Feeds

Rackspace plugs event monitoring into its servers

Expands cloud monitoring tech with 'Virgo' agent project

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration

Rackspace has broadened the capabilities of its cloud monitoring technology by letting admins put an agent on their servers to get a clearer idea of how apps are using hardware resources.

The upgrades to Cloud Monitoring include server monitoring, a graphing feature for viewing old data, PagerDuty integration, and multi-data center redundancy, Rackspace announced on Wednesday.

The Server Monitoring technology works via a monitoring agent named Virgo, which lets admins perform checks on load average, CPU, memory, filesystem, and network usage. Admins can design their own checks via the API.

If you put all this together, the tech would theoretically let an admin write a script for querying the number of active sessions on a database, which the agent could then execute at pre-determined intervals, alerting the admin if the number went over a pre-agreed "safe" amount via paging them through PagerDuty.

The agent works across both Windows and Linux cloud environments, and is built on top of Node.js's libuv cross-platform library. The overhead of the agent is around 6MB of RAM per cloud server.

Rackspace have published the agent's code as open source via the "Virgo" project on Github. "Virgo is a project for building an on-host agents. The goal is to provide shared infrastructure for various types of agents," the company wrote on its Github page. "Join in and build your agent with us."

Server Monitoring will be free until July 31, the company said, though it has yet to disclose pricing details thereafter. Much of its technology is based on tech from monitoring outfit Cloudkick, which Rackspace acquired in December, 2010.

Though the tool will be useful for Rackspace admins, it also highlights the loss of information that happens when people move to the cloud. If you operated your own servers within your own data center, then you'd have access to all this information anyway, though it would require a bit of fiddling.

Google engineers may scoff at the tech as well, as the Chocolate Factory is currently rolling out an experimental monitoring technology named CPI2 that inspects every single task on every single one of the company's servers and can analyze performance down to the individual CPU level – but whether a typical cloud admin would want to deal with task-specific latency reports on individual chips is another question. ®

Best practices for enterprise data

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
VMware builds product executables on 50 Mac Minis
And goes to the Genius Bar for support
Multipath TCP speeds up the internet so much that security breaks
Black Hat research says proposed protocol will bork network probes, flummox firewalls
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers
They're not emails, they're business records, says court
Microsoft says 'weird things' can happen during Windows Server 2003 migrations
Fix coming for bug that makes Kerberos croak when you run two domain controllers
Cisco says network virtualisation won't pay off everywhere
Another sign of strain in the Borg/VMware relationship?
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?