AWS cloud practitioner notes - Monitoring and Analytics

Published Jan 9, 2021

AWS offers a variety of tools for analytics and monitoring, such as Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudTrail and AWS Trusted Advisor.

Monitoring: Observing systems. collecting metrics, and then using data to make decisions.

Module 7 - Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatch allows you to monitor you aws infrastructure and the applications you run in AWS in real time.

  • Metrics are available tied to your resources (cpu utilization of a ec2 instance)

With cloudWatch you can:

  • Access all your metrics from a central location
  • Gain visibility across applications and services
  • Reduce MTTR and improve TCO
  • Drive insights to optimize applications

CloudWatch Alarms

You can use CloudWatch Alarms to set alerts based on a given metric that perform actions based on its value [1].

CloudWatch dashboard

CloudWatch dashboard provides a single location to access all the metrics for the resources.

Module 7 - Amazon CloudTrail

AWS CloudTrail records API calls for your account. Every request gets recorded in the Cloudtrail engine.

Module 7 - AWS Trusted Advisor

AWS Trusted Advisor is a web service that inspects the AWS environment and gives real-time best practices recommendations, based on five pillars:

  • Cost optimizations
  • Performance
  • Security
  • Fault tolerance
  • Service limits

References

  1. [1]Amazon, “Using Amazon CloudWatch alarms,” 2021 [Online]. Available at: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonCloudWatch/latest/monitoring/AlarmThatSendsEmail.html. [Accessed: 10-Sep-2021]