Amazon CloudWatch Now Includes Contributor Insights - in Preview

Posted on: Nov 25, 2019

Amazon CloudWatch Contributor Insights, now available in preview, analyzes time-series data to provide a view of the top contributors influencing system performance. Once set up, Contributor Insights runs continuously without needing additional user intervention. This helps developers and operators more quickly isolate, diagnose, and remediate issues during an operational event.  

Contributor Insights helps you understand who or what is impacting your system and application performance by pinpointing outliers, finding the heaviest traffic patterns, and ranking the top system processes. You can create Contributor Insights rules to evaluate patterns in structured log events as they are sent to CloudWatch Logs, including logs from AWS services like AWS CloudTrail, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, Amazon API Gateway, and any custom logs sent by your service or on-premises servers, such as Apache access logs. Contributor Insights will evaluate these log events in real-time and display reports that show the top contributors and number of unique contributors in a dataset. A contributor is an aggregate metric based on dimensions contained as log fields in CloudWatch Logs, such as account-id or interface-id in VPC Flow Logs, or any other custom set of dimensions. You can sort and filter contributor data based on your own custom criteria. Contributor Insights report data can be displayed on CloudWatch dashboards, graphed alongside CloudWatch metrics, and added to CloudWatch alarms. 

It is easy to get started with Contributor Insights. In the CloudWatch console, go to Contributor Insights in the navigation pane to create an Contributor Insights rule. You can also enable Contributor Insights using the AWS CLI, AWS SDKs, or AWS CloudFormation templates. Contributor Insights is available in all commercial AWS Regions. To learn more, please visit the documentation on CloudWatch Contributor Insights and the CloudWatch pricing pages