Boundary announces monitoring for AWS applications

One of the challenges of using cloud services, such as those offered by Amazon, is that independent monitoring can be a challenge. Boundary believes that its service offering that understands normal operational characteristics and sends proactive alerts when issues arise is the solution.

Organizations that deploy cloud-based applications find that some performance and system management capabilities are not offered by cloud services, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft's Azure. This means that these organizations need to monitor their services directly.  Boundary is a newcomer to the market and is offering a service designed to directly address this need.

Here's what Boundary has to say about its service offering.

Boundary has released critical new application monitoring capabilities for companies running on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other public and private cloud infrastructure. These new capabilities enable companies, for the first time ever, to get early warnings of pending application infrastructure issues that, left unchecked, would affect customer experience. The enhanced solution will be on display this week at AWS re: Invent, Amazon’s global conference for AWS customers and partners.

Boundary’s updated service includes a proactive alerting capability that understands normal application behavior and, using advanced analytics, warns users at the earliest sign of potential problems. Boundary has also added a Big Data store that will enable customers to stash detailed performance data for long periods, as well as a reporting component that will automatically compare historical and current performance metrics, and email the summaries to customers.

The new version of Boundary addresses this challenge by collecting previously unexposed data every single second, understanding the dynamic application topology, learning the normal behavior of applications on a minute-by-minute basis, and providing real-time, analytics-driven warnings on performance abnormalities. Using the reporting capability and long-term data store, customers can examine all the metrics for prior periods to help in problem diagnosis. This way, users can resolve potential issues before customers are impacted.

Snapshot analysis

Boundary is entering a crowded and dynamic market. Each of the players offers interesting capabiliites. While Boundary's offering appears useful, it would be wise for IT decision makers to consider offerings from many suppliers before making a decision. In the past, I've spoken with suppliers, such as AppDynamics, BMC, CA, ExtraHop, HP, IBM, OpTier, Nastel, Zenoss, and several others who would suggest that their approach is better for one reason or another.

Talking with Boundary would be useful during the decision making process.