In case you missed the announcement near the end of the year, Amazon is now offering free basic monitoring for EC2 Instances. For each EC2 instances, you can collect and reports metrics for CPU utilization, data transfer, and disk usage.
Zenoss includes support for monitoring your Amazon EC2 instances allowing you to alert and notify when threshold metrics get exceded. In addition to monitoring server stats, you can also use SSH and WMI to monitor your Linux and Windows operating systems and applications.
With Zenoss, you can monitor your cloud resources along side the physical and virtual infrastructure you have running in-house, all from one console.
Here is a quick demo video showing a Zenoss instance monitoring servers deployed inside of Amazon's EC2.
In the video you can see the following metrics captured through using the Amazon CloudWatch API:
- CPU utilization
- Network in/out
- Disk bytes read/write
- Disk operations read/write
New to Zenoss? Here is how you can get up and running with Zenoss Core which includes support for EC2 monitoring:
- Zenoss Core can be downloaded here along with the installation guide.
- The fastest way to get up and running is to use the Virtual Appliance install.
- Documentation on the Amazon EC2 Zenpack can be viewed here.
Want to learn more about how Zenoss monitors Cloud infrastructures for some of the world's leading Cloud providers? Check out our Cloud Monitoring resources.