The rise of cloud-based services has caused many companies to evaluate whether it makes sense to have their applications and data hosted by an outside service provider. IBM has put a new spin on the trend by offering companies a cloud-based service to monitor the health of their data centers.

The company this week introduced an offering called Tivoli Live Monitoring Services, delivered on the IBM cloud. It essentially allows companies to outsource the performance management of IT resources, including virtualized servers, middleware and software applications. IBM says the offering is aimed at organizations that are looking for sophisticated monitoring capabilities, but without the need to deploy hardware, purchase separate software licenses, or engage in extensive software configuration.

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