CloudWatch Metrics & Alarms reloaded

Amazon CloudWatch improved significantly over the years. It’s time to look at its monitoring capabilities again. CloudWatch is an excellent starting point to implement enhanced monitoring on AWS. In this blog post, I demonstrate what you can do with Clo...

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marbot an alternative to OpsGenie, PagerDuty, and VictorOps

We started working on marbot in 2016. Recently, I’ve been doing some research to compare our incident management solution with our competitors: OpsGenie, PagerDuty, and VictorOps. Find my biased comparison in the following. What do all four incident ma...

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Are you the lonely DevOps engineer doing 24/7 on-call? Change it!

Are you the only one in your team who takes responsibility for the productive system? Are you carrying your laptop with you even in your free time to be able to fix issues in production? Are you unofficially on-call 24/7? I’ve been in the same situation...

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Monitoring EC2 Network Utilization

Are you monitoring the network utilization of your EC2 instances? Why not? The network is one of the rare resources that will limit your workload’s maximum throughput: CPU Memory Network Disk GPU I’ve debugged performance problems in a lot of infrastr...

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Monitoring Jump Start: Lambda function

A Lambda function executes code. Many things can go wrong when executing your code. You can run in a timeout, out of memory, or your code can throw exceptions. That’s why you need to add monitoring to be alerted when the Lambda function is not working a...

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Monitoring Jump Start: SQS queue

Many applications depend on a message queue to exchange information. The message producers are decoupled from the message consumers. However, the producers rely on a consumer to eventual process the message. That’s why you need to add monitoring to be a...

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Solve AWS incidents with runbooks

Starting today, marbot helps you to solve AWS incidents with runbooks. Runbooks provide structured procedures for responding to incidents. The following figure is a screenshot of an alert with a runbook. Runbooks allow all your team members to tackle p...

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Basics first! Checklist for monitoring AWS.

Monitoring your cloud infrastructure is key for reliability, security, and efficiency. Before you think about buying and installing a fancy and expensive (application) monitoring solution make sure you got the basics of monitoring AWS covered. I’ve der...

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How To Monitor a Serverless Application

Compared to a typical web application deployed to EC2 a Serverless Application - consisting of an API Gateway and a Lambda function - needs less monitoring as you are outsourcing most of the operations to AWS. However, there are still some metrics you s...

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CloudWatch Tips and Tricks: Monitoring Error Metrics

Whenever you need to have a look into these black boxes, they call the Amazon cloud, go to Amazon CloudWatch directly. This post is the first part of a tips and tricks series guiding you through monitoring your AWS resources. Some metrics contain data ...

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AWS monitoring & alerting in Slack

marbot takes care of your Amazon Web Services (AWS) monitoring setup. You receive and close all relevant alerts via Slack. marbot integrates with CloudWatch, Elastic Beanstalk, EC2, RDS, any many more.

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