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Monitor cloud instances with SAM

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Updated: 3-14-2017

Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring provides visibility into your Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure including cloud EC2 instances and attached EBS volumes. This feature completes the Orion tools you need to monitor and administer hybrid environments. Migrating your on-premise systems to the cloud gives you growing opportunities to distribute workloads, deliver applications, and expand resources for growing databases. Despite the ease of standing up cloud instances manually or through automation, your infrastructure can become difficult to map with lost resources or hidden instances in the sprawling environment.

With access to your cloud services account, Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring polls the cloud service APIs for cloud metrics and status. This data aggregates and displays through the Orion Web Console to monitor, manage, and troubleshoot issues in your cloud environment:

  • Discover your EC2 cloud instances and EBS volumes in your cloud infrastructure
  • Automatically discover and monitor new instances when launched from your cloud account
  • Provide a consolidated view for cloud, hybrid, and on-premise systems
  • Configure cloud alerts for cloud issues including AWS throttling, AWS exceeded limits, Orion cloud and global thresholds exceeded, polling issues, and health status
  • Manage global cloud monitoring threshold settings to indicate warning and critical thresholds
  • Poll for application and OS metrics on cloud instances using application monitors and templates

For example, add a series of EC2 cloud instances from your AWS account for the east coast. Select My Dashboards > Cloud to review overall AWS infrastructure data and cloud details. Use the Cloud Instances Status Summary and Cloud Server Infrastructure resources to review status and health at-a-glance. To quickly review cloud status, metrics, and node management for a cloud instance, hover over any cloud instance name in the Orion Web Console.

The tooltip provides quick information for the cloud service and status.

When managed as a node, the tooltip provides enhanced data.

Any cloud instances encountering issues display in the following resources with linked instances and nodes to investigate:

  • Active Cloud Alerts lists all active alerts affecting monitoring and managed cloud instances.
  • Cloud Applications with Problems lists all applications with issues on cloud instances managed as nodes in SAM.

Select a cloud instance to view the Cloud Instance Details page. This page displays for monitored nodes, or as a Cloud tab in a cloud instance managed as a node. Any exceeded thresholds show in warning and critical values, charts and graphs with hover over points to compare all collected data, and linked alerts.

The following resources provide important data for determining issues and tracking performance and usage trends:

  • Active Alerts lists all active alerts affecting the cloud instance.
  • Min/Max/Average of Average CPU load displays average CPU load collected and calculated for the cloud instance.
  • Min/Max/Average of Network Utilization provides a chart of the minimum, maximum, and average bits per second transmitted and received over a cloud instance for a custom period of time.

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12:55, 14 Mar 2017