DigitalOcean Releases Free Monitoring Service
April 04, 2017

DigitalOcean launched a free monitoring service that provides insight into the resource utilization and operational health of every Droplet (cloud server).

Developers can collect and visualize metrics in graphs, monitor Droplet performance and receive alerts in one intuitive interface, with no configuration required.

"Our goal is to simplify the complexities of infrastructure by offering a simple and robust platform for developers to easily launch and scale their applications," said Julia Austin, CTO of DigitalOcean. "A Monitoring service is an important feature for developers, and we're thrilled to be able to offer it for free regardless of the number of Droplets. In the coming year, we'll continue to move our Monitoring service forward and introduce new capabilities for high availability, data storage, security and networking to manage larger production workloads."

The Monitoring service measures each Droplet's CPU, memory, disk utilization, disk reads and writes, network traffic and top processes. Metrics are collected at one-minute intervals and the data is retained to enable users to view both up-to-the-minute and historical data. Developers can create alert policies and receive notifications by email or Slack when usage crosses a specified threshold.

Enterprise Strategy Group Analyst Daniel Conde said: "Many people start monitoring too late in the game, and it's important to start the process in pre-production and continue it as workloads scale. Identifying potential trouble spots early on will help sift out performance problems before they become critical, and it's a good move for DigitalOcean to include a monitoring service at no extra cost within its developer-oriented cloud."

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