Cloud provider support
Written by David Mytton
Update 26th Jan 2010: Automatically deploying server monitoring across servers
We have just released extensive cloud provider support within Server Density, our server monitoring application. On the most basic level this allows you to automatically import your cloud server instances into Server Density ready to be monitored, but also includes some more advanced functionality where supported by the provider.
This is available right now for all trial and paid users, click the link in the new box on the right hand side of the “Add Server” page. If you wish to extend an expired trial to test it out, just let us know.
Basic functionality for all providers
- Pull in a list of all servers and choose which servers you want to import, automatically populating the fields within Server Density.
- Keep track of the status of cloud servers so when they are terminated, they will automatically be marked for deletion within Server Density. You then have 24 hours to undo the deletion before the data is permanently removed as with a normal server.
Extra functionality for Amazon EC2
If you enable Amazon CloudWatch monitoring on your EC2 instances, Server Density will automatically pull in the data, graph it and allow you to configure alerts. This can be instead of our own monitoring agent or used to supplement it.
With CloudWatch enabled, you’ll get CPU utilisation, disk activity and network activity stats pulled into your Server Density account; you do not need to do anything else – the monitoring will start right away. If you install the agent, our metrics will replace those of CloudWatch except for disk activity, which will be in addition to the disk usage stats our agent provides.
Note: CloudWatch data is a few minutes behind real time.
Video demo – Amazon EC2
Video demo – GoGrid
Video demo – Linode
Video demo – Rackspace Cloud