Are your skies a little too cloudy? Cloudkick is here to help. The application visually unifies the deployment of seven different providers, including EC2 and Rackspace.
Say No to Multiple Dashboards
Cloudkick's basic M.O. is to consolidate. With their all-in-one API, users get a view into the performance of several providers at once, and can hop from one to the next. Features include nifty management tools for monitoring cloud resources, like intuitive charts:
Cloudkick performance data
And critical metric summaries (load, CPU, bandwidth, memory, and disk space):
Cloudkick monitoring overview
The benefits to this kind of thing are obvious. Cloud computing is – and continues to be – pretty big news. (Note: A recent Cloud Development Survey reported that 61% of the developers in Evans Data Corp believe that a portion of their IT resources will move to the public cloud within the next year.) Naturally, a middleman to control the lot could be a really constructive solution.
Additionally, the company claims that their tool is a great way to analyze the performance of the service providers themselves. For example, earlier this month Cloudkick provided visual evidence of an Amazon network issue (which has since been resolved).
Movin’ On Up
It used to be that Cloudkick primarily managed Amazon Web Services accounts. Now, the software offers a dashboard that enables customers to migrate to any supportcloud provider (EC2, Rackspace, Slicehost, Linode, GoGrid, VPS.NET, and Rimuhosting). And perhaps more importantly, it provides a type of freedom by relieving users from having to stick with a particular vendor’s approach.
Said co-founder Bob Hrdinsky in an interview with CNET:
We feel that we're leading the democratization of the cloud - users have a lower barrier to entry in participating in the cloud, and don't have to fear the burden of relearning tool sets if they switch providers. We are offering people who use multiple providers (or simply manage multiple accounts from the same provider) a super-accessible way to do so.
During a time when cloud computing is as explosive as it is now, a tool like this is, at the very least, interesting. But could there really be a long-term market? Thankfully, it won't cost you a penny to find out. Cloudkick offers a 30-day free trial on all of their plans, and beyond that they accept payments on a month-to-month basis. Check it out.