There are many factors that could be seen as impediments to the adoption of "cloud computing" architectures. One of them is the assumption by some suppliers that organizations are going to leap with both feet into running important applications offsite somewhere in the cloud. These folks haven't learned from what has come before -- service bureaus and application service providers to name a couple.
Being able to manage these remote resources clearly is another issue. Hyperic started down the path to offering a solution back in July (see the post Hyperic CloudStatus for more information). Well, the good folks at Hyperic are at it again. This time, they're expanding the scope of CloudStatus to include Google's App Engine.
Here's a snippet from Hyperic's release
Open source web infrastructure management provider Hyperic Inc. today announced the newest cloud provider to be supported by its groundbreaking CloudStatus service—Google App Engine. Google App Engine is the second significant cloud service to be monitored by CloudStatus, which launched in June with support for Amazon Web Services. Support for additional cloud providers is planned for the coming months.
Hyperic’s free CloudStatus service delivers real-time, independent insight into the health and performance of the App Engine, giving users a greater level of confidence in the reliability, availability and scalability of web applications running on Google’s infrastructur
Snapshot analysisAlthough the concept is fairly simple, develop a tool that imposes a workload on the cloud server's network and report on the results, Hyperic is one of the first to offer some sort of neutral, independent tool to monitor performance, reliability and other factors related to major cloud computing suppliers. Although it is clear that what Hyperic is doing is a work in progress, it offers something usable today.
Hyperic isn't alone in its focus on cloud computing. Endeavors Technologies, Skytap, and Stoneware are others offering tools to making clouds viable platforms for organizational workloads.
Is your organization considering hosting some of its IT infrastructure in the clouds? If so, what applications? Which cloud?