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Cloud Monitoring With Azure And AWS

Scan, gather, and receive performance insights to optimize performance.

Tanuj Mitra
Post by Tanuj Mitra May 10, 2017


Cloud monitoring tools help scan your entire cloud infrastructure, gather performance insights, and take actionable measures. Developers and IT professionals use monitoring tools to build, deploy, and manage applications through a global network of data centers. The tools deliver on-demand computing, network, and storage resources to manage web applications. Users focus on their key business goals and objectives rather than on supporting services.

Azure Monitoring Software automatically scans the entire Azure Infrastructure, reports performance insights, and takes actionable measures to mitigate issues. Here are some benefits:

  1. Seamless Cloud Monitoring:
    The agent-less monitoring software is quick to start and configure. It requires a simple authorization. Following the setup, it gathers and processes data from your infrastructure on a central dashboard. It monitors multiple virtual servers, and virtual machine instances, ensuring no performance gap.
  2. Cloud Infrastructure Visibility:
    The cloud monitoring software provides performance, processes, and issues along with visual charts and graphs to measure system performance against KPI’s. It enables us to view the past infrastructure to know how the system behaved previously. Consequently, you identify root-cause of any problem at hand.
  3. Instantaneous Notifications:
    Azure monitoring tools provide real-time alerts and notifications about performance issues via email, SMS, and monitoring dashboards. It ensures IT infrastructure is up and running smoothly 24/7.
  4. Automatic Resolution:
    The self-healing techniques automate resolution of performance issues. The cloud monitoring software triggers an automatic remedy for problematic events by configuring quick recovery procedures.
  5. Cost Efficient:
    The software provides deep insight into the performance of each Azure resource. The cloud monitoring solution automates most functions to curb human intervention. Consequently, the teams can focus on other, high priority tasks. Also, subscription-based billing makes it cost-effective.


AWS CloudWatch collects metrics from primary AWS tools. This includes Amazon EC2 performance and loads. It sends notifications via Amazon SNS, initiates an action in response to different events on schedule-basis, and also stores instance logs. The architecture allows AWS Auto Scaling and AWS Lambda too. Users can initiate specific actions if a metric (or multiple metrics) exceeds or drops below the average.

AWS CloudWatch metrics are unique and represent quantitative measurement (such as CPU Utilization percentage or number of VolumeReadOps). At the same time, CloudWatch dimensions describe the quality characteristics of an object that can be further described through metrics.

The major benefits of AWS CloudWatch monitoring are to:

  • Ensure your website/cloud and app are always online.
  • Ensure application security for customers using it.
  • Monitor the resultant performance and cost of the application.
  • Troubleshoot and recommend how to avoid existing errors in the future.

These are possible through the AWS CloudWatch Alarms, Events, Dashboards, and logs.


CloudWatch performs actions on user-specified events. It monitors a metric for a defined period, and acts when it achieves the specific value. These alarms increase or decrease current instance capacity and user notifications. They are also sent to Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) and received as SMS or email messages.

Amazon EC2 instances that are unused or underutilized can be detected or shutdown using CloudWatch alarms.


Events in AWS CloudWatch consists of:

  1. Event – Generated by changes in the state of different AWS resources, by the conditions specified in the code, by AWS CloudTrail or triggered on a scheduled basis.
  2. Targets – Represents the endpoints for Events, for example, AWS Lambda function, Amazon SNS topic, Amazon SQS queues, Amazon Kinesis Streams, etc.
  3. Rules – Describe in what way the Event will affect the target

A rule is evoked once an event reaches a target.


Amazon CloudWatch’s dashboard view offers a combination of different stats from other AWS services. It consists of graphs combining different metrics on one dimension. Customizing the widgets within a dashboard gives you an overview of storage cost forecasts, workload, IOPS level, etc.


AWS allows users to store up to 5GB of logs inside the cloud storage completely free. Logs are gathered from other AWS resources such as EC2 instances like CloudTrail. You can set the period for log storage thorough retention policies.

AWS CloudWatch is the perfect answer to track performance, estimate billing, and automate tasks for other AWS services. Contact Netenrich to make the most out of your cloud investment.

Tanuj Mitra

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Tanuj Mitra

Tanuj is a storyteller whose ideas and snackable insights are in-sync with dynamic IT operations and modern networks. He likes to develop content that's smartly worded, clutter-breaking, and easy to digest.

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