Amazon CloudWorks Internet Monitor lets you track connection-related performance issues • TechCrunch
When it comes to performance issues, it’s hard to know where the problem lies. This is especially true when your monitoring dashboard shows a clear all, but you still hear slow complaints from your users. In these cases, there is a high chance that these problems are related to an Internet connection problem.
These types of problems are more difficult to detect because they vary widely and depend on many factors that are mostly beyond your control. Amazon wants to make it easier to track these types of issues on applications running on AWS infrastructure with a new service called Amazon CloudWorks Internet Monitor. He’s announcing the new service this week at AWS re:Invent.
As the name suggests, it’s part of the CloudWorks monitoring tool, and it examines internet connections around the world to find hotspots.
“Internet Monitor uses the connectivity data we capture from our global network footprint to calculate a performance and availability baseline for Internet traffic,” Amazon’s Sebastien Stormacq wrote in a blog post announcing the new service.
The idea is to allow you to monitor issues related to internet connection issues with applications running on AWS infrastructure resources. Most major monitoring tools allow you to track different types of network traffic, but this one leverages the same data that AWS uses to monitor its own uptime. So it’s likely to be strong enough for those AWS-centric applications.
You just create a monitor and add internet resources, and you can monitor from there when you get performance complaints that you can’t identify. Among other data, you can see a health score based on the quality of connections on the resources you have added to your monitor.
The new service is available for public preview starting today in 20 regions. It’s free in the public beta, but it’s worth noting that you might still be charged for the log data the service collects as part of its monitoring process.