Google Cloud Monitoring debuts; Google’s Stackdriver keeps supporting Amazon’s cloud

A custom dashboard -- load testing a Cassandra database on Google Compute Engine in Google Cloud Monitoring.

Google Cloud Monitoring, a tool developers can use to track the performance of application components, is now available for Google Cloud Platform customers to try out, free of charge, Google said today.

“Cloud Monitoring streamlines operations by unifying infrastructure monitoring, system/OS monitoring, service/uptime monitoring, charting and alerting into a simple and powerful hosted service,” product manager Dan Belcher wrote in a blog post on the news today.

The service integrates the technology from Google’s acquisition of Stackdriver last year.

One peculiarity about the deal: Stackdriver could monitor applications on the Amazon Web Services public cloud, a direct competitor to Google. But indeed it’s sensible for software providers to work with multi-cloud deployments, especially when that includes usage of the Amazon cloud, which is the biggest cloud around today.

Google first showed off Google Cloud Monitoring last year at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco.

Last week, another tool for working with applications on Google’s cloud, Google Cloud Trace, came out in beta.

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