Microsoft just announced that it has acquired MetricsHub, a service that automates cloud performance management and helps its customers manage their cloud services more efficiently. MetricsHub participated in the Microsoft Azure Accelerator, a competitive three-month accelerator program the company hosts in collaboration with TechStars.
The program provides these companies with $20,000 from TechStars, $60,000 worth of cloud computing services on Azure, office space in Seattle and, it seems, a chance to be acquired by Microsoft.
Windows Azure users, Microsoft also today announced, can now use a “pre-release, no charge, version of MetricsHub’s Active Cloud Monitoring,” which is available through the Windows Azure store. All of its paying customers, MetricsHub noted today, will be converted to the free plan.
MetricsHub provides users with the ability to scale their service up or down as needed and offers health and performance monitoring with alerts and notifications when things go wrong. It’s not quite as fully featured as New Relic or similar tools, but it’s definitely a great and free service for companies that run on Microsoft’s Azure platform.
“Cloud solutions are compelling for a variety of reasons – scale, flexibility and value – particularly for companies looking to do more with less, Bob Kelly, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for strategy and business development writes in today’s announcement. “However, it’s difficult to understand, monitor and correlate all the application data points that tell you how and when you need to scale your application. “
MetricsHub offers cloud monitoring that keeps web applications up and running for the lowest possible cost. MetricsHub tracks key metrics and takes automatic actions in order to save money on cloud hosting bills, time spent on server administration and improve business continuity. MetricsHub is essential to the operational success of the growing number of companies with IT and product groups using cloud services (e.g. Microsoft Azure).