ThousandEyes Expands Multi-Cloud Power With Alibaba Cloud

ThousandEyes expands multi-cloud power with Alibaba Cloud

14 August 2019 | Jason McGee-Abe

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ThousandEyes has today announced a significant expansion of its global multi-cloud monitoring coverage and has attained additional support for Alibaba Cloud.

This increased coverage builds on ThousandEyes’ fleet of cloud agents providing global monitoring vantage points from major cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure, on top of global data centres and major ISPs.

ThousandEyes says it gives enterprises “unmatched visibility and the ability to measure application and network-layer performance metrics for any website, application or service”.

The news comes just over a year since ThousandEyes launched a network intelligence coverage solution for multi-cloud environments.

“Global organisations today run on the Internet, connecting applications and services to end-users everywhere, and making deep internet visibility non-negotiable, which is especially relevant for companies operating in Asia-Pacific where heavy sovereign controls impact internet performance and digital experience,” said Joe Vaccaro, vice president of product at ThousandEyes (pictured).

“ThousandEyes already provides unparalleled visibility into how AWS, GCP and Azure impacts digital experience delivery, and by adding the ability to monitor Alibaba Cloud performance to the mix, global enterprises operating in Asia-Pacific and beyond are empowered with the visibility and control they need to improve customer experiences and business performance.”

The Asia-Pacific region showed some of the highest performance variability across all of the major infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers, according to the 2018 ThousandEyes public cloud performance benchmark report, demonstrating the need for in-region vantage points within and across all major public cloud providers.

The worldwide IaaS public cloud services market grew 31.8% in the past year, according to Gartner research. Gartner’s data indicates that Alibaba Cloud is the dominant IaaS provider in China, and it experienced the strongest growth among the leading vendors, growing 92.6% in 2018.

ThousandEyes added 19 Alibaba Cloud regions worldwide, plus 13 new Cloud Agent locations across Asia-Pacific, including four new locations in India, This has brought ThousandEyes’ Asia-Pacific vantage points to a total of 53 cities and global vantage points to a total of 184 cities.

This latest expansion adds to ThousandEyes’ existing cloud agent locations in IaaS providers, which presently includes 15 AWS regions, 15 GCP regions and 25 Azure regions. Now, IT teams can leverage pre-provisioned and easy-to-deploy vantage points in IaaS to measure inter-region, hybrid and inter-cloud performance, map network paths and monitor connectivity between a combination of on-premises and cloud data centres.

Companies are also enabled to adopt a data-driven approach when planning multi-cloud deployments, as well as provide immediate visibility into application delivery, network behaviour and inter-service dependencies, and their impact on digital experience.