Amazon EC2 + SignalFx Integration

SignalFx’s lightweight collectd agent is a valuable source of additional metrics for Amazon EC2 monitoring. It offers a variety of plugins that can track memory usage, page faults, CPU steal time, disk space, process statistics, and other data points as time series, well beyond what you’d get from CloudWatch or other monitoring tools.

By visualizing the data in multiple ways and combining time series as derived metrics with SignalFx, you can pinpoint the data streams that matter most and set dynamic alert thresholds from the built-in list of recommended detectors.