Administrator’s Guide to AWS Monitoring Tools

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a portfolio of paid monitoring tools to cover a growing list of over one hundred cloud services. AWS offers so many tools in fact that keeping track of them is practically a full-time occupation. 

In this guide, we familiarize our readers with some of the tools in the AWS monitoring portfolio by offering technical explanations, examples, step-by-step instructions, screenshots, diagrams, and best practices. 

The AWS monitoring tools covered in this guide range from log management to distributed tracing and hosted versions of open-source tools.

Hybrid Cloud Context for AWS Monitoring Tools

Enterprise IT organizations typically operate hybrid cloud platforms beyond AWS, including Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and private clouds based on VMware, Nutanix, Linux KVM, and Microsoft Hyper-V. In our experience supporting such environments, tool consolidation, analytics, and automation become a matter of operational survival.

A typical OpsRamp customer who has adopted AWS monitoring tools such as CloudWatch Insights, CloudTrail, and X-Ray feeds the resulting events into OpsRamp’s centralized platform powered by analytics, machine learning, and automation. Data and events from other public and private cloud platforms are shared alongside AWS to provide a single pane of glass for the operations and engineering teams managing a hybrid cloud environment.

The chapters in this guide are:

Chapter 1: AWS X-Ray

Explore AWS distributed tracing included with AWS Lambda and trace application transactions written in various programming languages. 

Chapter 2: CloudWatch Insights

Understand how to use CloudWatch Insights to ingest, index, and query data from system logs and learn its limitations and best practices. 

Chapter 3: RDS Monitoring

Explore the metrics, events, audit logs available to monitor AWS Relational Data Service (RDS) along with its enhanced monitoring functionality. 

Upcoming chapters:

Chapter 4: CloudWatch vs. CloudTrail

Chapter 5: AWS Trusted Advisor Checks

Chapter 6: AWS Hosted Grafana 

We will add more topics!

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