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Infrastructure Monitoring with Amazon CloudWatch

By : Ewere Diagboya
Book Image

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


Databases are the source of truth for every application. The availability of your database to be able to receive both write and read requests determines the life of your application. Losing data in any aspect of your database for reasons such as unavailability is unacceptable at all levels. Monitoring your database helps you understand the behavior of your database from time to time. We have spent time in this chapter looking at the different database technologies that exist; that is, the relational database management system and the NoSQL database system. We have also spent time looking at how these categories have related AWS services, such as RDS and DynamoDB, ElastiCache, and Redshift.

We also went further and looked at how monitoring works for each of these components. We looked at the DB load, which is the main metric in RDS, and we established that it is an aggregate of different metrics but gives you a bird's-eye view of the database's performance. We...