#3 AWS Services - Cloud Watch guide

#3 AWS Services - Cloud Watch guide

AWS Cloud computing series #3


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Hello Everyone,

Hope my recent posts on AWS Cloud computing helps you for basic understanding. Here is an guide for complete beginners guide.

Today's topic is AWS monitoring service called "Cloud Watch"

Observe and monitor resources and applications on AWS, on premises, and on other clouds

Amazon CloudWatch is a service that monitors applications, responds to performance changes, optimizes resource use, and provides insights into operational health. By collecting data across AWS resources, CloudWatch gives visibility into system-wide performance and allows users to set alarms, automatically react to changes, and gain a unified view of operational health.

Let's dive into some key features of AWS CloudWatch:

  1. Metrics: CloudWatch provides a set of pre-defined metrics for various AWS resources, such as CPU utilization, memory usage, and request counts. You can also create custom metrics to meet your specific monitoring needs.

  2. Alarms: CloudWatch allows you to set up alarms that trigger when a specific threshold is exceeded, such as when CPU utilization exceeds 70% for a prolonged period. Alarms can be used to notify your team of potential issues or to automatically take corrective action.

  3. Dashboards: CloudWatch provides a variety of pre-built dashboards that give you a visual representation of your AWS environment. You can also create custom dashboards to meet your specific needs.

  4. Logs: CloudWatch Logs allow you to collect, store, and analyze log data from various sources, such as AWS resources, applications, and services. You can use logs to troubleshoot issues, track user activity, and identify areas for improvement.

  5. Insights: CloudWatch Insights is a feature that allows you to analyze log data using SQL-like queries. You can use Insights to gain deeper insights into your data, identify trends and patterns, and detect anomalies.

  6. Continuous Export: CloudWatch Continuous Export allows you to export data from CloudWatch to Amazon S3, Amazon Redshift, or other data storage services. This feature enables you to keep a long-term record of your data and perform advanced analysis.

  7. API: CloudWatch provides an API that allows you to programmatically interact with the service. You can use the API to retrieve data, create alarms, and perform other operations.

    Here lets see some use cases

    Monitor application performance - Visualize performance data, create alarms, and correlate data to understand and resolve the root cause of performance issues in your AWS resources

    Perform root cause analysis - Analyze metrics, logs, logs analytics, and user requests to speed up debugging and reduce overall mean time to resolution

    Optimize resources proactively - Automate resource planning and lower costs by setting actions to occur when thresholds are met based on your specifications or machine learning models

    Test website impacts - Find out exactly when your website is impacted and for how long by viewing screenshots, logs, and web requests at any point in time

    Official AWS documentation link : https://aws.amazon.com/cloudwatch/

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