Posted On: Jan 19, 2023

Amazon CloudWatch announces support for cross-account Metric Streams. With Metric Streams, you can create a continuous, near real-time stream of metrics to a destination of your choice. With this new capability you can include metrics that span across multiple AWS accounts within an AWS region in a single Metric Stream. This helps to reduce the number of streams needed to collect metrics for a common destination. 

Metric Streams enables you to keep your Observability tools updated with the most recent metric data from your applications running on Amazon Web Services (AWS). You can use Metric Streams to send metrics to AWS Partner solutions including Datadog, New Relic, Splunk, Dynatrace and Sumo Logic, or to your data lake on AWS, such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). Now, using cross-account Metric Streams, you can consolidate metrics from many different AWS accounts into a common destination using a single Metric Stream. With this feature, you can simplify your configuration by having a single Metric Stream in your monitoring account that sends metrics from many source accounts to a single destination and further simplifies the management experience.

Cross-Account Metric Streams is now available in commercial AWS Regions, excluding the Amazon Web Services China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and the Amazon Web Services China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. 

To get started, you first need to setup CloudWatch cross-account observability by connecting your source accounts with your monitoring account. Please refer to CloudWatch cross-account setup for the instructions. Once configuration is complete, you can login to the console using the monitoring account and navigate to the Metric Streams screen. You will see a new toggle option to enable a cross-account Metric Streams. Alternatively, you can use the CloudWatch API, AWS SDK, AWS CLI, or AWS CloudFormation to provision and configure cross-account Metric Streams. Standard CloudWatch Metric Stream pricing applies, see Amazon CloudWatch pricing page for details. To learn more about Metric Streams please refer to our documentation.