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Infrastructure Monitoring with Amazon CloudWatch

By : Ewere Diagboya
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Infrastructure Monitoring with Amazon CloudWatch

By: Ewere Diagboya

Overview of this book

CloudWatch is Amazon’s monitoring and observability service, designed to help those in the IT industry who are interested in optimizing resource utilization, visualizing operational health, and eventually increasing infrastructure performance. This book helps IT administrators, DevOps engineers, network engineers, and solutions architects to make optimum use of this cloud service for effective infrastructure productivity. You’ll start with a brief introduction to monitoring and Amazon CloudWatch and its core functionalities. Next, you’ll get to grips with CloudWatch features and their usability. Once the book has helped you develop your foundational knowledge of CloudWatch, you’ll be able to build your practical skills in monitoring and alerting various Amazon Web Services, such as EC2, EBS, RDS, ECS, EKS, DynamoDB, AWS Lambda, and ELB, with the help of real-world use cases. As you progress, you'll also learn how to use CloudWatch to detect anomalous behavior, set alarms, visualize logs and metrics, define automated actions, and rapidly troubleshoot issues. Finally, the book will take you through monitoring AWS billing and costs. By the end of this book, you'll be capable of making decisions that enhance your infrastructure performance and maintain it at its peak.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Section 1: Introduction to Monitoring and Amazon CloudWatch
Section 2: AWS Services and Amazon CloudWatch

Configuring CloudWatch Container Insights

CloudWatch has an intelligent way of collecting container metrics using a feature called Container Insights. To be able to use Container Insights, it needs to be enabled from CloudWatch. But first, let's understand why we need to activate Container Insights.

Why activate Container Insights?

There are a lot of metrics that can be collected in any application or infrastructure setup. But you do not want to flood your CloudWatch with both necessary and unnecessary metrics. So, using Container Insights will narrow down the metrics collected from ECS to more specific and useful metrics for your ECS deployments. It also serves as a turn-key solution for metrics aggregation. Instead of looking for which monitoring tool will be used to collect logs from the running container and sifting through the logs to find the most important metrics needed for your container running in ECS, activating Container Insights on ECS will help in collecting...