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CloudMonitor:What is CloudMonitor?

Last Updated:Jun 18, 2024

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

CloudMonitor provides a one-stop, out-of-the-box, and enterprise-class monitoring solution. CloudMonitor supports IT infrastructure monitoring and 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.

Service architecture



The following table describes the features that are supported by CloudMonitor.




Allows you to view monitoring data as needed. You can view monitoring data of different instances from different services by using a dashboard.

Application group

Allows you to manage resources from different services and regions by group. You can use application groups to manage resources, such as servers, databases, load balancers, and storage resources, of your business in a centralized manner. For example, you can manage alert rules and view monitoring data by application group. This improves O&M efficiency.

Host monitoring

Allows you to install CloudMonitor agents on ECS instances provided by Alibaba Cloud and hosts not provided by Alibaba Cloud to collect monitoring data of metrics such as CPU utilization, memory usage, disk usage, and network status. Host monitoring allows you to configure alert rules for all metrics.

Event monitoring

Allows you to report events, query events, and receive alerts about events. Event monitoring allows you to report exceptions or important changes in your business to CloudMonitor and receive alerts when exceptions occur.

Custom monitoring

Allows you to report business metrics about which you are concerned to CloudMonitor. CloudMonitor processes the collected monitoring data and generates alerts based on the processing result.

Site monitoring

Allows you to test network connectivity. Site monitoring sends detection requests that simulate real user access from Alibaba Cloud data centers to your site.

Cloud service monitoring

Allows you to monitor the metrics of the Alibaba Cloud services that are activated for your Alibaba Cloud account. You can view the monitoring data about resources of each Alibaba Cloud service in monitoring charts. You can also configure alert rules to monitor resources. If an alert is triggered based on the alert rules, CloudMonitor sends an alert notification to you. This way, you are notified of the status of your cloud resources as early as possible.

Alert service

Allows you to configure alert rules based on monitoring data. You can configure alert rules to specify how CloudMonitor checks the monitoring data and when CloudMonitor sends alert notifications. After you configure alert rules for important metrics, you can receive alert notifications when exceptions occur and handle the exceptions as early as possible.

Container monitoring

Allows you to monitor Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK) clusters across regions in a centralized and global way.