Monitoring is a critical activity in any IT environment. The ability to understand when key operating components fall into error states allows IT staffers to immediately take action, thus increasing availability and improving the bottom line. As organizations grow, they often buy disparate monitoring tools for different parts of the environment. However, there are monitoring frameworks out there, such as System Center 2012 Operations Manager, that provide organizations with a single monitoring core that can be expanded through the use of expansion packs. In the case of Operations Manager, these are called Management Packs.
There are management packs available for Operations Manager than provide for monitoring of both physical and virtual elements. Companies can also make available management packs for sale. For example, Veeam sells a management pack that provides full monitoring of your vSphere environment.
As more organizations use cloud services to meet business needs, the ability to monitor those services becomes necessary. To that end, Amazon recently released their AWS Management Pack, which enables monitoring for the following services:
- Amazon EC2 instances (Microsoft Windows and Linux)
- Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes
- Elastic Load Balancing
- AWS CloudFormation stacks
- AWS Beanstalk applications
All the default Amazon CloudWatch metrics for these resources—and any Amazon CloudWatch alarms associated with them—are surfaced as performance counters and alerts in Operations Manager.
Amazon’s management pack works with both Operations Manager 2012 as well as Operations Manager 2007 R2 ad has the ability to monitor AWS-based services across regions.
For more information or to download the AWS Management Pack, visit here.