Over the previous a number of months we’ve been centered on bettering observability and operations workflows for Compute Engine. Immediately, we’re excited to share the primary wave of those enhancements at the moment are obtainable. These embody:

  1. Considerably improved working system help for the Cloud Monitoring and Cloud Logging brokers.

  2. The power to quickly deploy, replace, and take away brokers to teams of VMs, or your entire VMs, by coverage, with as little as a single gcloud command.

  3. New VM-specific options throughout the Cloud Monitoring console, which we’ll talk about in an upcoming weblog publish.

Understanding brokers

Brokers stay a key strategy to get fine-grained visibility right into a digital machine’s host working system, and functions operating on Compute Engine are not any totally different. 

Out of the field, each Compute Engine occasion (or managed occasion group) supplies some stage of telemetry, together with metrics for CPU utilization, uptime, disk throughput and operations, and networking operations. To seize extra superior working system metrics like reminiscence consumption and disk utilization, metrics from generally used functions (databases, internet proxies, and many others.), and logs out of your functions, you want to set up the Cloud Monitoring and Cloud Logging brokers onto every VM.

Automated agent set up and administration

As a result of brokers are so important in VM environments, we’ve automated the process of installing, updating, and removing the Cloud Monitoring Logging agents onto teams of Compute Engine VMs, or your complete fleet, through a brand new set of gcloud instructions. With as little as one command, you possibly can create a coverage that governs present and new VMs, making certain correct set up and elective auto-upgrade of each brokers. It is a nice strategy to begin utilizing Cloud Monitoring or Cloud Logging immediately, and to scale metrics and logs assortment from a single VM to all VMs in a venture.

These insurance policies could be utilized to Linux digital machines now as part of the general public alpha and can apply to Home windows VMs quickly.

Improved working system help

Over the previous yr, we’ve added Cloud Monitoring and Logging agent help to a bunch of recent working methods.


The Monitoring and Logging agents are now compatible with 30 of Compute Engine’s available Linux images, together with:

With these additions, the Cloud Monitoring Linux brokers can be utilized on each Compute Engine host working system aside from the Container Optimized OS, which has monitoring and logging capabilities built in to the OS itself.

Home windows

Cloud Monitoring has been capable of seize system and SQL Server metrics for Home windows digital machines since earlier than 2015, because of its Windows agent. We’re at the moment bettering the compatibility, high quality, and performance of our Home windows help with a brand new agent that gives the next enhancements:

  • Capturing the identical superior OS metrics because the Cloud Monitoring Linux agent, fairly than a smaller incompatible set

  • Compatibility with extra Home windows variations

  • Capturing software metrics from IIS, SQL Server, and Home windows efficiency counters

The brand new agent is in preview. Please contact your account supervisor if you need to take part in early checks.

Wrapping up

We hope you get pleasure from these enhancements to Cloud Monitoring and Cloud Logging, and we stay up for bringing much more capabilities to the platform. To take a look at these new options, go to our documentation for these new features or to the Cloud Monitoring and Logging within the Google Cloud Console.

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