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Metric and Log Monitoring: Do You Really Need Both?

By Jason Skowronski in Signalfx

December 16, 2016

Occasionally, I’ll talk to a developer or operations engineer who says they only use APM or logs as a monitoring solution. They’ll say something like, “We don’t look at logs much since we have New Relic.” Even worse, some rely on their customers to know when something is wrong: “We just check Google Analytics to see if popular pages or actions have gone down.” The surprising thing isn’t necessarily that they have a favorite go-to tool, but that they think it’s sufficient for all their needs. Have we finally achieved the holy grail: a single pane of glass that tells us everything we need to know about operations and performance?

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12 Top Metrics to Monitor in Amazon ELB

By Jason Skowronski in Signalfx

November 9, 2016

Amazon Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) allows websites and web services to serve more requests from users by adding more servers based on need. An unhealthy ELB can cause your website to go offline or slow to a crawl. The right dashboards and meaningful metrics provide insights to remediate issues faster, and a powerful analytics engine makes alerts smarter.

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6 Top Metrics to Monitor in Amazon EBS

By Jason Skowronski in Signalfx

July 1, 2016

Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) is used to provide disk volumes for Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances. It’s elastic because it allows users to quickly create volumes based on their needed size and performance. EBS also offers greater durability by automatically replicating within an availability zone, making it easy to setup encryption and create snapshots.

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Monitoring Amazon EC2 with SignalFx

By Jason Skowronski in Signalfx

June 2, 2016

Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is one of the most popular products on Amazon Web Services (AWS), used by 84% of companies on AWS according to 2nd Watch’s 2015 AWS Scorecard. Part one of this blog series described the top 12 challenges of monitoring Amazon EC2 when dealing with larger scale production deployments.

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10 Top Things to Monitor in Amazon RDS

By Jason Skowronski in Signalfx

May 19, 2016

Amazon’s Relational Database Service (RDS) is one of the most popular database services in the world, used by 47% of companies on AWS according to 2nd Watch’s 2015 AWS Scorecard. Here are the top things you should monitor that can affect availability, performance, and cost.

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