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Amazon CloudWatch

Monitor AWS resources and custom metrics generated by your applications and services

Amazon CloudWatch is a monitoring and management service built for developers, system operators, site reliability engineers (SRE), and IT managers.

CloudWatch provides you with data and actionable insights to monitor your applications, understand and respond to system-wide performance changes, optimize resource utilization, and get a unified view of operational health.

CloudWatch collects monitoring and operational data in the form of logs, metrics, and events, providing you with a unified view of AWS resources, applications and services that run on AWS, and on-premises servers.

You can use CloudWatch to set high resolution alarms, visualize logs and metrics side by side, take automated actions, troubleshoot issues, and discover insights to optimize your applications, and ensure they are running smoothly.

Benefits

Access all your Data from a Single Platform

Modern applications are distributed (that is, they run on microservices architectures) and generate lots of data in the form of metrics, logs, and more.

You need a way to easily collect, access, and correlate these data points from individual sources in silos (server, network, database, etc.) to effectively monitor applications and infrastructure resources.

Amazon CloudWatch enables you to collect metrics and logs from all your AWS resources, applications, and services that run on AWS and on-premises servers, helping you break down data silos so you can easily gain system-wide visibility.

RICHEST AND DEEPEST INSIGHTS FOR AWS RESOURCES

Monitoring your AWS resources is easy with Amazon CloudWatch. CloudWatch is natively integrated with more than 70 AWS services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon S3, Amazon ECS, AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, etc. that automatically publish detailed 1-minute metrics and custom metrics with up to 1-second granularity.

You can use AWS Systems Manager to install a CloudWatch Agent, or you can use the CloudWatch API to easily collect, publish, and store this data in CloudWatch.

Visibility Across Your Applications, Infrastructure and Services

Gaining visibility across your distributed stack means correlating and visualizing metrics and logs to quickly pinpoint and resolve issues.

With Amazon CloudWatch, you can visualize key metrics like CPU utilization and memory.

You can also correlate a log pattern, e.g. error to a specific metric to quickly get the context and go from diagnosing the problem to understanding the root cause.

Reduce Mean Time to Resolution (MTTR) and Improve Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Amazon CloudWatch enables you to set high resolution alarms and take automated actions.

This means freeing up important resources to focus on adding business value.

For example, you can get alerted on Amazon EC2 instances and set up Auto Scaling to add or remove instances.

You can also execute automated responses to detect and shut down unused EC2 resources, reducing billing overages and improving resource optimization.

Drive Insights to Optimize Applications and Operational Resources

You need a unified operational view, real-time granular data, and historical reference to optimize performance and resource utilization.

With Amazon CloudWatch, you get enhanced monitoring with 1-second granularity and up to 15 months of metrics storage and retention.

You can also leverage native CloudWatch features, such as Metric Math, to perform calculations on your metric data.

For example, you can aggregate usage across an entire fleet of EC2 instances to derive operational and utilization insights.

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Employees

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Cody Swann

Since founding Gunner Technology, Cody has served the company in every aspect of business development and product development.

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Dary Merckens

From a contractor to a partner, Dary has been with Gunner since year 1 and embodies the meritocratic spirit and philosophy of Gunner Technology.

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Mahdi Huessein

Mahdi joined Gunner at age 18 and quickly rose through the ranks to become VP of Engineering

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Kayden Chan

Kayden holds the Gunner Technology record for most straight hours worked at just under 70. He refuses to quit until the job is done and it's done right.

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Ethan Sloan

Ethan has a mind for infrastructure and a knack for visualizing platform solutions

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Brenden Lam

As the youngest member of the team, Brenden earned the nickname of Young Hybrid for his proficient in both development and design.

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Nicolas Henderson

Nicolas' goal is to learn everything. A voracious reader, the only time his nose isn't in a tech book is when he's scripting a new infrastructure.

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Related Terms

  • Amazon Web Services

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a comprehensive, evolving cloud computing platform provided by Amazon.

  • Self-healing

    A system that can detect that it's not operating property and fix itself without human intervention.

  • Reliability

    The degree to which a component consistently performs according to its specifications.

  • DevOps

    DevOps is the blending of tasks performed by a company's application development and systems operations teams.