Google Cloud Monitoring

  • Cloud Monitoring collects metrics, events, and metadata, hosted uptime probes, and application instrumentation to gain visibility into the performance, availability, and health of your applications and infrastructure.


  • Collect metrics from multicloud and hybrid infrastructure in real time.
  • Metrics, events, and metadata are displayed with rich query language that helps identify issues and uncover significant patterns.
  • Reduces time spent navigating between systems with one integrated service for metrics, uptime monitoring, dashboards, and alerts.


  • Cloud Monitoring utilizes workspaces to organize and manage its information.
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  • A Workspace can manage the monitoring data for a single Google Cloud project, or it can manage the data for multiple Google Cloud projects and AWS accounts.
  • But, a Google Cloud project or an AWS account can only be associated with one Workspace at a time.
  • You must have at least one of the following IAM role name for the Google Cloud project to create a Workspace:
    • Monitoring Editor
    • Monitoring Admin
    • Project Owner

Cloud Monitoring Agent

  • The Cloud Monitoring agent is a collectd-based daemon that collects application and system metrics from virtual machine (VM) instances.
  • The Monitoring agent collects disk, network, CPU, and process metrics by default.
  • You can configure the Monitoring agent to monitor third-party applications.


  • Monitoring charges only for the volume of ingested metric data and Cloud Monitoring API read calls that exceed the free monthly allotment.
  • Non-chargeable metrics and Cloud Monitoring API write calls don’t count towards the allotment limit.


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