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Cloud Monitoring Best Practices to Improve Your Strategy This Year

By 8 February 2022No Comments4 min read

If you think cloud monitoring strategy is simple, just think about all the things that require watching – security protection, uptime, downtime, and more. You’ll realize that you need organization, and you need to prioritize some things over others. 

Considering how cloud infrastructures produce and handle a humongous amount of data that continuously changes, how can organizations get the insights they need to optimize their IT system?

While it’s indeed a challenge to boost transparency, there are some practices that can help you improve your cloud monitoring strategy:

Figure Out Which Metrics Matter the Most to Your Organization

Yes, in order to know how and what to monitor, you first need to figure out how you want to define the problem to be solved. What metrics do you want to optimize? Are you looking into performance or an availability metric? Or maybe your audit requirements are driving your monitoring focus.

Start with a set of goals or a purpose for the monitoring project itself – it will help define the metrics you need to measure. Once you know what matters, it will be easier to choose what data you need to collect.

Choose Your Tools Based on the Primary Metrics

Say you’ve decided to measure performance metrics – like latency, availability, or error rates. That’s an easy choice because there are specialized tools that can help you do that by collecting metrics directly from the infrastructure.

But when it comes to a set of metrics like security and compliance, you’ll need to use a different set of tools because the data isn’t natively collected within the infrastructure. You’ll need to turn to a different set of tools – network security, SIEM, IT audit, or encryption tools.

Know That Numbers Are Senseless Without Context

Understanding what your numbers mean is more important than having the right set of numbers. Numbers are just meaningless data sets. What you need to understand is how they were collected, what they mean, and how they relate to each other.

Sure, you can get data from the infrastructure and select some set of parameters to monitor, but a better approach is to look at it in context. For instance, you can slice and dice the data by business unit area or geographical region.

If you need to get a better understanding of the data, you can correlate it with other data sources, like logs. By doing that, you start to get more insight into why the situation is happening and how it can be fixed.

Monitor User Experience

Once you have a clear understanding of your metrics and how to collect them, the next step is to make sure they are helping you identify and optimize the user experience.

For instance, when you look at a performance metric, how long do you need to wait before you can track the behavior you’re interested in? Do you need to capture data over a more extended period? That’s just one example that requires a bit more thought.

The bottom line is that you shouldn’t just look at the metrics, how they affect user experience, and how to make them actionable.

Automate As Much As You Can

One of the significant benefits of moving to the cloud is having the infrastructure automatically handled for you. It’s your chance to be more efficient, so make the most out of it.

Think about the amount of work that goes into manually configuring a server: from physically setting it up to installing and configuring all the required components to monitoring everything that the server needs to work on.

When you move to the cloud, you can hand this work over to someone else, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about it. Instead, you can use the automation benefits of the cloud to get this work done for you.

Conclusion

When choosing the right cloud monitoring strategy, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. However, some practices can help you get started. Hopefully, the best practices shared in this post will help you improve your cloud monitoring strategy in 2022. 

Rabbon is a trusted cyber security consultant that can help you with cloud monitoring strategy. Contact us today and find out what we can do for your organization!

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