How to Optimize and Visualize Your Security Groups (Jump Host example)

In this post we review how to understand and visualize AWS security groups, and how to use it for identifing security vulnerabilities. What are AWS Security Groups? AWS Security Groups acts as a virtual firewall for your instance to control inbound and outbound … Continue Reading

Who is accessing your Elastic File System (EFS)?

In this post we review how to understand and visualize who is accessing your EFS, and how to use it for troubleshooting, cost allocation and system design. What is Elastic File System (EFS)? Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) provides … Continue Reading

Get some Availability Zone visibility (before unleashing Chaos Monkey…)

AWS Availability Zones Amazon EC2 is hosted in multiple locations worldwide. These locations are composed of regions and Availability Zones. Each region is a separate geographic area. Each region has multiple, isolated locations known as AZ (Availability Zones). Amazon EC2 … Continue Reading

It’s 5 PM. Do You Know Where Your CPUs Are?

“T2 instances are designed to provide moderate baseline performance and the capability to burst to significantly higher performance as required by your workload. They are intended for workloads that don’t use the full CPU often or consistently, but occasionally need … Continue Reading

Monitoring direct and indirect ELB dependencies

Elastic Load Balancing automatically distributes incoming application traffic across multiple Amazon EC2 instances. It enables you to achieve fault tolerance in your applications, seamlessly providing the required amount of load balancing capacity needed to route application (or micro-service) traffic. Understanding … Continue Reading

Using VPC Flow Logs to visualize your network

AWS VPC Flow Logs is a feature that enables you to capture information about the IP traffic going to and from network interfaces in your VPC. Flow log data is is a part of the Amazon CloudWatch Logs. After you’ve … Continue Reading

How to Monitor Microservices – Part 2: Mapping Microservice Relationships

In the previous post (part 1) we have covered how visualizing microservices is very useful when monitoring an environment with Microservices.  This post will look at a number of practical ways of understanding the relationships within and between services in the environment, … Continue Reading

Monitoring ONTAP Cloud

How to monitor NetApp ONTAP Cloud in AWS What is ONTAP Cloud? ONTAP Cloud, is a leading enterprise storage operating system, to deliver secure, proven NFS, CIFS, and iSCSI data management for EBS storage and tier to S3 storage. A … Continue Reading

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How to monitor AWS step functions

Last December Amazon announced on a new service: Step Functions.  AWS Step Functions is a serverless architecture that makes it easy to coordinate the components of distributed applications and microservices in a state-machine fashion. There is a considerable excitement around … Continue Reading

How to Monitor Microservices – Part 1: Visualizing Microservices

One of the most successful trends in recent years is moving to a Microservices Architecture. There are many benefits to a microservices architecture. However, it does come with a number of trade-offs. One such trade-off is that monitoring is more challenging in … Continue Reading