Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
User Guide for Linux Instances

Aggregate Statistics by Auto Scaling Group

You can aggregate statistics for the EC2 instances in an Auto Scaling group. Note that Amazon CloudWatch cannot aggregate data across regions. Metrics are completely separate between regions.

This example shows you how to retrieve the total bytes written to disk for one Auto Scaling group. The total is computed for one-minute periods for a 24-hour interval across all EC2 instances in the specified Auto Scaling group.

To display DiskWriteBytes for the instances in an Auto Scaling group using the console

  1. Open the CloudWatch console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Metrics.

  3. Select the EC2 namespace and then select By Auto Scaling Group.

  4. Select the row for the DiskWriteBytes metric and the specific Auto Scaling group, which displays a graph for the metric for the instances in the Auto Scaling group. To name the graph, choose the pencil icon. To change the time range, select one of the predefined values or choose custom.

  5. To change the statistic or the period for the metric, choose the Graphed metrics tab. Choose the column heading or an individual value, and then choose a different value.

To display DiskWriteBytes for the instances in an Auto Scaling group using the AWS CLI

Use the get-metric-statistics command as follows.

aws cloudwatch get-metric-statistics --namespace AWS/EC2 --metric-name DiskWriteBytes --period 360 \ --statistics "Sum" "SampleCount" --dimensions Name=AutoScalingGroupName,Value=my-asg --start-time 2016-10-16T23:18:00 --end-time 2016-10-18T23:18:00

The following is example output:

{ "Datapoints": [ { "SampleCount": 18.0, "Timestamp": "2016-10-19T21:36:00Z", "Sum": 0.0, "Unit": "Bytes" }, { "SampleCount": 5.0, "Timestamp": "2016-10-19T21:42:00Z", "Sum": 0.0, "Unit": "Bytes" } ], "Label": "DiskWriteBytes" }