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What Is Cloudmonitor Used For

CloudMonitor is a service that monitors Alibaba Cloud resources and Internet applications.

CloudMonitor Definition

CloudMonitor provides a one-stop, out-of-the-box, and enterprise-class monitoring solution. CloudMonitor supports IT infrastructure monitoring and dial testing-based Internet quality monitoring by using events and custom metrics. The monitoring services provided by CloudMonitor are efficient, comprehensive, and cost-effective. CloudMonitor helps you improve system service availability and reduce the operations and maintenance (O&M) costs of IT infrastructure.

CloudMonitor provides application groups and alert templates to monitor tens of thousands of instances from dozens of services. You can add resources from different services and regions to the same application group to simplify resource management.

CloudMonitor allows you to monitor the metrics of Alibaba Cloud services, detect the availability of websites hosted on Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances or carrier servers, and configure alert rules for specified metrics. This way, you can monitor the usage of your Alibaba Cloud services and the status of your applications. You can also resolve alerts as early as possible to ensure the availability of your applications.

CloudMonitor Benefits

CloudMonitor is an achievement of Alibaba Group after multiple years of research on server monitoring technologies. CloudMonitor is integrated with the strong data analysis capabilities of the Alibaba Cloud computing platform. It provides cloud service monitoring, site monitoring, and custom monitoring to safeguard your products and business.

  • Seamless integration
    You can use CloudMonitor immediately after you create an Alibaba Cloud account, without the need to activate CloudMonitor. You can view the status of your Alibaba Cloud services and configure alert rules for the services in the CloudMonitor console.
  • Data visualization
    CloudMonitor uses dashboards to provide a rich array of monitoring charts. CloudMonitor allows you to view dashboards in full screen and can automatically refresh monitoring data. This meets the need of monitoring data visualization in various scenarios.
  • Monitoring data processing
    CloudMonitor allows you to use dashboards to aggregate monitoring data by time or space.
  • Flexible alerting
    CloudMonitor provides the alert service for metrics. You can configure alert rules and alert notification methods for metrics. CloudMonitor sends an alert notification immediately after an alert rule is triggered. This allows you to detect and fix resource exceptions at the earliest opportunity and improves service availability

What Is Cloudmonitor Used For

CloudMonitor can monitor your resources in the following scenarios.

  • Cloud service monitoring
    CloudMonitor monitors the resources of all cloud services within your Alibaba Cloud account. You can view the status of the specified resources and the usage of metrics in the cloud service. You can also configure alert rules for the metrics. If an alert is triggered based on the alert rules, CloudMonitor sends an alert notification.
  • Host monitoring
    CloudMonitor can monitor the basic metrics of an Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance to ensure that the instance runs as expected. The basic metrics include CPU usage, memory usage, and disk usage.
  • Timely troubleshooting
    CloudMonitor sends an alert notification based on the alert rules if a metric exceeds the specified threshold. This allows you to know, query, and handle the exceptions at the earliest opportunity.
  • Timely scaling
    After you configure alert rules for monitoring metrics such as bandwidth, connections, and disk usage, you can monitor the status of cloud services. If your business expands, you can receive alert notifications to scale out your cloud services at the earliest opportunity.
  • Site monitoring
    CloudMonitor can monitor sites by using HTTP (HTTPS), ICMP, TCP, UDP, DNS, SMTP, POP3, and FTP. CloudMonitor monitors the availability, response time, and packet loss rate of your site. This allows you to monitor the overall site availability and handle exceptions at the earliest opportunity.
  • Custom monitoring
    If the system metrics cannot meet your requirements, CloudMonitor allows you to create custom metrics. The monitoring data of custom metrics is collected and reported to CloudMonitor. CloudMonitor displays monitoring charts and provides the alert service for the custom metrics.

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