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Setting up Monitoring Tools for Serverless Cloud Infrastructures (AWS)

By Tinu Thankachan on Nov 14, 2023 4:43 Pm Estimated reading time : 3 Mins

Server less computing has become increasingly popular in recent years, as it offers a flexible and cost-effective way to deploy applications without the need to manage servers. However, server less architectures come with unique challenges when it comes to monitoring and maintaining the health and performance of your applications. In this article, we will explore some essential monitoring tools and strategies for AWS server less environments.

Serverless Monitoring Challenges

In a traditional server-based environment, monitoring tools can be readily deployed to track server performance, resource utilization, and various other parameters. In serverless cloud infrastructures like AWS Lambda, where you don't have direct control over the underlying infrastructure, the approach to monitoring needs to be adapted. Here are some of the challenges you may encounter:

  1. Limited Server Access: Serverless means there are no servers to SSH into or install monitoring agents on.
  2. Scalability: Serverless applications automatically scale, making it difficult to predict resource requirements.
  3. Short-Lived Functions: Functions executed in serverless environments are short-lived, making real-time monitoring a necessity.

Monitoring Solutions for Serverless AWS

To address these challenges, AWS users can leverage a variety of monitoring and observability tools. Here are some of the key tools used in serverless cloud infrastructures:

  1. Application Performance Monitoring (APM):Lumigo: Lumigo is a cloud-native APM tool designed specifically for serverless applications. It provides real-time visibility into the performance of your AWS Lambda functions, helping you identify performance bottlenecks and troubleshoot issues quickly. Lumigo also offers a range of features, including tracing, error tracking, and automated insights.Site 24*7: While Site 24*7 is not a dedicated APM tool, it provides end-to-end monitoring and performance analytics for your serverless applications. It can help you track application performance, set up alerts, and create status pages for your product-based clients.
  2. Log Management:Logstash with Kibana: Logstash and Kibana can be integrated into your serverless environment to centralize and analyze logs generated by AWS Lambda functions. You can create custom dashboards and visualizations to gain insights into your application's behavior, error rates, and response times.
  3. Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Monitoring:Wazuh with ELK Stack: Wazuh, when combined with the ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana) stack, can provide SIEM capabilities for your serverless infrastructure. This combination allows you to monitor security events, detect anomalies, and respond to potential threats effectively.
  4. Status Page CreationSite 24*7: Site 24*7 is not only a monitoring tool but also a solution for creating status pages. This can be valuable for keep on informing the health and availability status of serverless applications.

Monitoring serverless cloud infrastructures on AWS requires a different approach compared to traditional server-based environments. While you can't install monitoring agents directly on servers, there are specialized tools and services like Lumigo, Logstash with Kibana, Wazuh with ELK Stack, and Site 24*7 that can help you gain insights into the performance, security, and availability of your serverless applications.

By choosing the right combination of these tools and implementing best practices for monitoring, you can ensure that your serverless applications run smoothly, provide a great user experience, and respond quickly to any issues or threats that may arise. Serverless architectures offer many benefits, and with the right monitoring strategy, you can harness their full potential while maintaining the highest level of reliability and security.

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