SUSE Debuts OpenStack Cloud Monitoring

by Sean Michael Kerner

New commercial product is based on the OpenStack Monasca project.

BOSTON — SUSE is expanding its cloud portfolio with a new monitoring service that is based on the OpenStack Monasca project. The new SUSE OpenStack Cloud monitoring product is an add-on for SUSE OpenStack Cloud to deliver additional fully scalable monitoring and management capabilities.

Pete Chadwick, Director of Product Management, Cloud and Systems Management, for SUSE, explained that the lead contributors to the Monasca SUSEproject have been HPE and Fujitsu. SUSE recently acquired HPE's cloud assets and is now growing the portfolio.

"As the HPE team is now with SUSE, we expect to continue that investment," Chadwick told ServerWatch.

There are many different projects that make up the OpenStack platform, including the Ceilometer project, which has often been thought of as a monitoring tool as well.

Chadwick explained that Ceilometer is more focused on metering, while Monasca is focused on collecting and storing log data to simplify operations at scale.

"Monasca includes a notification engine that consumes alarm state changes and can generate notifications," Chadwick said. "The notification process can be configured."

Security is not the primary focus for Monasca; rather the focus is on stability and uptime, and Chadwick said SUSE expects it to be an ongoing platform for operations and monitoring.

"The community continues to simplify management of alarms and logs via improved APIs," Chadwick said. "This also is a key component of managing a software-defined infrastructure so we will continue to expand coverage of monitored elements."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

This article was originally published on Wednesday May 10th 2017
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