Chapter 1. Overview

Rackspace Cloud Monitoring analyzes cloud services and dedicated infrastructure using a simple, yet powerful API. The API currently includes monitoring for external services. The key benefits you receive from using this API include the following:

Use of Domain Specific Language (DSL)

The Rackspace Cloud Monitoring API uses a DSL, which makes it a powerful tool for configuring advanced monitoring features. For example, typically complex tasks, such as defining triggers on thresholds for metrics or performing an inverse string match become much easier with a concise, special purpose language created for defining alarms. For alarm concept information, see Alarm and alert.

Monitoring from Multiple Datacenters

Rackspace Cloud Monitoring allows you to simultaneously monitor the performance of different resources from multiple datacenters and provides a clear picture of overall system health. It includes tunable parameters to interpret mixed results which help you to create deliberate and accurate alerting policies. For more information, see Alert Policies.

Alarms and Notifications

When an alarm occurs on a monitored resource, Rackspace Cloud Monitoring sends you a notification so that you can take the appropriate action to either prevent an adverse situation from occurring or rectify a situation that has already occurred. These notifications are sent based on the severity of the alert as defined in the notification plan. For more information, see Notifications.

Collection of Data

Rackspace Cloud Monitoring allows you to collect a variety of data that you can use for other tasks, such as researching trends or measuring critical data. For more information, see Metrics.

For more information about the basic foundations of this API, see Monitoring key terms and concepts.

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