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  • Optimize your service with AWS performance monitoring

    Native Amazon Web Services tools can help optimize performance, but they don't always give cloud developers and administrators the entire picture. Often, third-party cloud management tools can fill in the gaps to help with AWS performance monitoring, as well as troubleshoot and repair performance issues. So what’s the right mix of AWS monitoring tools? Many AWS shops use third-party products to help with cloud monitoring, while others prefer native tools.

    This guide highlights what you want to accomplish with those tools, including managing logs, tracking analytics and doing routine health checks, and gives a rundown of some preferred tools. Having an understanding of what AWS monitoring software to use and why you're using it is part of AWS monitoring best practices.

    In addition, AWS premier partners produce tools that have been well received, which further complicates matters. This three-part guide describes the various products available from AWS itself and from third-party suppliers. It also features advice for determining which tools might be right for particular types of AWS users.

    Readers can also expect insight from AWS users about AWS monitoring best practices -- specifically, what an admin should be looking for and how to get the most bang for your buck. It can be as simple as entering your AWS environment with a plan for what you want to use there.

    There's also advice in this guide for startup companies using AWS, including a look at when a company is paying for more cloud computing than it needs.

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  • What third-party tools can I use for Office 365 monitoring?

    Our business is migrating from an on-premises server to Office 365. What third-party monitoring tools can we use to make sure it is running at optimal performance? Continue Reading

  • What should an AWS cloud disaster recovery plan contain?

    Now that we're moving applications into AWS, how should our cloud disaster recovery plan differ from a traditional on-premises DR strategy? Continue Reading

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  • Select the right cloud regions, availability zones to optimize costs

    Cloud computing can bring a multitude of unexpected costs. To stay within budget, evaluate the costs associated with regions and availability zones. Continue Reading

  • Inside Azure and AWS regions and availability zones

    One battleground of the public cloud provider war is the number of data centers that AWS and Azure have. But it is not an apples-to-apples comparison between respective regions. Continue Reading

  • Get smart about backup and DR in AWS

    Mission-critical workloads require a disaster recovery (DR) plan, regardless of whether they are kept on premises or in a public cloud. In AWS disaster recovery, though, IT teams must make specific decisions and follow best practices so IT functions can continue with little noticeable interruption.

    This three-part guide explores the best ways to devise and test a disaster recovery plan in AWS. IT planners must think carefully about AWS-specific considerations, such as how to take advantage of availability zones, regions and load balancing. These capabilities for AWS backup and disaster recovery are impressive. In fact, many people see the public cloud as ideally suited for these purposes. How well an organization averts trouble -- or recovers from it -- when something fails will depend largely on whether it has done the planning and testing necessary to activate an effective DR strategy. If that strategy includes conducting backup and DR in AWS, the building blocks are there, ready to be assembled.

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