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What Is Google Cloud Monitoring?

The Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is a powerful system where teams can save data, collaborate, and move into the future of work. Within the Google Cloud, there’s an abundance of resources meant to enhance the user experience and help teams innovate using data and intuitive features. One such resource is Google Cloud Monitoring.

Cloud Monitoring collects metrics, events, and metadata from Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), hosted uptime probes, and application instrumentation. Teams also have the option to use the BindPlane service to collect this data from over 150 common application components, on-premise systems, and hybrid cloud systems. 

Then, Google Cloud’s operations suite ingests that data and generates insights via charts, dashboards, and alerts. This monitoring, including the BindPlane service, is included with your Google Cloud project at no additional cost.


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Benefits of Google Cloud Monitoring

Cloud Monitoring gives you visibility into the performance, availability, and health of your applications and infrastructure. Here are some key benefits of this service:

  • For Google Cloud and Other Environments - Cloud Monitoring offers out-of-the-box metric collection dashboards for Google Cloud Platform services. It also supports monitoring hybrid and multi-cloud environments for all types of businesses.
  • Identify Trends, Prevent Performance Issues - Using Cloud Monitoring, teams can identify trends and prevent problems before they happen. This system displays metrics, events, and metadata with rich query language to uncover patterns and issues. Then, service-level objectives can measure the user experience and improve collaboration.
  • Reduce Monitoring Overhead - Cloud Monitoring is one integrated service for performance metrics, uptime monitoring, dashboards, and alerts. It reduces overhead and time spent navigating between these systems.

Key Features of Google Cloud Monitoring

GCP Monitoring offers teams advanced features to capture and organize data. Let’s take a look at some of these components:

  • SLO Monitoring - Using this system, you can automatically infer or custom define service-level objectives (SLOs) for applications and get alerted when SLO violations occur.
  • Ops Agent - Deploy the Ops Agent on your Google Cloud virtual machines and collect detailed business metrics and logs from your applications or system.
  • Dashboard - The Cloud Monitoring dashboard gives you complete visibility into your cloud services and resources with no configuration. You can define custom dashboards and take advantage of Google’s visualization tools.
  • Managed Metrics Collection for Google Kubernetes Engine and Virtual Machines - Google Cloud’s operations suite offers Managed Services for Prometheus for use with Kubernetes. This features self-deployed and managed collection options to simplify collection, querying, and storage. In addition, teams can use the Ops Agent for virtual machines, which combines logging and metrics collection into a single agent.
  • Google Cloud Integration - Discover all Google Cloud resources and services, with no additional instrumentation, integrated into the Cloud console.
  • Group / Cluster Support - Use Cloud Monitoring to create metrics scopes to offer single or multiple projects together. You can also create resource groups to define relationships based on names, tags, projects, regions, and more.

Work with a Google Partner 

The resources within Google Cloud Monitoring are vast, but it can be difficult to navigate if you don’t have in-house expertise. That’s why it’s important to work with a Google partner who can help you better understand these systems to maximize your value, increase productivity, and grow your business.


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Why Promevo?

As a certified Google partner, Promevo helps businesses get the most out of their technology. Let us serve as your trusted guide for Google Cloud services to achieve your vision for digital transformation, whether you want to scale faster, innovate more quickly, or increase security. When you work with Promevo for your Cloud service needs, you’ll benefit from:

  • End-to-End Solutions - We provide our clients with everything they need for their Google Cloud journey. Expect solutions customized to your business needs for Cloud Account Management, App Modernization, Data Engineering, and Infrastructure Modernization.
  • Advisory Workshops - We leverage our Google expertise to guide our clients in their digital transformation. From strategy assessment to internal advocacy, Promevo’s advisory workshops will produce the best outcomes for your team.
  • Certifications - Our Google-certified cloud architects and engineers support you with unparalleled technical support and expertise.
  • Packaged Solutions - Promevo offers our partners a suite of packaged cloud solutions to accelerate project timelines and streamline cloud transformation.

Ready to get started and partner with Google experts? Contact Promevo today.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is monitoring in Google Cloud?

Cloud Monitoring collects metrics, events, and metadata from Google Cloud, AWS, hosted uptime probes, and application instrumentation. Cloud Monitoring increases your visibility into the health and function of your applications and infrastructure. 

What’s the difference between Google Cloud monitoring and logging?

Google Cloud Monitoring provides a view of all Google Cloud metrics at no additional cost, and it integrates with various providers so you can perform non-Google monitoring. Google Cloud Logging ingests the Cloud audit and platform log so you can get started with monitoring.

Does Google Cloud have access to my data?

Google Cloud only processes data according to your contract, and they don’t process your customer data to create or improve Google Ads products. Google is committed to privacy best practices and compliance with regulations. Learn more about Google’s privacy policy here.


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