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Amazon CloudWatch

Monitor AWS resources and custom metrics generated by your applications and services
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What is Amazon CloudWatch?

It helps you gain system-wide visibility into resource utilization, application performance, and operational health. It retrieve your monitoring data, view graphs to help take automated action based on the state of your cloud environment.
Amazon CloudWatch is a tool in the Cloud Monitoring category of a tech stack.

Who uses Amazon CloudWatch?

Companies
992 companies reportedly use Amazon CloudWatch in their tech stacks, including Airbnb, 9GAG, and Asana.

Developers
1867 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Amazon CloudWatch.

Amazon CloudWatch Integrations

PagerDuty, Geckoboard, Datadog, VictorOps, and VisualOps are some of the popular tools that integrate with Amazon CloudWatch. Here's a list of all 38 tools that integrate with Amazon CloudWatch.

Why developers like Amazon CloudWatch?

Here鈥檚 a list of reasons why companies and developers use Amazon CloudWatch
Amazon CloudWatch Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Amazon CloudWatch in their tech stack.

Khauth Gy枚rgy
Khauth Gy枚rgy
CTO at SalesAutopilot Kft. | 12 upvotes 111.9K views
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Amazon CloudWatch
Amazon CloudWatch
Amazon SNS
Amazon SNS
Amazon CloudFront
Amazon CloudFront
Amazon Route 53
Amazon Route 53
MySQL
MySQL
MongoDB
MongoDB
Redis
Redis
jQuery UI
jQuery UI
Vue.js
Vue.js
Vuetify
Vuetify
vuex
vuex
Docker
Docker
Jenkins
Jenkins
AWS CodePipeline
AWS CodePipeline
GitHub
GitHub

I'm the CTO of a marketing automation SaaS. Because of the continuously increasing load we moved to the AWSCloud. We are using more and more features of AWS: Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon SNS, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Route 53 and so on.

Our main Database is MySQL but for the hundreds of GB document data we use MongoDB more and more. We started to use Redis for cache and other time sensitive operations.

On the front-end we use jQuery UI + Smarty but now we refactor our app to use Vue.js with Vuetify. Because our app is relatively complex we need to use vuex as well.

On the development side we use GitHub as our main repo, Docker for local and server environment and Jenkins and AWS CodePipeline for Continuous Integration.

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Cyril Duchon-Doris
Cyril Duchon-Doris
CTO at My Job Glasses | 9 upvotes 23.7K views
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AWS Lambda
AWS Lambda
Amazon SES
Amazon SES
Amazon S3
Amazon S3
Amazon SNS
Amazon SNS
Redis
Redis
Sidekiq
Sidekiq
Rails
Rails
Amazon CloudWatch
Amazon CloudWatch
Slack
Slack

We decided to use AWS Lambda for several serverless tasks such as

  • Managing AWS backups
  • Processing emails received on Amazon SES and stored to Amazon S3 and notified via Amazon SNS, so as to push a message on our Redis so our Sidekiq Rails workers can process inbound emails
  • Pushing some relevant Amazon CloudWatch metrics and alarms to Slack
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Trey Tacon
Trey Tacon
Sentry
Sentry
StatsD
StatsD
Graphite
Graphite
Grafana
Grafana
PagerDuty
PagerDuty
Amazon CloudWatch
Amazon CloudWatch

A huge part of our continuous deployment practices is to have granular alerting and monitoring across the platform. To do this, we run Sentry on-premise, inside our VPCs, for our event alerting, and we run an awesome observability and monitoring system consisting of StatsD, Graphite and Grafana. We have dashboards using this system to monitor our core subsystems so that we can know the health of any given subsystem at any moment. This system ties into our PagerDuty rotation, as well as alerts from some of our Amazon CloudWatch alarms (we鈥檙e looking to migrate all of these to our internal monitoring system soon).

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Tim Nolet
Tim Nolet
Founder, Engineer & Dishwasher at Checkly | 5 upvotes 26.9K views
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AWS Lambda
AWS Lambda
Serverless
Serverless
Amazon CloudWatch
Amazon CloudWatch
Azure Functions
Azure Functions
Google Cloud Functions
Google Cloud Functions
Node.js
Node.js

AWS Lambda Serverless Amazon CloudWatch Azure Functions Google Cloud Functions Node.js

In the last year or so, I moved all Checkly monitoring workloads to AWS Lambda. Here are some stats:

  • We run three core functions in all AWS regions. They handle API checks, browser checks and setup / teardown scripts. Check our docs to find out what that means.
  • All functions are hooked up to SNS topics but can also be triggered directly through AWS SDK calls.
  • The busiest function is a plumbing function that forwards data to our database. It is invoked anywhere between 7000 and 10.000 times per hour with an average duration of about 179 ms.
  • We run separate dev and test versions of each function in each region.

Moving all this to AWS Lambda took some work and considerations. The blog post linked below goes into the following topics:

  • Why Lambda is an almost perfect match for SaaS. Especially when you're small.
  • Why I don't use a "big" framework around it.
  • Why distributed background jobs triggered by queues are Lambda's raison d'锚tre.
  • Why monitoring & logging is still an issue.

https://blog.checklyhq.com/how-i-made-aws-lambda-work-for-my-saas/

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Bram Verdonck
Bram Verdonck
Founder at CloudvCard | 5 upvotes 17.5K views
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Grafana
Grafana
Amazon CloudWatch
Amazon CloudWatch
CloudFlare
CloudFlare

After looking for a way to monitor or at least get a better overview of our infrastructure, we found out that Grafana (which I previously only used in ELK stacks) has a plugin available to fully integrate with Amazon CloudWatch . Which makes it way better for our use-case than the offer of the different competitors (most of them are even paid). There is also a CloudFlare plugin available, the platform we use to serve our DNS requests. Although we are a big fan of https://smashing.github.io/ (previously dashing), for now we are starting with Grafana .

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Amazon VPC
Amazon VPC
AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Amazon EC2
Amazon EC2
Amazon CloudWatch
Amazon CloudWatch

AWS Elastic Beanstalk is Amazon's excellent PaaS offering that saves me from a bunch of time and effort building and maintaining my own platform.

Rather than me having to DIY configuration for Amazon EC2 , Amazon CloudWatch , Amazon VPC , AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) and more, AWS Elastic Beanstalk handles that for me, so I can focus on my app/service.

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Amazon CloudWatch's Features

  • Basic Monitoring for Amazon EC2 instances: ten pre-selected metrics at five-minute frequency, free of charge.
  • Detailed Monitoring for Amazon EC2 instances: seven pre-selected metrics at one-minute frequency, for an additional charge.
  • Amazon EBS volumes: eight pre-selected metrics at five-minute frequency, free of charge.
  • Elastic Load Balancers: thirteen pre-selected metrics at one-minute frequency, free of charge.
  • Amazon RDS DB instances: thirteen pre-selected metrics at one-minute frequency, free of charge.
  • Amazon SQS queues: eight pre-selected metrics at five-minute frequency, free of charge.
  • Amazon SNS topics: four pre-selected metrics at five-minute frequency, free of charge.
  • Amazon ElastiCache nodes: twenty-nine pre-selected metrics at one-minute frequency, free of charge.
  • Amazon DynamoDB tables: seven pre-selected metrics at five-minute frequency, free of charge.
  • AWS Storage Gateways: eleven pre-selected gateway metrics and five pre-selected storage volume metrics at five-minute frequency, free of charge.
  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce job flows: twenty-three pre-selected metrics at five-minute frequency, free of charge.
  • Auto Scaling groups: seven pre-selected metrics at one-minute frequency, optional and charged at standard pricing.
  • Estimated charges on your AWS bill: you can also choose to enable metrics to monitor your AWS charges. The number of metrics depends on the AWS products and services that you use, and these metrics are free of charge. Learn more about this option.

Amazon CloudWatch Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Amazon CloudWatch?
Datadog
Datadog is the leading service for cloud-scale monitoring. It is used by IT, operations, and development teams who build and operate applications that run on dynamic or hybrid cloud infrastructure. Start monitoring in minutes with Datadog!
Splunk
Splunk Inc. provides the leading platform for Operational Intelligence. Customers use Splunk to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine data.
New Relic
New Relic is the all-in-one web application performance tool that lets you see performance from the end user experience, through servers, and down to the line of application code.
Prometheus
Prometheus is a systems and service monitoring system. It collects metrics from configured targets at given intervals, evaluates rule expressions, displays the results, and can trigger alerts if some condition is observed to be true.
AWS CloudTrail
With CloudTrail, you can get a history of AWS API calls for your account, including API calls made via the AWS Management Console, AWS SDKs, command line tools, and higher-level AWS services (such as AWS CloudFormation). The AWS API call history produced by CloudTrail enables security analysis, resource change tracking, and compliance auditing. The recorded information includes the identity of the API caller, the time of the API call, the source IP address of the API caller, the request parameters, and the response elements returned by the AWS service.
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