Posted On: Oct 12, 2018

Amazon CloudWatch Agent is now available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. 

The new CloudWatch Agent, integrated with AWS Systems Manager (SSM) for simplified deployment and management, unifies collecting metrics and logs into one agent and enhances the observability of your EC2 instances and virtual machines by collecting in-guest system metrics. You can also publish custom StatsD and collectd metrics to CloudWatch, and publish metrics to another account. Using SSM Run Command or State Manager, you can deploy the agent on EC2 instances, on-premise servers, or hybrid environments, for collecting both Linux and Windows OS metrics and logs, including Windows performance counters and event logs.

With the agent, you can customize or select from multiple default configurations to collect system-level metrics including disk, memory, and more, with the option to collect at a sub-resource level, such as per disk metrics. Statsd and collectd are popular, open-source solutions that gather system statistics for a wide variety of applications. Using the CloudWatch Agent, you can now publish and store your custom StatsD and collectd metrics for up to 15 months in CloudWatch. You can use any of the collected system and custom metrics with CloudWatch alarms for autoscaling instances when available memory is low, dashboarding the p99 statistic of network I/O, and more.

Get started with the CloudWatch agent by downloading directly from the AWS SSM console or via CLI from our S3 bucket for standalone installs. To learn more, please visit the CloudWatch agent user guide