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Monitoring User-Level Functionality and Performance Using Inca

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Executive Summary

Inca is a user-level monitoring tool that has been used successfully in cyberinfrastructure projects such as the TeraGrid and other similar projects. Its flexible architecture enables multiple types of functionality and performance data to easily be collected about the systems it is monitoring. A unique centralized monitoring configuration approach makes Inca easy to setup and maintain on multiple systems and lends to consistent monitoring results. The authors are experimenting with using Inca in Cloud environments where users are interested in monitoring the functionality and performance of their personal Clouds as they are re-instantiated on different machines and locations. They believe Inca's flexibility, easy-to-use administrative interfaces, and other features make it a natural fit for Cloud environments.

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