AWS has announced several critical enhancements to their monitoring service, Amazon CloudWatch. Namely:
Extended Metrics Retention
Since users have requested for more time to access and see their metrics, system metrics have now been extended from 14 days to 15 months, at no additional charge. Historical data is at a lower granularity level: 1 minute data points are available for 15 days, while 5 minute data points can be viewed for 63 days, and 1 hour data points are viewable up to 15 months.
This gives you time to look at monthly reports, compare performance from year-to-year, and determine changes over time. Starting now and over the course of a year, the metrics will continue to be stored until 15 months of data are recorded.
Improved Metric Graphing
Aside from extending metrics retention, AWS wanted to make reports easier to understand. This feature will do so by introducing new tabs: Graphed metrics and Graph options.
The graphed metrics tab allows you to control your metrics. You may delete it, copy it, rename it, or add an alarm. Using the graph options you may specify ranges you want to see.
These features are available now for free. If you would like to learn more about CloudWatch and other associated AWS services, contact our cloud consultants in PolarSeven today.