How to Monitor Google Cloud VM Memory Usage

Have you ever experienced unexpected application slowdowns or crashes in your cloud-based systems? As a fellow IT administrator, I‘ve been in your shoes far too often, desperately trying to figure out why virtual machines (VMs) running smoothly suddenly grind to a halt.

Many times, the culprit ends up being insufficient memory capacity or some quirky memory behavior, but the default cloud dashboards lack the metrics needed to fully diagnose memory issues.

In this comprehensive 2800+ word guide, you‘ll finally uncover how to enable detailed memory monitoring for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) VMs. With full visibility into your VM memory, you can efficiently optimize utilization, costs and ensure the reliable delivery of applications.

Why Should You Care About Memory Visibility?

According to a 2022 survey from Network Insights, a staggering 62% of cloud-based companies admit to significant blindspots in their infrastructure monitoring capabilities. And ~72% state that lack of observability directly translates to lost revenue from preventable IT incidents.

Now that I have your attention, let‘s get to the root cause of most cloud monitoring gaps – incomplete memory metrics.

Memory is a remarkably complex resource with many interplaying states that impact application performance and infrastructure costs in non-intuitive ways.

Here are three examples…

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So in order to tackle these pesky memory issues, we need sufficient metrics to understand:

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Unfortunately, the default GCP dashboards fail to provide adequate active memory visibility as you can see:

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This severe lack of insight cripples our ability to size memory appropriately, or optimize its usage. Hence, impacted organizations see 39% higher infrastructure costs on average as per CloudCheckr‘s 2022 analysis.

Let me show you two straightforward methods to unlock advanced memory monitoring for your GCP VMs.

Method 1 – Deploy Ops Agent….

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