Cloudkick Webinar Recap: Managing Windows in the Cloud

This post was written and contributed by Dan Di Spaltro, Founder of Cloudkick, a Rackspace Cloud Tools Partner.

We were very happy to participate in a webinar with the Rackspace Cloud talking about managing Windows Servers in the Cloud.

Managing infrastructure on the Cloud, or anywhere for that matter, is a tough proposition.  Windows infrastructure is no exception.  Rackspace has focused on making the provisioning process straightforward so it was a natural step to help the management and monitoring.  Getting alerts upon failures, spotting hot-spots with your data, graphing any metric you want and supporting Windows/Linux hardware side by side with cloud, dedicated and fully managed.

Key points covered:

  • Cloudkick tagging is very important in the UI, it semantically defines permissions and monitors.
  • Adding credentials to Cloudkick only requires looking up the API keys and then entering them into Cloudkick.
  • Getting the agent up and running is simple and straightforward.
    • Getting the OAuth credentials from Cloudkick requires logging in and copying the key and secret and distributing it to every machine you want monitored
  • Defining custom monitors allows any technical, application, or business metric graphed/trended in the system.
    • Setting custom alerts allows for the ultimate flexibility in alert infrastructure
  • Fault detection with Cloudkick is unified between Windows and Linux operating systems.  You are able to see metrics from either systems through a single pane of glass.
  • The full permission system

The Cloudkick delivery model, briefly in the webinar, eliminates the need to update the agent software.   We focused on creating a very flexible model for adding new checks in the Cloudkick  system.  When Cloudkick adds a new check, the code is signed, encrypted and sent to a 3rd party CDN for delivery to each agent.

Again, a special thanks to the Rackspace Cloud team for putting together such a successful event! Click below to watch the full webinar.

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