8 AWS Cloud Monitoring Tools & Best Practices

May 22, 2023
Cloud Monitoring Tools
8 AWS Cloud Monitoring Tools & Best Practices

AWS Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF)

The AWS Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF) provides a structured approach for organizations to plan and implement their cloud adoption journey on AWS. While the CAF itself is a framework rather than a specific tool, there are several AWS services and tools that can be leveraged to support the operational capabilities defined in the CAF. 

AWS CAF Operations Capabilities

The operations perspective are 9 capabilities that establish a service and delivery level that can be mutually agreed with business and other stakeholders. 

  • Observability

This capability focuses on establishing effective monitoring and observability practices for AWS workloads. It includes defining monitoring requirements, selecting appropriate AWS services for monitoring, setting up logging and metrics collection, and implementing proactive monitoring and alerting mechanisms.

  • Event Management

This capability covers the processes and procedures for responding to and remediating security incidents and operational issues. It involves establishing incident response plans, defining escalation and notification procedures, conducting post-incident analysis, and implementing remediation actions to prevent future incidents.

  • Incident & Problem Management

In the context of AWS, organizations can implement incident and problem management practices to effectively handle and resolve issues that may occur in their AWS environments. This can include setting up processes for incident detection and reporting, establishing escalation procedures, defining response and resolution targets, and conducting post-incident reviews to identify areas for improvement.

  • Change & Release Management

This capability focuses on managing changes to AWS resources and configurations in a controlled and auditable manner. It involves establishing change management processes, implementing change control mechanisms, and defining approval workflows for making changes to AWS resources.

  • Performance & Capacity

This capability focuses on optimizing the performance and capacity of AWS resources to meet specific requirements and ensure efficient utilization of cloud resources. It involves implementing practices and utilizing AWS services to monitor, analyze, and optimize performance and capacity.

  • Configuration Management

This capability encompasses managing and maintaining the desired configurations of AWS resources and ensuring compliance with security and regulatory requirements. It involves defining configuration baselines, continuous configuration monitoring, and implementing compliance checks and controls.

  • Patch Management

Software updates address emerging security vulnerabilities, fix bugs, and introduce new features. A systematic approach to patch management will ensure that you benefit from the latest updates while minimizing risks to production environments.

  • Availability & Continuity

Establishing practices and implementing measures to ensure the availability and continuity of AWS resources and services. It encompasses strategies and processes to minimize downtime, maintain business continuity, and recover from potential disruptions.

  • Application Management

This capability establishes practices and implementing processes to effectively manage and operate applications deployed on the AWS platform. It encompasses activities related to application lifecycle management, deployment, monitoring, and optimization.

AWS Cloud Monitoring Tools

Automation and tooling make it possible to scale and consistently deliver on service level objectives (SLO) with all stakeholders and their consumers. AWS cloud monitoring tools can be used either independently or combined to provide and support specific service objectives. Some of these tools include:

1. AWS Control Tower 

AWS Control Tower helps in setting up and governing a secure, multi-account AWS environment. It provides pre-packaged best practices, such as account provisioning, identity management, and centralized logging, to ensure consistent governance across the organization.

2. AWS Organizations

AWS Organizations allows you to centrally manage multiple AWS accounts and establish policies across those accounts. It helps in implementing governance, security, and compliance controls at the organizational level.

3. AWS Service Catalog

AWS Service Catalog enables organizations to create and manage curated catalogs of IT services that are approved for use on AWS. It allows you to standardize and control the provisioning of resources, ensuring compliance and consistency across accounts.

4. AWS Config

AWS Config provides a detailed inventory of your AWS resources and their configuration history. It continuously monitors and records changes to resources, helping you assess resource compliance, troubleshoot configuration issues, and simplify auditing and compliance processes.

5. AWS CloudTrail

AWS CloudTrail captures API activity and logs it as a trail in your AWS account. It provides visibility into the actions taken by users, services, and resources within your AWS environment. CloudTrail logs can be used for security analysis, resource change tracking, and compliance auditing.

6. AWS CloudFormation

AWS CloudFormation enables you to define and provision AWS infrastructure as code. It allows you to automate the creation and management of resources, making it easier to deploy consistent and repeatable infrastructure configurations.

7. AWS Config Rules

AWS Config Rules help you define and enforce desired configurations for AWS resources. By creating custom or using predefined rules, you can ensure that resources remain compliant with specific configurations or security policies.

8. AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

IAM provides granular control over user access to AWS resources. It enables you to manage user identities, create roles with specific permissions, and enforce least privilege principles to ensure secure access control.

These are just a few examples of the AWS services and tools that can be utilized to support the operational capabilities outlined in the AWS CAF. The specific tools you choose will depend on your organization’s requirements and the operational objectives you aim to achieve.

  • AWS Cloud Monitoring Tools Conclusion

The AWS CAF operational capabilities and AWS monitoring tools leverage AWS best practices to assist develop and implement a digital transformation roadmap and develop a cloud operational readiness capability.