Using Lambda for a Server-less Stackdriver Alerting Webhook 

Stackdriver now supports creating dashboards to understand how your AWS Lambda functions are being used.  These dashboards allow you to see how many times a given function is called, how often it fails, if it’s being throttled and how long the calls take.  

New Features: AWS CloudFront Monitoring, AWS Frankfurt, ELB Tags, and more 

CloudFront Service Dashboard

We have been pretty quiet on the blog lately. Let’s change that. For starters, I will take this opportunity to highlight some recent enhancements to the Stackdriver service, including monitoring for AWS CloudFront, support for the AWS Frankfurt Region, and integration of tags for Elastic Load Balancers. Please check back soon for more news. AWS […]

When Eventual Consistency is Really Eventual 

Amazon’s S3 storage services promises extreme durability (11 9s) but only eventual consistency.  Applications must be designed to accommodate this relaxed consistency model.  Because consistency is often achieved within just seconds, it is easy to be lulled into habits that fail when the latency to consistency is much higher.  Can your system handle very high […]

Happy 8th Birthday AWS S3 

Happy birthday AWS S3

Eight years ago today, Amazon launched their Simple Storage Service, known affectionately (and officially) as S3. As the first actual Web service offered, the birth of S3 is sort of the birth of Amazon Web Services, and to a degree the birth of the public cloud (although EC2 didn’t launch until August. We’ll wish it […]

Three Elastic Load Balancer Metrics You Need To Track 

Anyone who uses Amazon Web Services to power their distributed application is familiar with AWS CloudWatch, Amazon’s native offering for monitoring AWS cloud resources. For many, it can be difficult to know intuitively what metrics are most important to the overall success of their environment, especially for more advanced resources like Elastic Load Balancers (ELB). […]

Using Custom Metrics in Stackdriver 

Stackdriver offers full-stack monitoring. For infrastructure, we utilize the Amazon Web Services CloudWatch API. For system, we utilize our open-source agent. For app, we have integrations for many of the most widely-used apps, including Nginx, MySQL, MongoDB, etc. And for anything we don’t natively monitor out-of-the-box, we have an easy-to-use, easy-to-consume custom metrics API. Check […]

AWS C3 Instance Adoption Follow-Up 

During re:Invent in November, AWS announced the new C3 compute-optimized instance class. A few weeks after the announcement, we shared on this blog some data showing the adoption rate of the new C3 instances. Now that a little more time has passed, we wanted to check in again with some data about the adoption of […]

Adoption of Amazon’s new EC2 C3-class instances 

Adoption of EC2 C3 instances by day since launch

It has been about three weeks since Amazon announced the new C3 instance class at re:Invent. The introduction of a new instance class gives us the rare opportunity to observe the adoption of new offerings in AWS. The chart below shows the percentage of C3 instance types monitored by Stackdriver starting the day before the announcement to […]

Stackdriver and AWS Webinar – Running Cassandra on AWS 

Earlier this week, Stackdriver’s Joey Imbasciano and AWS’s Miles Ward teamed up on a webinar titled Best Practices for Running Apache Cassandra on Amazon Web Services. Enjoy the recording, and let us know in the comments if you have any questions!

MySQL, MongoDB Top AWS Database Technologies 

MySQL and MongoDB are the most popular databases on AWS

MySQL is the clear database of choice among organizations using Stackdriver to monitor their Amazon Web Services environments, but NoSQL poster-child technology MongoDB is in second place, beating out Amazon’s own SQL-based RDS and NoSQL solution DynamoDB. RDS, Amazon’s relational database-as-a-service, comes in third with pseudo-database Redis close behind. Trailing the top database technologies are […]