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Cloud computing has been a force in the industry for the past few years. Regardless of your feelings for it, one fact remains true ─ you have to monitor it just like any other system in your infrastructure, sometimes more so. The cloud presents a few challenges for traditional monitoring: the base hardware isn't yours; the instance isn't on your network and sometimes the machine can just vanish never to be heard from again. New Instances Create Old Problems Let's start with the latter problem. There are many tools out there to help you manage your cloud instances, most of which understand that things go away, recognize that, and boot up new machines on the fly with a command or two. How do we tie that into your monitoring though? Traditional systems require sometimes complex configuration changes and service restarts to recognize those changes. Some companies I talk ... (more)