THE FUTURE FOR CYBER SECURITY
A study entitled, State of Cyber Security 2017, performed by ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association), suggested that cyber security staff are becoming increasingly difficult to find in such a rapidly expanding and evolving field. The report was based on a survey of 633 cyber security specialists across North America and Europe, with 27% stating that they were unable to fill open cyber security positions in their businesses and another 14% unsure as to whether they would ever fill those positions...
CLOUD MONITORING COMPANIES
We have updated our list to include 10 additional cloud monitoring services. These services will accompany you in monitoring and safeguarding your data, critical applications and websites in real-time. This list is in no particular order of preference and if we’ve forgotten your company, let us know and we’ll look to include you in the next updated list.
New York based CA Technologies offers software solutions and services that provide tools for IT governance, IT management, and IT security for mainframe and distributed environments. Their core cloud solution is CA UIM, designed for proactively monitoring cloud and hybrid IT environments such as public clouds like AWS or Azure, and private cloud such as OpenStack or VMWare.
Rackspace acquired CloudKick in 2010, and then developed Rackspace Cloud Monitoring that is based on the acquired platform. Rackspace offers cloud monitoring services for public clouds like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, as well as for private clouds like VMware. Apollo Global Management acquired the company in 2016.
ScienceLogic has an excellent list of well known clients. They provide not only an IT monitoring tool but also able to utilize auto-discover IT assets, visualize dependencies, correlate events, enable automation, and more.
GOOGLE STACKDRIVER CLOUD MONITORING SERVICE
Google provides an extensive list of features which help monitor applications running on the Google Cloud Platform as well as Amazon Web Services. They are currently offering a free trial.
DataDog is a startup based out of New York which secured $31 Million in series C funding. They are quickly making a name for themselves and have a truly impressive client list with the likes of: Adobe, Salesforce, HP, Facebook and many others.
IBM SMARTCLOUD MONITORING
IBM SmartCloud Monitoring is a product that provides functionality to track physical and virtual infrastructure. Their solution is able to perform what-if capacity analysis and policy-driven analytics. IBM SmartCloud Monitoring is available free for 90 days with all functionality unlocked.
BMC Cloud Operations Management is a platform developed by BMC Software to offer proactive performance monitoring and capacity management. The Texas based company is traded publicly since 1988 and their solutions, including cloud performance and management tools, are implemented by 82% of Fortune 500 companies.
Keynote has been around since 1995 and have an impressive client list with the likes of: Akamai, AT&T, BBC, IBM, SAP and many others… Keynote solutions test from the user perspective, delivering high-volume traffic on demand and accurately modeling interaction, arrival patterns, and geographic diversity.
Cisco Cloud Consumption as a Service, renamed to Cisco CloudLock, is available for both enterprise customers and channel partners since January 2016. The service discovers all of the major cloud and SaaS platforms one’s customers use, and then provides assistance with optimization and consolidation of that portfolio.
Nagios is one of the leading vendors of IT monitoring and management tools offering cloud monitoring capabilities for AWS, EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) and S3 (Simple Storage Service). Their products include infrastructure, server, and network monitoring solutions like Nagios XI, Nagios Log Server, and Nagios Network Analyzer.
Kaseya Traverse has been in business since 2000 and is a cloud and service level management platform, with proactive monitoring and powerful root-cause analytics for all aspects of the IT environment – applications, databases, network infrastructure, cloud services, servers, data center equipment and VoIP. They have several case studies with a large client list including: Staples, University of Kentucky and Virginia Tech.
Soasta was founded in 2006. They provide seamless integration of test design, monitoring, and reporting of high quality Web applications and services. Their client list includes: Hallmark, Microsoft and Nordstom among many others.
AppDynamics provides application performance management (APM) solutions aimed for DevOps and custom application developers. Their Application Intelligence Platform offers functionality to proactively monitor, manage, and optimize the most complex software environments. Since 24 January 2017, the company is part of Cisco.
Microsoft provides multiple Azure-centric monitoring and management tools that are accessible via a centralized portal. These include resource manager, log analytics, scheduler, traffic manager, and insights and analytics tools.
Idera provides deep server monitors that monitor the performance of critical applications, databases, Web servers, network devices, and critical system-level services. With up.time, data center monitoring and business server monitoring is a simple task. You can choose from any of up.time’s built-in server monitors, application monitors, or quickly define your own custom probes in minutes.
SolarWinds has been in business since 1999. There services can monitor all the infrastructure in your datacenter using WMI, SNMP, CIM, JMX & VMware® API protocols. Their client list includes a high number of Governmental agencies most notably: NSA, U.S Army, Department of Homeland Security and many others.
Monitis has been in business since 2006 and their client list includes the likes of: AVIS, Survey Monkey, Stanford University and the University of Cambridge. They offer a Universal Cloud Monitoring Framework, Monitis can sync to other Cloud computing providers such as Rackspace, GoGrid, Softlayer, and many more. Their Universal Cloud Monitoring Framework will automate monitoring in highly dynamic cloud environments.
Opsview is a global privately held IT Systems Management software company whose core product, Opsview Enterprise was released in 2009. The company has offices in the UK and USA, boasting some 35,000 corporate clients. Their prominent clients include Cisco, MIT, Allianz, NewVoiceMedia, Active Network, and University of Surrey.
Bitnami Cloud Tools is a software suite that provides tools to manage and monitor AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. The company is well known for their easy to use cloud images, containers, and virtual machines that are developed to work on virtually any platform.
Apica was formed in 2005. Apica offers companies and developers, cloud-based load testing and web performance monitoring tools to test applications for maximum capacity, daily performance, improved load times, and protection from peak loads. Analyze online performance and pinpoint bottlenecks quickly and effectively. Their partners include: Rackspace, Rightscale, AWS and many others.
Loadstorm has been in business offering SaaS products since 1999. Their Load testing service allows web developers to know how their applications respond under heavy volumes of HTTP traffic. LoadStorm puts massive cloud resources in the hands of web developers to enable them to improve the performance of their web applications. Create your own test plans, and generate up to 50,000 concurrent users in realistic scenarios.
CloudHarmony (Acquired by Gartner in 2015) formed in 2009 and have been developing some very useful tools. You may use their extensive and continuously updated benchmarks to view and compare performance metrics from various cloud providers and services.
Part of the highly cost efficient Amazon Web Services (AWS) group, CloudWatch is a fairly basic, though very dynamic, tool that collects, monitors and tracks customizable data metrics. The Dashboards are interactive, allowing you to manually change categorizations and matrices through a very accessible API.
Oracle Cloud utilizes a complex interchange of software to provide insights on actual, and applicable, data flow. It is a tool that is flexible and can provide massive insight with any set of data. Oracle offers “experts in every industry” and is truly well rounded, reaching 110 million households and extracting data from 1,500 partners.
SevOne boasts ‘user friendliness’ with the ability to view metric, flow, and log data, all in a single dashboard. With alliances like Cisco and Dell, SevOne is far reaching, utilizing Networks, 4GLte, and the “Hybrid Cloud” to standardize cloud infrastructure and alleviate visibility gap risk.
By Glenn Blake