If you’re a network engineer or DevOps specialist, chances are you are no stranger to downtime. And we’re not talking about leisurely lunch breaks.
Downtime or other service delays and interruptions can be costly to any business or organization. Although you can take steps to mitigate the risks, it’s important to remain vigilant and make status monitoring a regular habit.
By keeping tabs on your system’s infrastructure and any possible events or incidents, you can ensure your team responds as quickly as possible to remedy the problem, and you can identify opportunities to improve your current architecture and connections.
Today, millions of companies run their applications through AWS. Learn how to monitor AWS status and how you can use Lucidchart’s AWS import to automatically generate a network diagram and keep track of your infrastructure.
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What is AWS?
Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides on-demand cloud computing platforms and services to public and private organizations and individuals.
They offer a wide range of services including data storage, analytics, application and web hosting, networking, email, remote development, and security, as well as a host of other IT infrastructure solutions. AWS is easily the largest cloud computing provider in the world, servicing giants like Netflix, Airbnb, and BMW.
Advantages of AWS
Why are so many people moving to cloud-based services? AWS and similar services provide some compelling advantages:
- Lower upfront investment cost
- Increased speed and agility
- Ability to prioritize product and consumers over infrastructure
- Flexible capacity that reduces waste
A key advantage of AWS and other cloud computing platforms is the low upfront costs combined with scalability. Traditionally, businesses and organizations had to invest heavily in IT infrastructures like data centers and servers to support their systems before they had even finished fully developing them.
AWS cloud computing lowers these upfront costs with a low pay-as-you-go subscription model. You only pay for what you use, so you can optimize your allocation of funds and invest in what matters most: your products and your consumers.
Monitoring AWS status
While downtime is rare, it can happen. If you’re one of the many customers currently using AWS, then you will need to know your way around the AWS status dashboards and keep updated on the health and status of your cloud applications.
As a simple way to monitor AWS status, we recommend following the AWS Service Health Dashboard. This dashboard tracks both current status and status history for the past year. The dashboard is most useful for tracking any significant system interruptions.
The status page uses color-coded icons to indicate the status for each service and region: normal service operation, performance issues, and service disruption.
If you’d rather not jump to the current status page every time you want an update, you can subscribe to the AWS RSS feed. AWS updates the feed with status notifications as they evolve. This is a great way to monitor AWS systems automatically. Whenever a status changes, your RSS notification will alert you to the issue.
Although it’s a waiting game for AWS status issues to be resolved, it’s important to keep track of the system’s status as it affects your platforms and applications.
Monitoring your AWS-supported applications
While it is important to know about AWS system outages, there are more immediate practical benefits to monitoring the status of your AWS applications.
AWS launched the Personal Health Dashboard to help you do just that. The personal dashboard alerts you to events affecting your AWS resources and provides additional guidance to help navigate and mitigate the effects. However, limitations to the Personal Health Dashboard make it tedious and time-consuming to build a clear picture of the overall health of your applications.
That’s where Lucidchart comes in.
Building visual dashboards in Lucidchart
In Lucidchart, you can create dashboards that help you monitor the status of your applications at a glance and optimize their performance as your company scales. Lucidchart developed an AWS architecture import to visually map your applications’ current status and architecture. With a few clicks, you can import your AWS architecture, and Lucidchart will automatically lay out your infrastructure as a network diagram.
Watch the video below to see how our AWS import works or follow our in-product tutorial.
While AWS can give you a listed report of all the components of your system, the visual model in Lucidchart takes it to the next level with a logical view of your network designs and interactions. This network diagram allows you to quickly understand how your architecture is organized and how each system connects and relates to one another.
From a monitoring standpoint, this visual has important applications. With conditional formatting and icon sets in Lucidchart, you can set up your AWS diagram to notify you when there is an issue. In other words, users can apply rule-driven formatting to visualize where and when events affect your systems.
For example, if one server receives a spike in traffic that is over-burdening the system, that server on the diagram will turn red (or whatever format you’ve set). This feature leads to faster response times from your DevOps team and a better understanding of your cloud infrastructure across your team and organization.
Keep your applications (and in turn, your business) running smoothly and ensure a positive experience for your users as you visualize your AWS infrastructure in Lucidchart.