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AWS Monitoring Strategies

Chad Smith

Monitoring in AWS can lead to a complicated web of resources and workflows. Maximizing coverage of availability metrics, performance indicators, and security requires knowledge of several services and integration techniques. Log monitoring presents cost, storage, and retention challenges. This course is designed to shed light on monitoring strategies in AWS to eliminate gaps in monitoring, as well as explain differences between traditional monitoring choices and those available as part of the AWS ecosystem.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • The services and features involved with monitoring applications and infrastructure in AWS
  • The cost tradeoffs for different monitoring choices
  • Implementation patterns for logfile aggregation, monitoring, storage, and retention
  • Monitoring examples using both the AWS Console and CLI

This training course is for you because...

  • You're a System Administrator
  • You're in Operations/DevOps
  • You're a Infrastructure Architect
  • You're a Security/compliance professional


  • This course is for intermediate to advanced students
  • Strong understanding of application and infrastructure monitoring concepts
  • Working knowledge of access control and service integration in AWS
  • Understanding of system architecture and logfile formats
  • Experience with the AWS console and CLI


AWS Certified SysOps Administrator (Associate) (video)

Amazon Web Services (AWS) LiveLessons (video)

Materials, downloads, or Supplemental Content needed in advance:

About your instructor

  • Chad Smith has worked in IT for 25 years, starting out as a Linux administrator, progressing through operations, network and security in various roles. He is now the Principal Cloud Architect at Brightkey.cloud. Chad brings a wealth of personal experience in cloud adoption, infrastructure design and cloud operations He holds current AWS sysops, security and architecture certifications.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Day 1

  • Foundations of monitoring – 30m
  • Monitoring in AWS overview – 30m
  • Break - 10m
  • Performance monitoring – 45m
  • Break - 10m
  • Availability monitoring – 45m
  • Q&A - 15m

Day 2

  • Log monitoring – 45m
  • Break - 10m
  • Thresholds and Alarms - 45m
  • Break - 10m
  • Access and compliance monitoring – 45m
  • Q&A/Wrap up - 15m