Amazon CloudWatch
API Reference (API Version 2010-08-01)


Encapsulates the information sent to either create a metric or add new values to be aggregated into an existing metric.



The dimensions associated with the metric.

Type: Array of Dimension objects

Array Members: Maximum number of 10 items.

Required: No


The name of the metric.

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 1. Maximum length of 255.

Required: Yes


The statistical values for the metric.

Type: StatisticSet object

Required: No


Valid values are 1 and 60. Setting this to 1 specifies this metric as a high-resolution metric, so that CloudWatch stores the metric with sub-minute resolution down to one second. Setting this to 60 specifies this metric as a regular-resolution metric, which CloudWatch stores at 1-minute resolution. Currently, high resolution is available only for custom metrics. For more information about high-resolution metrics, see High-Resolution Metrics in the Amazon CloudWatch User Guide.

This field is optional, if you do not specify it the default of 60 is used.

Type: Integer

Valid Range: Minimum value of 1.

Required: No


The time the metric data was received, expressed as the number of milliseconds since Jan 1, 1970 00:00:00 UTC.

Type: Timestamp

Required: No


The unit of the metric.

Type: String

Valid Values: Seconds | Microseconds | Milliseconds | Bytes | Kilobytes | Megabytes | Gigabytes | Terabytes | Bits | Kilobits | Megabits | Gigabits | Terabits | Percent | Count | Bytes/Second | Kilobytes/Second | Megabytes/Second | Gigabytes/Second | Terabytes/Second | Bits/Second | Kilobits/Second | Megabits/Second | Gigabits/Second | Terabits/Second | Count/Second | None

Required: No


The value for the metric.

Although the parameter accepts numbers of type Double, CloudWatch rejects values that are either too small or too large. Values must be in the range of 8.515920e-109 to 1.174271e+108 (Base 10) or 2e-360 to 2e360 (Base 2). In addition, special values (for example, NaN, +Infinity, -Infinity) are not supported.

Type: Double

Required: No

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific AWS SDKs, see the following:

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