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Meeting The Challenges of Monitoring in The Cloud

This meetup's topic is "Meeting The Challenges of Monitoring in The Cloud", presented by Baron Schwartz, founder and CEO of VividCortex.

The infrastructure underneath modern apps is rapidly changing, with cloud and hybrid infrastructure now commonplace. The IaaS trend, however, is just the beginning. Today, a “cloud-hosted app” may mean renting EC2 instances and installing and running your platform as you always did, but in the future you won’t think about virtual servers. You’ll think about services instead, e.g. DBaaS, lambda computing, and so-called “serverless” computing (c.f. horseless carriages). This is already the reality; the majority of the growth in database markets over the last few years has been in services such as Amazon RDS, rather than installing MySQL in EC2. And most major and emerging database companies are turning to DBaaS as a major part of their business model (see Azure, MongoDB Atlas, InfluxCloud, Elastic Cloud, Citus Cloud, etc).

There are some real visibility and governance challenges to solve, though; without good visibility, you can’t find issues, you can’t diagnose and solve them, and you can’t be sure controls and security measures are actually operational. And “black-box” hosted DBaaS forces you to rely on the monitoring that the vendor provides, which is often an afterthought at best, designed by people who aren’t solving the same problems you are.

How can you prepare for the challenges of meeting your service level objectives with services over which you have increasingly less visibility and control? What benefits will you get in return? And how can you influence the future and ensure vendors create the solutions you need, rather than accepting what you’re given and making the best of it?

Database and monitoring expert Baron Schwartz will address these topics in a lively, interactive discussion on October 10th at the Boston MySQL User Group. Baron is the founder and CEO of VividCortex, a database-centric APM solution that covers APM’s critical visibility gap in hybrid, distributed datastores. He is deeply involved in many database communities (author of High Performance MySQL, PostgreSQL speaker and advocate, Oracle ACE) and has written and spoken extensively on database performance and scaling. He has also spent many years creating open source software for database monitoring and administration.

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