Google rolls out a new monitoring API for devs using its cloud

Above: The Google Cloud Platform had a presence at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco in June 2014.

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Can’t get enough metrics on your public-cloud usage? Google Cloud Monitoring has you covered. It was just announced today that the Google Cloud Monitoring Read API is available to the general public. The service lets people access data about whatever Google cloud services you’re currently running.

For instance, you can access metrics on CPU usage or disk I/O. You can also use it with the Graphite open-source monitoring tool to combine this new data into other graphs you’ve created. Third-party integration is also available, permitting other monitoring services to utilize Google Cloud Platform metrics for whatever purposes they wish.

What’s particularly cool is you can call up data from right this second, or from 30 days ago. You can also set up labels to filter data to only show the metrics you want to see. The API currently supports Google Compute Engine, Google Cloud SQL, and Google Cloud Pub/Sub.

Google revealed several new tools for developers using Cloud Monitoring at the Google I/O conference last month including Cloud Save, CloudDebugger, and Cloud Trace. The last of the bunch here, Cloud Trace, is a metric tool that lets developers see if the changes they’ve made have affected application speed via charts.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Cloud Monitoring tool, take a gander at the list of all the metrics the API supports. Google promises to add support for additional Google Cloud Platform services in the future.

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