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Integrate Amazon ECS and Amazon EC2

Integrating Amazon ECS and Amazon EC2 with your monitoring system

To integrate Amazon ECS and Amazon EC2 with your monitoring system, reach out to MetricFire. Book a demo with the MetricFire team to discuss integrating Amazon ECS and Amazon EC2 and how that can support your monitoring system.

What is Amazon ECS?

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) is a container management service that is fully managed, fast, and secure. It makes it easy for you to run, stop, and manage containers on a cluster. It should not be confused with Amazon EC2 that is used to manage the computing capacity and resources of the infrastructure used to store and run your containers. However, Amazon ECS and Amazon EC2 are often used together to manage your containers and the infrastructure they run on.

Containers are used for packaging application code, configurations, and dependencies into a single object, ensuring quick, reliable, and consistent deployments, regardless of your software environment. AWS provides a range of tools to help you register, manage, and run your application containers.

You can create task definitions that you use to run individual tasks or tasks within a service for each of your containers. AWS Fargate can run your tasks for you, or if you need more control, you can run your services or tasks on a cluster of Amazon EC2 instances.

Amazon ECS launches and stops your container-based applications by using simple API calls. You can also retrieve your cluster's state from a centralized service that gives you access to many Amazon EC2 features.

Monitoring your Amazon ECS resources is simple by using Amazon CloudWatch. The metrics you collect depend on the task launch type you use. If you use Fargate launch types for your services, then CPU and memory utilization metrics are provided to monitor your services. For the Amazon EC2 launch types, you need to monitor the EC2 instances yourself. This is where MetricFire can help you out.

With MetricFire, you can turbocharge your Amazon ECS monitoring services. By integrating Amazon CloudWatch with the MetricFire platform, you can display your metrics on aesthetically pleasing dashboards. MetricFire's advanced filtering lets you choose only the data views you want to see and discard the rest. You can also set up simple rules to discard data you no longer keep, plus receive alerts via email or Slack when your ECS service is doing something it shouldn't.

What is Amazon EC2?

Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) is a web service provided by AWS and offers users the ability to run applications on the public cloud. Users and businesses can rent virtual computers, otherwise known as "Instances", in order to provide secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. By using Amazon EC2, it eliminates the need to buy hardware upfront, so you can focus more on developing and deploying applications quicker. Amazon EC2 also allows you to launch as many (or few) virtual servers as you need, manage your storage, and configure your security and networking. To reduce your need to forecast traffic, Amazon EC2 lets you scale up or down to handle potential changes in requirements or spikes in popularity.

 

Instances are made up of different operating systems and resource configurations, including CPU processing power, memory, networking, and storage. These instances are available as a selection of pre-configured environments users can choose from. The Amazon EC2 model is arguably the deepest and broadest global cloud computing model. As AWS states, Amazon EC2 offers the "fastest processors in the cloud" and are the "only cloud with 400 Gbps ethernet networking". 

Amazon EC2 instances produce raw data and statistics on the state of its processes, performance. and health. Data is sent every 5 minutes by default, or can be configured to send every minute if detailed monitoring is enabled. This data is collected by Amazon CloudWatch, which can be integrated into the EC2 suite. It is then processed into readable, near real-time metrics. There are options in which these metrics are then displayed using easy to read graphs, and one is directly from the EC2 console. Another is to integrate Amazon CloudWatch with MetricFire.

With Metricfire, you can turbocharge your Amazon EC2 monitoring services. By integrating Amazon CloudWatch with the MetricFire platform, you can display your metrics on aesthetically pleasing dashboards. MetricFire's advanced filtering lets you choose only the data views you want to see and discard the rest. You can also set up simple rules to discard data you no longer keep, plus receive alerts via email or Slack when your block store is doing something it shouldn't.

How to integrate Amazon ECS and Amazon EC2 with your monitoring system

To integrate Amazon ECS and Amazon EC2 with your monitoring system, sign up for a free trial with MetricFire. Talk with the MetricFire team about how to integrate Amazon ECS and Amazon EC2 and get Amazon ECS and Amazon EC2 interacting with your MetricFire dashboards directly.

What is MetricFire?

MetricFire is a full-scale platform that offers infrastructure, system, and application monitoring using a suite of open-source monitoring tools. The platform allows you to use either Prometheus- or Graphite-as-a-Service and have your metrics displayed on aesthetically-pleasing Grafana dashboards. 

     

MetricFire offers its users a complete ecosystem of end-to-end infrastructure monitoring, which is made up of three of the most popular open-source monitoring software services: Prometheus, Graphite, and Grafana. As well, plugins for a number of other open-source projects are preconfigured, such as StatsD, collectd, and Kubernetes. You get all these within a hosted environment as a single product. Not only does MetricFire fit well into the infrastructure monitoring use-case, such as network monitoring and server monitoring, we also do application monitoring and business intelligence.

        

Through this hosted environment, MetricFire works to boost the unique features of the open source projects to give you more functionality than the original products. Below are some of the MetricFire features at a glance: 

Cloud and on Premise Monitoring

Hosted Prometheus

Hosted Graphite

Grafana Dashboards

        

Whether to use Prometheus or Graphite is a great question. We’ve looked deeper into this decision in our blog article, Prometheus or Graphite. While Prometheus is a newer software that has a multidimensional data structure, Graphite is robust and sufficient. The key thing to remember is that Hosted Graphite by MetricFire is more than just Graphite. Our Hosted Graphite product actually adds data dimensionality and better data storage.

       

The benefits of MetricFire are:

    

No vendor lock-ins
MetricFire allows you to request for a full export at any time, because you will always own the data you input. You get all the benefits of an open-source tool with the stability and security of a SaaS tool. 
      

Easy Budgeting
A structured pricing model allows you to save time and work within your budget. The predictability and transparent pricing allows you to keep your costs in check and plan for the future.
       

Transparency
MetricFire works transparently on all aspects of their operations of SaaS system monitoring. You can see their own internal system metrics at their public status page.
      

Robust Support
Technical support is provided by engineers for engineers, so you can expect detailed and relevant answers to your queries. 

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“As MetricFire scales effortlessly, we can push and store more metrics than we really need today but might need tomorrow. This increases our depth of understanding of the systems that we run and heads off any future problems.”
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