of vendor or location. Cloud Monitoring joins Cloud Servers[3] powered by OpenStack and Cloud Databases[4] as pillars of the Rackspace open cloud.

Continuous Development To Innovate Faster

About five months ago, we offered our customers early access to Cloud Monitoring. Now, it is generally available to all. Throughout the early access program, we have made improvements to Cloud Monitoring to shape it into a rock-solid foundation on which to innovate. Here is a taste of some of the changes since we opened the Early Access Program[5]:

This velocity is possible because of coordination across all monitoring zones, and the tool that helps us best leverage that is dreadnot[6], the open source technology that enables continuous deployment.

Ease Of Management With New Control Panel

Another giant leap forward we’ve made is integrating Cloud Monitoring into the new Rackspace Cloud Control Panel[7], the slick new cloud management interface. This integration puts us on a path to continue iterating and improving the UI experience.

Here is the simple check creation widget. This is a quick and easy way to bootstrap creating Checks[8] and Alarms[9] in the Cloud Monitoring API. This will also help teach you about the different concepts by bootstrapping some of the configuration in the UI. This appears on the Server details page, and is showing the creation of a ping check:

Check out some examples of creating a HTTP monitor. The process is simple to set up and easy to maintain.

After adding the check you can see the different checks and their corresponding statuses. This is a clean view that gives you all the information at your fingertips.

New Features And APIs

Here’s a quick snapshot of other new features we’ve recently added to Cloud Monitoring:

Check out the release notes[16] for details on other features.

Developer Center

We also have a new developer center[17], which is one-stop shop for all your technical needs. Check to the following content to get started.

And if you are looking for a more advanced integration, check out

Also, please visit the Control Panel[26] to configure monitors. This will give you great examples of some of the capabilities of the monitoring system.

What’s Coming?

We’ve invested a lot in building a world-class monitoring system for the cloud. And we’ll continue to grow and add more sophisticated features. Here’s a sample of what’s coming:

If you are interested in a preview of the agent, please fill out this short form[29].

Stay tuned for more features. We’ll update you as they come.

Sign Up Now!

Sign up[30] for Rackspace Cloud Monitoring now. The whole team is really excited to get feedback about current and future functionality.  You have a seat at the table to make this product awesome so please sound off on our feedback site[31].

Endnotes:
  1. curtain on the Rackspace open cloud: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/a-new-open-era-for-the-rackspace-cloud/
  2. Rackspace Cloud Monitoring: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/public/monitoring/
  3. Cloud Servers: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/the-open-rackspace-cloud-better-faster-more-affordable/
  4. Cloud Databases: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/rackspace-cloud-databases-is-ready-for-your-apps-and-free-until-september/
  5. Early Access Program: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/cloud-monitoring-early-access-program-opens-its-doors/
  6. dreadnot: https://github.com/racker/dreadnot
  7. the new Rackspace Cloud Control Panel: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/cool-features-in-the-new-rackspace-cloud-control-panel/
  8. Checks: http://docs.rackspace.com/cm/api/v1.0/cm-devguide/content/concepts-key-terms.html
  9. Alarms: http://docs.rackspace.com/cm/api/v1.0/cm-devguide/content/concepts-key-terms.html
  10. Alarm Examples API: http://docs.rackspacecloud.com/cm/api/v1.0/cm-devguide/content/service-alarm-examples.html
  11. Status Interpolation: http://docs.rackspace.com/cm/api/v1.0/cm-devguide/content/alerts-language.html#concepts-alarms-status-strings
  12. Traceroute: http://docs.rackspace.com/cm/api/v1.0/cm-devguide/content/service-monitoring-zones.html#service-monitoring-zones-traceroute
  13. view the docs here: http://docs.rackspace.com/cm/api/v1.0/cm-devguide/content/service-monitoring-zones.html#service-monitoring-zones-traceroute
  14. Test existing check: http://docs.rackspacecloud.com/cm/api/v1.0/cm-devguide/content/service-checks.html#service-checks-test-existing
  15. Add a previous operator: http://docs.rackspacecloud.com/cm/api/v1.0/cm-devguide/content/alerts-language.html#concepts-alarms-constructs-previous
  16. release notes: http://docs.rackspacecloud.com/cm/api/v1.0/cm-releasenotes/content/cmv1.4.html
  17. developer center: http://docs.rackspace.com/api/
  18. Getting Started Guide: http://docs.rackspace.com/cm/api/cm-getting-started-latest/index.html
  19. API Developer Guide: http://docs.rackspace.com/cm/api/cm-devguide-latest/index.html
  20. Release Notes: http://docs.rackspace.com/cm/api/cm-releasenotes-latest/index.html
  21. FAQs: http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/product-faq/cloud-monitoring
  22. Chef integration: http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/article/cloud-monitoring-automation-integrate-monitoring-with-chef
  23. Ruby bindings (fog): https://github.com/racker/rackspace-monitoring-rb
  24. Python bindings (libcloud): https://github.com/racker/rackspace-monitoring
  25. Raxmon CLI: https://github.com/racker/rackspace-monitoring-cli
  26. Control Panel: https://mycloud.rackspace.com/
  27. presentation on Virgo : http://ifup.org/slides/virgo-oscon-2012/#1
  28. forum on compiling the agent: https://github.com/racker/virgo
  29. short form: https://surveys.rackspace.com/Survey.aspx?s=54781787ae8f40d5ad81f8eae1e3ace9
  30. Sign up: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/public/monitoring/
  31. sound off on our feedback site: http://feedback.rackspace.com/forums/71021-product-feedback/category/41927-cloud-monitoring

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