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AWS monitoring: use CloudWatch and PRTG to monitor Amazon Web Services
Link CloudWatch data to monitoring data from your entire IT
AWS monitoring with PRTG
- Monitoring Amazon Cloud with PRTG
- Monitoring, security, and optimization with Amazon Cloud monitoring
- Services offered by Amazon Cloud monitoring
- How Amazon Cloud monitoring with PRTG works
- Amazon Cloud monitoring: Our PRTG sensor highlights
- 9 good reasons to choose PRTG as your Amazon Cloud monitoring tool
Monitoring Amazon cloud computing with PRTG
PRTG is the ultimate
AWS monitoring tool
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a popular and flexible solution for a cloud IT infrastructure. If you use the cloud, you can save yourself the hassle of dealing with many hardware malfunctions and ensuring available resources in the case of load peaks. With the cloud, it is the service provider who manages fluctuations and maintains the hosting of your data and applications on the hardware side. And this means that you can dedicate more of your administrative resources to innovation.
By using the cloud, you avoid risks and make computing power easier to scale. But the cloud can also be problematic. Cloud access is contingent on the perfect functioning of your internet connection and corresponding network devices, such as routers and switches. With infrastructure in the cloud, you can no longer work “offline,” which makes network monitoring all the more crucial. And inside the cloud, the infrastructure itself should also be monitored to ensure its applications are running correctly. PRTG uses Amazon CloudWatch data to monitor Amazon Web Services.
Expanding Amazon CloudWatch
possibilities with PRTG
Amazon CloudWatch is the monitoring service for AWS cloud resources that allows you to collect and analyze data, configurations, and metrics. AWS should not incur any unnecessary costs and at the same time provide the best possible performance. And if crashes occur, you must be able to get to the root of the problem. Does the error lie with the Amazon server or cloud service, or with a local router? To find out, you'll need monitoring data from both the cloud and the local network.
PRTG comes with a variety of built-in AWS sensors which allow for Amazon CloudWatch data to be effortlessly integrated into your monitoring solution. These sensors have been developed for a number of services that are monitored by CloudWatch. With PRTG, you'll get the most out of AWS cloud computing, and can you gather and monitor its data centrally along with the data from your local IT infrastructure.
Monitoring, security, and optimization with AWS cloud monitoring
Overview of the utilization of your resources
Amazon cloud monitoring provides you with an overview of the utilization of your resources, the performance of applications, and the soundness of company processes. Thanks to this information, you'll be able to hone your troubleshooting and ensure that applications run error-free.
PRTG monitors your entire IT infrastructure
Sit back, relax, and let PRTG monitor your entire IT infrastructure for you. PRTG helps to reduce risks in the cloud and configure your local network to best adapt to the cloud integration. Time spent troubleshooting is therefore kept to a minimum. PRTG lets you intervene quickly, allowing you to bypass many problems entirely. It shows you, for example, if your IT infrastructure is about to overload due to the large amount of data flowing across your lines and network devices while using the cloud. You can then take necessary steps to upgrade your system. The smooth functioning of the cloud and the required network connections enables your company to offer the performance your customers demand.
Thanks to PRTG, everyone will work with peace of mind.
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Services offered by Amazon cloud monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch alarms monitoring
In CloudWatch, you can set custom alarms for a variety of metrics, and receive notifications or define actions to be executed automatically in the event of an alarm, such as auto-scaling during EC2 instances. PRTG lets you integrate these alarms into your central monitoring tool, and therefore group all the data from your IT infrastructure into one place. Furthermore, thanks to free alerts of PRTG (e.g. push notifications), you’ll always stay in the know.
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) monitoring
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud provides virtual servers for web-based computing with an elastic configuration. Choose from a variety of instance types, operating systems, and software packages, then create your own custom configuration based on RAM, CPU, instance memory, and boot volume size. A quick adjustment of capacities and you’ll be well prepared for fluctuations and load peaks. Within minutes, you can increase or reduce the capacity of your hosting, and thereby gain total control.
Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) monitoring
Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) is a service for Amazon EC2 instances. Volumes for persistent block storage ensure a high level of availability and protection in the event individual components break down. Amazon EBS volumes provide for consistently high performance and short latency. Use them to manage computer processing loads! The advantage of Amazon EBS: You can increase or reduce capacities within minutes.
Amazon Elastic Load Balancing (Amazon ELB) monitoring
The function of Elastic Load Balancing is to automatically distribute incoming application traffic across several EC2 instances. The load distribution capacity that is required for this function adjusts seamlessly to the distribution of the application data. As a result, your network load is stabler and your applications are granted more room for error.
Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) monitoring
The Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) helps you tailor the configuration, administration, and scaling of a relational database in Amazon cloud computing. It also allows for the automation of administrative tasks, such as hardware provisioning, database setup, and importing backups and patches.
Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) monitoring
The Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) is responsible for Pub/Sub messages and mobile alerts. You’ll use SNS to coordinate the delivery of messages to a variety of different subscription types, and to transmit messages to distributed systems, services, mobile devices, etc.
Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) monitoring
The Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) provides reliable and scalable message queues, thereby making the use of message-oriented middleware obsolete. Use SQS to send, save, and receive an unlimited number of messages (of any size) between software components. SQS ensures messages do not get lost.
Amazon ElastiCache monitoring
ElastiCache is used in your AWS cloud to set up distributed in-memory cache environments and organize configuration, administration, and scaling. As a result, the usually demanding and complex workload of admins is reduced dramatically. Data saved in the in-memory cache is read much faster than data in hard drives, which in turn boosts the performance of web applications.
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How AWS monitoring with PRTG works
What is a sensor?
In PRTG, “sensors” are the basic monitoring elements. One sensor usually monitors one measured value in your network, e.g. the traffic of a switch port, the CPU load of a server, the free space of a disk drive. On average you need about 5-10 sensors per device or one sensor per switch port.
PRTG + Amazon CloudWatch account
= AWS monitoring
To monitor AWS, you’ll need both PRTG and an Amazon CloudWatch account. There are two advantages to using CloudWatch alone: freedom from the constraints of an operating system and enhanced security due to fewer open ports during the verification of queries.
Monitor and analyze all
PRTG plus Amazon CloudWatch monitor the instances of Amazon EC2, RDS databases, Amazon EBS data carriers, ElastiCache, and Elastic Load Balancing. SQS and SNS data is also retrieved, and the configured alarms are monitored. CPU load, latencies, and request counters are some examples of the data that is delivered to PRTG via CloudWatch. In addition, PRTG lets you monitor the metrics and protocol files that are generated for your applications and services, such as memory usage, transaction volumes, and error messages.
Create data linkages
PRTG extracts the CloudWatch data via the AWS API and thus enables you to link it to other monitoring data such as the router status. As a result, you'll be able to identify correlations while troubleshooting that might not show up when only using CloudWatch.
AWS monitoring: Our PRTG sensor highlights
Check out our fundamentally revised AWS sensors.
The AWS Cost sensor monitors the monthly and yearly costs of an AWS account and shows cost forecasts as well. Next to the included cost channels, you can add additional channels for cost and forecast types, for example unblended and net unblended costs or amortized and net amortized costs.
The AWS EBS v2 sensor replaces the Amazon CloudWatch EBS sensor. It monitors the performance of an Elastic Block Store volume and displays different read and write operation values, such as total time, speed, and count. There are also two new channels that show the volume state and the burst balance.
The Amazon EC2 v2 sensor replaces the Amazon CloudWatch EC2 sensor. It monitors the performance of an Elastic Compute Cloud instance in terms of CPU and network load, the read/write speed of hard drives, and EC2 status checks. If activated in your AWS account, it can also show the CPU credit balance and usage.
The AWS ELB v2 sensor replaces the Amazon CloudWatch ELB sensor. It monitors the performance of an Elastic Load Balancing load balancer – the sensor supports application balancers and network load balancers. It displays different host count values, target 4xx counts, and more, and there are new channels that show, for example, processed bytes, rule evaluations, and consumed LCUs.
Here you can find our Amazon CloudWatch sensors that we will revise soon:
The Amazon CloudWatch RDS Sensor monitors the performance of the Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) regarding CPU load, CPU credit usage, CPU credit balance, memory usage, incoming and outgoing database/network traffic, and storage information.
The Amazon CloudWatch ElastiCache Sensor monitors the performance of the Amazon ElastiCache service and provides you with values on CPU load, memory, incoming and outgoing cache/network traffic, and cache statistics.
9 good reasons to choose PRTG as your AWS monitoring tool
Facilitate your decision-making process
Gather relevant performance and load data from your systems and applications. The newfound information will make it easier to make important decisions.
Operating system independent
By using our AWS sensors, you can monitor important system settings without having to pay attention to which operating system is running on the cloud server.
With the AWS sensors, queries can be sent and data retrieved without the need to open a single port. You’ll also be promptly informed of error messages and capacity shortages.
Automatic detection of capacity fluctuations
Whether EC2, EBS, ELB, or RDS – all of these services provide capacities that can be adjusted within minutes. With precise tracking, you’ll stay in complete control.
Put freed-up resources to good use
With hardware maintenance completed on the Amazon side, your own resources can be dedicated to innovative IT processes that are beneficial to your business.
Improve the response time of applications
Flexible scaling allows you to prevent reaction time delays in business applications. Computer capacities are adjusted to the required capacities – even, if you so wish, automatically.
Expand CloudWatch possibilities
PRTG extracts CloudWatch data and lets you link it to other monitoring data (such as router data). As a result, you'll be able to spot correlations while troubleshooting which would not have been obvious by using CloudWatch alone.
Be alerted immediately
PRTG informs you automatically. Simply define your threshold values, then choose how you’d like PRTG to alert you: by SMS, email, or push notification.
Keep a constant overview
With PRTG, you'll monitor all cloud values on one centralized dashboard. And thanks to the automatic reporting feature, you can also keep coworkers and management in the know. Both of these tools are customizable.
PRTG simplifies your day
Our monitoring software works for you and promptly notifies you of potential issues.
It frees you to concentrate on your day-to-day tasks with peace of mind.
PRTG saves time
With PRTG, you get one central monitoring tool for your servers and entire network. Enjoy a quick overview of your whole infrastructure via our dashboard and app.
PRTG saves worry
Customizing PRTG is a breeze. Getting started or switching from another network monitoring tool is easy thanks to the auto-discovery and pre-configured device templates.
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Docker Monitoring: PRTG comes with ready-to-use Docker sensors at no extra charge. Optimize the availability and performance of Docker containers and minimize errors during the management and deployment of applications.
Network latency: Be promptly alerted in the event of latency spikes and keep a constant eye on all your QoS parameters like packet loss and jitter.
Azure Monitoring: PRTG does not only keep track of your Amazon Cloud infrastructure, but also of your Azure services.
PRTG: The Swiss Army knife for sysadminsAdapt PRTG individually and dynamically to your needs relying on a strong API:
- HTTP API: Access monitoring data and manipulate monitoring objects using HTTP requests
- Custom Sensors: Create your own sensors for customized monitoring
- Custom Notifications: Create your own notifications to send alarms to external systems
- REST Custom Sensor: Monitor almost everything that provides XML or JSON
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