When it comes to performance issues, it’s hard to tell where the problem lies. This is especially true when your monitoring dashboard is clearly visible, but you still hear complaints about slow applications from your users. In these cases, there is a good chance that those problems can be related to internet connection problems.
These types of problems are harder to track down because they vary widely and depend on many factors that you have almost no control over. Amazon wants to make it easier to monitor these types of issues across applications running on AWS infrastructure with a new service called Amazon CloudWorks Internet Monitor. It will announce the new service this week at AWS re:Invent.
As the name suggests, this is part of the CloudWorks monitoring tool and it looks at internet connections around the world for problem spots.
“Internet Monitor uses connection data we collect from our global network footprint to calculate a performance and availability baseline for internet traffic,” wrote Amazon’s Sébastien Stormacq. in a blog post announcing the new service.
The idea is to allow you to monitor internet connectivity issues with applications running on AWS infrastructure resources. Most of the major monitoring tools allow you to monitor many different types of network traffic, but this tool leverages the same data that AWS uses to monitor its own uptime, so there it’s probably pretty solid for those AWS-centric apps
You just create a monitor and add some internet resources and you can follow from there when you get performance complaints that you can’t pinpoint. Among other data, you may see a health score based on the quality of the connections on the resources you’ve added to your desktop.
The new service is available in public preview starting today across 20 regions. It’s free in public beta, but it’s worth noting that you may still be charged for the log data the service is collecting as part of the monitoring process.