Cloud computing has become increasingly popular. Statistics show that roughly nine in 10 businesses now use at least one cloud computing service. Whether part or all of your business’s information technology (IT) infrastructure is on the cloud, you may want to invest in a cloud monitoring service.

What Is a Cloud Monitoring Service?

A cloud monitoring service is a business-to-business (B2B) service that’s designed to evaluate and monitor a business’s activities on the cloud. The cloud, of course, refers to one or more remote servers. Servers can be local or remote. Using local servers will result in an on-premise IT infrastructure. Using remote servers, on the other hand, will result in a cloud IT infrastructure. A cloud monitoring service is a B2B service that leverages software and tools to monitor your business’s activities on the cloud.

How Cloud Monitoring Services Work

Cloud monitoring services are offered by cloud computing providers as well as third-party providers. When you sign up for a cloud computing service, for instance, you may have the option of adding a monitoring service to your plan. Alternatively, you can choose a cloud monitoring service from a third-party provider. Third-party cloud monitoring services can be integrated with existing cloud computing services.

Whether you choose a cloud monitoring service offered by your cloud computing provider or a third party, your business’s activities on the cloud will be monitored. Cloud monitoring services are designed to look for problematic activities.

Benefits of using a cloud monitoring service include the following:

  • Protection from vulnerabilities that could otherwise lead to cyber threats
  • Identify and eliminate technical errors
  • Improve speed and overall performance

Choosing a Cloud Monitoring Service: What You Should Know

Not all cloud monitoring services are the same. When choosing a cloud monitoring service, you should consider the type of cloud with which it can be used. Some cloud monitoring services can only be used with public clouds, whereas others can be used with private clouds. You’ll need to choose a cloud monitoring service that supports your business’s cloud type.

The features included in cloud monitoring services may also vary. Some of them come with database monitoring. If your business has a database on the cloud, you can use these services to monitor it. Other cloud monitoring services come with virtual machine (VM) monitoring. They can monitor VMs hosted on the cloud. Before signing up for a cloud monitoring service, check the features to see what exactly it offers.