Amazon EC2

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) provides scalable computing in the AWS Cloud. Launch as many or as few virtual servers as you need, and scale up or down as capacity needs change.

Observe helps you monitor the health and activity of your EC2 instances with:

  • A dataset containing the details of individual EC2 instances, allowing you to investigate their status and attributes over time.

  • A board with at-a-glance insights, such as CPU utilization, status check failures, and network throuput.

  • Additional datasets for AWS resources related to your EC2 instances, such as security groups or attached EBS volumes.

  • Sample Monitor configurations to enable proactive alerting on changes in instance health.

These tools are available as part of the Observe AWS Integration. To use them in your workspace, contact us to model your incoming AWS data and assist with creating queries and Monitors.


To monitor the operating system or processes running on an EC2 instance (rather than the AWS information about that instance), see the Linux host monitoring Integration. The Linux Integration includes OS-level metrics like memory usage and free disk space.

View EC2 activity in Observe

The Monitoring board

To see details of your EC2 instances, go to the “EC2 Instance” dataset in Observe. Select the “Monitoring” board to view an overview of the activity and health of your EC2 instances.

Monitoring board for the EC2 Instance resource dataset. Visualizations include summary of instance types, chart of how many instances are in each availability zone, how many failed status checks, and CPU utilization per instance.

To investigate a specific instance or set of instances, filter to the ones you want to look at.

The Overview section has visualizations useful for performance and health monitoring, including:

  • State: How many instances are running vs stopped?

  • Instance type: How many instances of each type?

  • Status check failed: How many instances have failed their status checks?

The Monitoring section contains useful metrics, such as:

  • CPU utilization

  • EBS read and write throughput

  • Network throughput

Additional visualization cards on the EC2 Monitoring board. CPU utilization, EBS Read Bytes, EBS Write Bytes, Network In, Network Out. A popup shows details of a spike in EBS Read Bytes, available by hovering over a point in the chart.

EC2 Monitors

The following Monitor templates are included:

  • EC2 EBS Volume Status

  • EC2 Health Alert

To use a template, go to the list of templates on the Monitors page and select Duplicate for the one you wish to use. Make any desired configuration changes on the Create a Monitor page and save to enable it.


Contact us for assistance with installing the Observe AWS Integration, creating datasets, and customizing Monitors.