There are a lot of ways to have a discussion on monitoring – what is being monitored or how deep you want to go in the stack. If you are interested in those particular topics, you might want to check out this post on three things you should monitor, along with screencasts on how to implement the tools.
However, the approach that we took in this hangout was to look at the lifecycle of the project: how does monitoring affect planning, the build and maintenance of your solution? Here were some of the topics that came up, and as always you can watch the entire hangout below.
- Racker Drew Cox examined the importance of discussing what parts of your configuration need to be monitored to provide insight into key metrics for the health of your environment. This is important to do as you plan out your configuration to ensure that the critical pieces are being monitored before you get to the build stage.
- While you are planning, it is important to measure the right things. Find out the one metric that Racker Steve Katen said was the most underrated that you should consider monitoring.
- You shouldn’t simply deploy a monitoring plan and hope it works; you need to make sure that it is working according to plan. Drew discussed the importance of verifying the monitoring functionality by tripping the monitoring alerts on purpose.
- Finally, if you are monitoring memory and suddenly hit a wall, I offered some tips for how you can respond when hitting memory limits to help keep your server configuration online.
Remember that two very important things, monitoring and backups, are not set up by default for your configuration. This is because there are many different variables and preferences that customers have. However, it is extremely important to get these configured as you bring your system online. Rackspace is always here to help, and if you have questions about how to get them configured, be sure to give us a call when you are in the planning stage!
Curious what the Cloud Launch Team talked about in last week’s office hours? Check out a recap of their discussion on backing up your cloud configuration.