Hyperic, the maker of Web infrastructure monitoring software, is offering users the first peek inside cloud computing systems, starting with that of Amazon.
Senior Director of Marketing Stacey Schneider says that as of today users will be able to monitor five key Amazon services, using technology based on Hyperic HQ:
- Elastic Compute times
- Simple Storage times
- Simple Queue latency
- Simple DB query response times
- Flexible Payment, the speed of payment processing
"We had an anomaly this week. Suddenly wrapping up new instances became more time consuming. We were able to tell everyone else there was a problem," said Schneider. And now Amazon customers using Hyperic HQ will be able to do it themselves.
This kind of monitoring is key to bringing mission critical applications into clouds, she added.
"Most cloud applications are side projects. Only over the last 6-8 months have people started moving real business to it. The tools need to evolve for this. You need to monitor and manage these things."
While Amazon is getting the monitors first, and cooperated with Hyperic in the technology's development, Schneider said that over time all clouds will be covered. And everything will remain open source.
"We're going to have a community and a forum. We are going to be very open about the development. We got great help from the forums at Amazon in developing this. We were able to learn a lot from that and we'll continue that mentality."