The AWS cloud platform has made it easier than ever to be flexible, efficient, and cost-effective. However, monitoring your AWS infrastructure is the key to getting all of these benefits. Realizing these benefits requires that you follow AWS best practices which constantly change as AWS regularly expands and reconfigures.
The practice of monitoring your infrastructure has been a part of your workflows and routines since the time you entered the world of IT. Infrastructure monitoring has moved on from the tracking of temperatures, power consumption, and neat cabling and racks, but capacity, computing resource, and security are still our responsibility.
In this post, we look at AWS monitoring best practices that leverage the tools provided by both AWS and their trusted third-party technology partners from all angles so that your move to the cloud can be as fruitful and constructive as you want it to be.
Why do we need to monitor our AWS infrastructure?
Monitoring is entrenched in the Well-Architected Framework (WAF)
Most users have heard about the five pillars of the AWS Well Architected Framework. Just like any other infrastructure technology, old or new, mistakes can be made and confusion felt when it comes to making the right decisions for your organization. This is why AWS created the framework in the first place. Monitoring your AWS environment is a constant best-practice theme across the pillars as it’s only through auditing and understanding your resources that you’ll be able to use them to their fullest ability.
From a security perspective, it’s never been more important to have the tools and practices in place to know your environments. Data and security breaches are consistently making the headlines as hackers are using brute force. The effects on reputation and corporate wallets can be immense. With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect last year, the