Amazon CloudWatch
User Guide

Related AWS Services

The following services are used in conjunction with Amazon CloudWatch:

  • Auto Scaling is a web service that enables you to automatically launch or terminate Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances based on user-defined policies, health status checks, and schedules. You can use a CloudWatch alarm with Auto Scaling to scale Amazon EC2 instances based on demand. For more information, see Scale Based on Demand in the Auto Scaling Developer Guide.

  • Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) is a web service that coordinates and manages the delivery or sending of messages to subscribing endpoints or clients. You use Amazon SNS with CloudWatch to send messages when an alarm threshold has been reached. For more information, see Set Up Amazon SNS Notifications.

  • AWS CloudTrail is a web service that enables you to monitor the calls made to the Amazon CloudWatch API for your account, including calls made by the AWS Management Console, command line interface (CLI), and other services. When CloudTrail logging is turned on, CloudWatch will write log files into the Amazon S3 bucket that you specified when you configured CloudTrail. Each log file can contain one or more records, depending on how many actions must be performed to satisfy a request. For more information about AWS CloudTrail, see What is AWS CloudTrail? in the AWS CloudTrail User Guide. For an example of the type of data that CloudWatch writes into CloudTrail log files, see Logging Amazon CloudWatch API Calls in AWS CloudTrail.

  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a web service that helps you securely control access to AWS resources for your users. Use IAM to control who can use your AWS resources (authentication) and what resources they can use in which ways (authorization). For more information, see What is IAM? in the IAM User Guide.

  • Amazon Kinesis Streams is a web service you can use for rapid and continuous data intake and aggregation. The type of data used includes IT infrastructure log data, application logs, social media, market data feeds, and web clickstream data. Because the response time for the data intake and processing is in real time, processing is typically lightweight. For more information, see What is Amazon Kinesis Streams? in the Amazon Kinesis Streams Developer Guide.

  • AWS Lambda is a web service you can use to build applications that respond quickly to new information. Upload your application code as Lambda functions and Lambda runs your code on high-availability compute infrastructure and performs all the administration of the compute resources, including server and operating system maintenance, capacity provisioning and automatic scaling, code and security patch deployment, and code monitoring and logging. All you need to do is supply your code in one of the languages that Lambda supports. For more information, see What is AWS Lambda? in the AWS Lambda Developer Guide.