Posted On: Jul 10, 2014

You can now use Amazon CloudWatch to monitor and troubleshoot your systems and applications using your existing system, application, and custom log files. You can send your existing log files to CloudWatch Logs and monitor these logs in near real-time.

CloudWatch Logs can be used to monitor your logs for specific phrases, values, or patterns. For example, you could set an alarm on the number of errors that occur in your system logs or view graphs of web request latencies from your application logs. You can view the original log data to see the source of the problem if needed. Log data can be stored and accessed for as long as you need using highly durable, low-cost storage so you don’t have to worry about filling up hard drives.

CloudWatch Logs includes an installable agent for Ubuntu, Amazon Linux, and Windows at no additional charge. You can use the agent to quickly and easily send your logs to CloudWatch. The CloudWatch Logs Agent can be installed using CloudFormation, Chef, EC2 User Data or through direct command-line setup.

Get started or learn more about how CloudWatch Logs can help you better understand and operate your systems and applications: