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Top 50 Cloud Monitoring, Management Tools: Which Are Best?

When it comes to finding the ‘best’ cloud monitoring and management tools, there’s no shortage of options. No doubt, customers and service providers want to optimize, manage and monitor workloads and containers across Amazon Web Services, IBM SoftLayerMicrosoft Azure and Office 365, and other public clouds.

NOTE: The list below is from 2016. NEW: Check out our 2017 list here.

To help VARs, managed services providers (MSPs) and IT consultants understand the playing field, ChannelE2E has compiled this list of cloud monitoring and management software. The list of tools is presented in alphabetical order.

1. Amazon CloudWatch: This is a monitoring service for AWS cloud resources and the applications you run on AWS. You can use Amazon CloudWatch to collect and track metrics, collect and monitor log files, set alarms, and automatically react to changes in your AWS resources, the company says.

2. AppDynamics: Focused on application performance management (APM), AppDynamics has been one of Silicon Valley’s strongest growth stories in recent years. Mostly used by DevOps and custom application developers to pinpoint issues in new or custom applications. AppDynamics offered ChannelE2E an update on its partner engagements in December 2015.

3. AppNeta: The SaaS-based tool offers APM capabilities across four integrated modules — TraceView (code-level app performance monitoring); AppView (synthetic transaction monitoring); FlowView (application-aware traffic analysis); and PathView (network health and performance).

4. Aternity: Their primary focus is end-user experience management — a hot topic for today’s service providers. The company’s tools monitor mobile, virtual and physical devices. Much of the focus is on helping IT service desks.

5. Avnet Cloud MarketplaceThe distributor’s online marketplace allows partners to select and activate a range of cloud services.

6. Bitnami Cloud Tools:  As of January 2016, the tools help you manage and monitor AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

7. BMC Cloud Operations ManagementThis platform is designed to offer proactive performance monitoring and capacity management.

8. CAdvisor: Analyzes resource usage and performance characteristics of running containers.

9. CA Unified Infrastructure Management: Also called CA UIM, the IT monitoring solution can oversee traditional and cloud environments. The technology is built upon CA’s 2010 buyout of Nimsoft, though plenty of enhancements have arrived since that time.

10. Cisco Cloud Consumption as a Service: Originally designed for enterprise customers, this tool is available for channel partners effective January 2016. The dashboard apparently can discover all of the major cloud and SaaS platforms your customers use, and then help customers to optimize or consolidate that portfolio.

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    Rick Larson:

    Why no listing for ScienceLogic?

    Joe Panettieri:

    Ouch. You got us. Great point. We’ll add them to lineup.


    Steve Kazan:

    We are launching a new reseller channel program, called ChannelLogic. We have had great results with MSP’s and now will be able to extend to resellers too.

      Joe Panettieri:

      Steve: I’d love to hear more —



    Check out Unigma, a unified cloud monitoring tool for IT Service providers. Works with AWS, Azure and Google Cloud.

      Joe Panettieri:

      Hi Kirill: Thanks for stopping by. I think it’s a safe bet we could be hearing more from Unigma soon…

      Readers: Kirill Bensonoff is founder of Unigma. Stay tuned for more info on the company soon.


    Shannon L:

    Thank you for including Dynatrace on your list! Dynatrace just recently partnered with Cloud Foundry to become the next generation solution for cloud native monitoring. A seamless integration allows Cloud Foundry to manage your application in a dynamic way, while Dynatrace Ruxit gives you the insights needed to track application health, functionality and performance across the entire platform. To discover all the benefits Dynatrace Ruxit has to offer, visit

    Chris Grossmeier:

    No CloudPhysics?

      Joe Panettieri:

      Hey Chris: We’ll give CloudPhysics a look. Do you work with the company?

    Mark Sawyer:

    Thank you for the list. I just wanted to add the system we use CloudView NMS . We tried quite a few before we found them. It has surprisingly wide set of features… among others, they can monitor cloud-based services, VPS (AWS, VMware servers ). We actually use it to monitor everything: our local and remote sites and our AWS servers, applications, webservers… Unlimited number of monitored nodes/services and they do not charge as you network grows. Using their secure agents provides even more functionality

      Joe Panettieri:

      Hey Mark,

      Thanks for the note. We’ll be sure to keep CloudView NMS on our radar. At some point we may need to post a “part II” to this blog. Lots of new tools emerging, and quite a few are getting swallowed up in M&A deals as well.


    Site24x7 monitoring and Syntraffic are two services that you might want to review as we had recently evaluated them both for our needs

      Joe Panettieri:

      Hey Richard: We’ll give them a look. Can you disclose whether you’re associated with Site24x7 or Syntraffic? Also, why did you give them a look? Did you adopt them?



        We are currently paying for Site24x7.


    If you run your cloud in AWS and struggle with visualizing your architecture, you should give Cloudcraft a go!

      Joe Panettieri:

      Hey Mick: Can you disclose if/how you are associated with Cloudcraft?

    Steve Young:

    Hi, the tool Computer Gomez is no longer valid the official site link provided responds in 403 Access denied.
    You can replace it with AppPerfect Web Test, it’s a 100% server-based monitoring tool which uses existing services available on the device to remotely monitor the device without any need to install a bulky agent.
    Our official website is, and the product link url

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hey Steve: Thanks for the note. It’s been a year since we published this list. Time for us to do an updated reality check, I believe. Stay tuned for an updated list soon.

    Peter Nguyen:

    Hi Joe,
    Please also include Wavefront on your next list.

    Wavefront is a turnkey, cloud-based (Saas) monitoring + real-time analytics solution for enterprise. SaaS and Internet companies such as Intuit, Box, WorkDay, Groupon, and more rely on Wavefront to collect, visualize, and intelligently alert on all their time-series (metric) data from everywhere.

    Wavefront enables you to monitor all the metrics at scale across your entire stack: application performance metrics, application state metrics, cloud / container performance metrics, composite metrics, custom metrics, metrics derived from logs. This gives DevOps organizations a unified, system-wide view so you get the full visibility.

    Combined with its query-driven analytics, you can get the instant actionable insights to quickly diagnose fix problems.

      Joe Panettieri:

      Hey Peter: Thanks for the link and background; we’ll give it a look.

    Steve Young:

    Great list so far, I’d like to suggest you another awesome tool, I have been using from years with great ease and efficiency.
    A fully automated server monitoring tool AppPerfect AgentLess Monitor. It’s a 100% server-based monitoring tool which uses existing services available on the device to remotely monitor the device without any need to install a bulky agent. AppPerfect Agentless Monitor is a sophisticated rules engine capable of sensing rule violations within seconds and alerting you immediately.

      Joe Panettieri:

      Steve: I’ll jump over to AppPerfect to learn more. Thanks.

    Siva Koti:

    Very good collection !!!

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