Posted On: Mar 31, 2021

Announcing Amazon CloudWatch Metric Streams - a new feature that enables customers to create a continuous, near real-time stream of metrics to a destination of their choice.

You can use Metric Streams to send metrics to partner solutions including Datadog, New Relic, Splunk, Dynatrace and Sumo Logic. Alternatively, you can send metrics to your data lake on AWS, such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). This enables you to continuously ingest monitoring data, and combine billing and performance data with the latest CloudWatch metric data to create rich datasets. You can then use tools such as Amazon Athena to get insight into cost optimization, resource performance and resource utilization. Metric Streams are fully-managed, scalable, and easy to set up, reducing overhead.  

To get started, click on the Streams link under Metrics in the left navigation panel of the CloudWatch console. You can set up a stream of metrics to be delivered to S3 with a few clicks. Alternatively, you can use the CloudWatch API, AWS SDK, AWS CLI, or AWS CloudFormation to provision and configure Metric Streams. You can also use AWS CloudFormation templates provided by third party service providers to setup Metric Streams to destinations outside AWS. Metric Streams supports OpenTelemetry and JSON output formats.  

Metric Streams are now available in all commercial AWS Regions, excluding the AWS China (Beijing) Region and the AWS China (Ningxia) Region. To learn more about Metric Streams pricing, refer to the Amazon CloudWatch pricing page. To learn more about Metric Streams, please refer to our documentation.