AWS re:Invent 2018 has come and gone, and left us with 147 announcements in its wake. Some may change the industry – for example Outposts will challenge our models around hybrid cloud architectures; some are fun – such as DeepRacer (but from which we can learn a lot); and some are just unexpected – who knows what Ground Station may lead to in the satellite data space? It will be some time before we fully digest everything that happened over the past two weeks.
But I thought I’d quickly mention three less heralded announcements that are relevant to IT Operations, providing extra visibility into your AWS cloud services.
- Amazon CloudWatch Logs Insights: A pay as you go log analysis tool.
- AWS Cloud Map: A new service to map your microservice components.
- AWS X-ray has added the ability to group traces matching a filter
The Logs Insight tool has the most disruptive potential of the above. AWS customers now have the option to use native tooling for log analysis, with the option to only provide summary information to third party tools via API, rather than forwarding all log data across. Splunk already have an early version of this integration.
As most log analysis vendors charge based on a consumption model, this could mean significant reduction in costs for clients. The downside, of course, is that clients now need to decide which log data is needed in the external tool in order to provide full coverage of cloud services.
Alongside AWS, Google Cloud Platform & Microsoft Azure continue to build out their IT Operations and monitoring portfolios. More and more this means that native cloud monitoring tools will increasingly likely be seen as necessary but not sufficient components to provide end-to-end visibility of applications and services. Third party vendors will be driven to provide higher levels of functionality & cross platform integration, or they will suffer a lack of differentiation from the crowd.