This month we pushed native Cloudwatch support – any metric that you have in Cloudwatch can now be added to graphs and dashboards, and alerts can be created for them.
This check monitors your Amazon Web Services (AWS) resources and the applications you run on AWS in real-time. You can use the CloudWatch Check to collect and track metrics, which are the variables you want to measure for your resources and applications.
From the CloudWatch Check, you can set alerts within Circonus to send notifications, allowing you to make changes to the resources within AWS. For example, you can monitor the CPU usage and disk reads and writes of your Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances and then use this data to determine whether you should launch additional instances to handle increased load. You can also use this data to stop under-utilized instances to save money. With the CloudWatch Check, you gain system-wide visibility into resource utilization, application performance, and operational health.
Circonus takes the AWS Region, API Key, and API Secret, then polls the endpoint (AWS) for a list of all available Namespaces, Metrics, and Dimensions that are specific to the user (AWS Region, API Key, and API Secret combination). Only those returned are displayed in the fields. The names that are displayed under each Dimension type (for example: Volume for EBS) are all instances running this Dimension type and have detailed monitoring enabled.
For information on the master list of Namespace, Metric, and Dimension names available and additional information on Cloudwatch in general, see AWS’s Cloudwatch documentation.