Monitoring as a Service (MaaS)
Cloud-based data center monitoring

Track key metrics and respond proactively to peak loads or any other scenarios to keep your applications and services running smoothly.

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Monitor health metrics via the Data Center Designer

Keep your applications and services running at their peak by making decisions early on the back of sound data. With MaaS, you get a sophisticated yet simple tool for tracking relevant metrics such as CPU load, network throughput, or storage performance in real time. You can use it from the Data Center Designer (DCD) or via API-connected tools like Prometheus.

MaaS is available to you at any time, at no cost, and doesn't require an additional software client. There is no need for complex implementation or configuration — simply set up customizable event notifications to keep an eye on what's most important.

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Plan better without any added costs

We built MaaS so that you have quick and intuitive access to settings via the Data Center Designer. Benefit from a ready-to-use monitoring and control system that you can adapt to your needs in just a couple of clicks. Fully customizable alarm settings provide alerts when triggered, notifying you to take action. And via a PromQL-compatible interface, you can export the past 14 days of data and events from your virtual data center, integrating persistently in your Prometheus system.

You don't need to worry about any details relating to installation, configuration or implementation, because MaaS is fully integrated into the IONOS Cloud. This reduces your day-to-day workload, helps you to better guarantee your required service levels, and frees up your resources.

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Comprehensive infrastructure monitoring

Fully integrated in the DCD

Tailor your monitoring to your operational needs via the Data Center Designer (DCD). Using it you can monitor your virtual machines (VM) as well as Cloud Cubes by adjusting a few settings. It's all fully customizable and available 24/7.

Customizable alarm settings

Define your own monitoring events and when you get notifications. This way, you can act before load peaks happen, ensuring the availability of your services.

Works with any operating system

MaaS serves you with key health metrics regardless of your infrastructure setup, or which OS or distribution your instances boot from; no matter if you boot from the network, from IONOS Cloud images, from block storage, or your own private images or snapshots.

Connects to outside tools

Integrate your MaaS data into external tools, easily linkable via API with Prometheus and others. This gives you a holistic view of the performance of your systems and keeps you one step ahead of any possible scenario at all times.

14-day review

Use historical data logs and defined events for a period of up to 14 days in the past to maximize system transparency. You can directly process this data via an interface, use it to optimize your monitoring strategy, and store persistently after the 14-day period.

Fully operable without a client

IONOS Cloud gathers monitoring metrics without installing additional clients on your instances — saving your team added work. Best of all, MaaS is available with newly provisioned virtual servers or cubes, or existing instances.

Coming soon: horizontal VM auto scaling

When combined with MaaS, horizontal VM auto scaling allows you to automatically adapt your cloud infrastructure to your future workloads. If monitoring reveals an increased load over a defined period of time, additional instances can be automatically deployed. This means that workloads can be distributed and processed across even more virtual instances. Your users will always experience a high-performance and responsive application. As soon as the workloads fall below a pre-defined threshold, VM instances can be deleted, optimizing your costs.

MaaS use cases

Use case
Service availability monitoring

MaaS helps you keep an eye on your cloud infrastructure. If important cloud components, your own applications or VMs have availability issues or there's an outage, the system alerts you promptly and via email, enabling you to restore availability as quickly as possible.

Use case
Anomaly and load detection

Deviations and anomalies in a load baseline can be easily detected with MaaS. Create alarms if, for example, your network traffic shows abnormal load activity. You can also identify issues like VM hijacking in advance — allowing you to take the right defensive measures.

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Use case
Bottleneck detection

Define your own load peak limits to detect performance issues. Use MaaS to set individual notifications, e.g. on CPU load. In this way, you can add additional resources before an overload occurs.

Get started now

Try out IONOS Cloud Monitoring as a Service with no restrictions. New customers start with $500 in credit for the first 30 days. There's no obligation to buy or any hidden fees.

Quick registration

Create your admin access in a few simple steps. It's protected via 2-factor authentication.

Easy setup

Configure your server, data storage, and network connections. Using drag and drop in the Data Center Designer or the API makes it quick and easy.

Ready in minutes

You can start productive operation just minutes after configuring your virtual data center.


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