November 26, 2012, 6:19 PM — Ever wish you could find out if your application is running in the cloud as efficiently as those your peers are running?
A new feature added today by Boundary -- which neglected to mention it in a press release announcing other new capabilities -- could let you do just that.
It's not quite there yet but with more users the new feature may be able to offer valuable information about which cloud infrastructure service would perform the best for your application.
Boundary offers an application monitoring service for companies running apps on public and private clouds. Its schtick is that it monitors every packet and offers analyses about performance in a matter of seconds. Users can watch metrics like latency and keep on top of security by easily viewing what apps are hitting which servers.
Today Boundary announced a couple of feature updates including one that shows users data about the performance that other Boundary users are getting on various cloud services.
"We found that customers want… to know how they compare against their peers," said Chris O'Connell, Boundary's product marketing director.
Customers will be able to view combined data about the performance of other Boundary customers, organized by the cloud service they use. Users will be able to compare their own performance track record against that of other Boundary users –- including those who might be using the same cloud service and those using different services.
Customers can decide to take action by either tweaking their implementation or even switching cloud services.
The data will be helpful also to companies that are launching new applications and are deciding which cloud service to use.
"We'll have data about all cloud instances and how they performed, second by second. A customer could start thinking, 'if I implemented this new app, perhaps this cloud would be best'," O'Connell said.
The reason I'm hedging a bit – saying that this "could" be valuable data rather than that it "is" -- is that it's based on Boundary users and for now there aren't that many and the bulk are on Amazon Web Services. Boundary has 500 customers using its free service and 60 using its paid service. Around 300 of them are using Amazon Web Services, O'Connell said. Others could be using Rackspace, private clouds, Azure or other cloud services. Without a larger mass of users, the data is only marginally useful.
However, if Boundary manages to attract many more customers, the data it collects could help businesses make smarter cloud choices. "We're getting there and we'll only get better with more," O'Connell said.
Boundary also announced today that users will be able to receive alerts when their application performance hits certain thresholds.