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Self-service clouds have changed the way enterprises consume IT services. Corporations, public sector organizations and departments can now easily initiate a relationship with an outside service provider to take advantage of all of the benefits of the cloud (e.g. on-demand self-services, utility-billing, rapid deployment, instantaneous scalability, etc.). When these shadow IT environments are created, however, central IT is often not notified or involved in the process. This makes it difficult for businesses to ensure that security, governance and IT spend are well managed across the organization.
The cloud is a utility service and, similar to a utility like electricity, you pay for it based on your hourly usage. The major advantage of the cloud’s utility pricing is that costs scale up and down along with your configuration, allowing you to plan for the traffic of your visitors without waste or excess. But rather than talking directly about dollars and cents, let’s use an analogy of hosting a dinner party to understand the power of utility pricing.
When you’re working in your cloud app, the cloud enables you to easily spin up and down different servers and services with a click of a button. The drawback to this model, however, is that cost can be difficult to track. It’s easy to forget to shut down an instance, or a bug in app code could spin instances up without ever taking them down. Monitoring your costs is the third metric that developers should monitor, and Rackspace Cloud Tools partner Cloudability is a third-party tool that can be a big help.
As a developer who has worked both at a startup and for Rackspace, I know the importance of monitoring. The worst thing is finding out that your app is down from a tweet or email from your end user. In addition to the performance of the app, it is also helpful to know the cost that you are incurring. While the pay-as-you-go utility pricing of the cloud has enabled many entrepreneurs to get their app up and running, forgetting to spin down servers that you put online for a short burst of time can end up biting you. That is why it is important to monitor these three things: physical infrastructure, application health and spend.
CloudU Notebooks is a weekly blog series that explores topics from the CloudU certificate program in bite sized chunks, written by me, Ben Kepes, curator of CloudU. How-tos, interviews with industry giants and the occasional opinion piece are what you can expect to find. If that’s your cup of tea, you can subscribe here.
CloudU Notebooks is a weekly blog series that explores topics from the CloudU certificate program in bite sized chunks, written by me, Ben Kepes, curator of CloudU. How-tos, interviews with industry giants and the occasional opinion piece are what you can expect to find. If that’s your cup of tea, you can subscribe here.
CloudU Notebooks is a weekly blog series that explores topics from the CloudU certificate program in bite sized chunks, written by me, Ben Kepes, curator of CloudU. How-tos, interviews with industry giants and the occasional opinion piece are what you can expect to find. If that’s your cup of tea, you can subscribe here.
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