Zenoss Extends Free Cloud Monitoring for Amazon AWS
April 17, 2013
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Zenoss announced the release of an updated version of its free Amazon Web Services (AWS) ZenPack.

Combined with either the commercial or free open-source Zenoss IT operations platforms, organizations large and small can now get unified visibility into the performance and availability of both AWS and on premise based applications and services.

With the new AWS ZenPack, cloud systems staff can take real-time status of infrastructure attributes - such as the geographic location (region and availability zone) of leased resources, the subnets applied, and how instances depend on volumes – into logical account when managing AWS resources via direct commands, scripts, or API calls. Such insights make it easier to design applications for improved resiliency, as well as making any necessary fixes more precise – even with the increasing use of automated remediation.

“If you don’t think AWS resources are being added to your IT infrastructure, check again,” said Alan Conley, CTO at Zenoss. “Cloud services such as Amazon Web Services™ are becoming the BYOD of corporate IT infrastructure. Large and small companies alike are leveraging AWS for rapid deployment of new capabilities and long-term capacity augmentation. Our customers can see the full hybrid IT picture, set the right priorities, respond to incidents with more precise answers, and – optimally – design for resiliency.”

Key Additions to the Open Source Amazon Web Services ZenPack include:

- Consumption of custom CloudWatch metrics via real-time APIs (so Zenoss monitoring graphs, event management, and notifications can encompass unique DevOps-style metrics from custom applications)

- Monitoring of Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) resources over a secure VPN connection

- Monitoring of multiple AWS accounts

- Automated discovery of regions, zones, VPCs, subnets, volumes, and instances

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