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Google wraps up Stackdriver integration work and releases monitoring tools for its cloud

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SAN FRANCISCO — It didn’t take long.

Less than two months after Google bought its way into the public-cloud monitoring business with its Stackdriver acquisition, the tech giant revealed a helpful new product today based partly on the startup’s technology.

The news was one of many announcements this morning at Google’s I/O conference.

The new Google Cloud Monitoring service combines Stackdriver’s stuff with technology “we already had at Google,” Brian Goldfarb, Google Cloud Platform’s head of marketing, told VentureBeat yesterday in an interview.

The technology lets Google benefit from its own public cloud as well as others that Stackdriver supported, like Amazon Web Services. In a sense, then, Google is following the playbook that seemed to be coming as the Amazon cloud continues to rule the market — finding a way to get revenue even if Google is not the top public cloud out there.

Like Stackdriver, Google Cloud Monitoring “goes beyond just alerts notifications and dashboards,” Goldfarb said. “If I hit a certain threshold, it will send me an alert.”

The new tool can also recognize open-source software running in an application and “provide smart customized solutions” for monitoring. That could be Redis, for example, Goldfarb said. Or it could be Nginx, MySQL, or Elasticsearch.

“For example, you can use Cloud Monitoring to identify and troubleshoot cases where users are experiencing increased error rates connecting from an App Engine module or slow query times from a Cassandra database with minimal configuration,” Greg DeMichillie, director of product management on the Google Cloud Platform, wrote in a company blog post set to be posted today.

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