re:Invent: STG317 - Amazon EBS volumes and performance monitoring with Amazon CloudWatch

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This learning path has been curated to allow you to gain the knowledge and understanding required to get the most from the following re:Invent session, enabling you to understand the insights and discussions during the talk at a greater level, and prepare you to ask some great questions for the speaker(s)! 

STG317: Amazon EBS volumes and performance monitoring with Amazon CloudWatch: In this chalk talk, learn how Amazon EBS volumes and Amazon EC2 instances can help you achieve high performance, scalability, and availability for your business-critical workloads. See configurations that can help you achieve high availability, performance (IOPS), and bandwidth. Also learn how to improve the operational performance and resource optimization of Amazon EBS with Amazon CloudWatch, a monitoring and observability service built to provide you with data and actionable insights to monitor your applications, respond to system-wide performance changes, optimize resource utilization, and get a unified view of operational health. This chalk talk focuses on using CloudWatch to improve your Amazon EBS environment performance and efficiency.

As you progress through this learning path you will learn the basics of Amazon CloudWatch and Amazon EBS before the re:Invent session. After which, you will be introduced to more advanced features of Amazon CloudWatch for monitoring the performance of your resources.

Learning Objectives:

Amazon EBS:

  • Understand what EBS is and its use cases
  • Learn about the two different EBS volumes types available
  • Understand how EBS can enhance the security of your data
  • Learn how to create EBS volumes
  • Get a solid understanding of EBS Multi-Attach
  • Learn how to allow multiple instances access to the same volume
  • Understand the features and restrictions of the Multi-Attach service

Amazon CloudWatch:

  • Get a high-level understanding of Amazon CloudWatch
  • Learn about the features and use cases of the service
  • Create your own CloudWatch dashboard to monitor the items that are important to you
  • Understand how CloudWatch dashboards can be shared across accounts
  • Understand the cost structure of CloudWatch dashboards and the limitations of the service
  • Review how monitored metrics go into an ALARM state
  • Learn about the challenges of creating CloudWatch Alarms and the benefits of using machine learning in alarm management
  • Know how to create a CloudWatch Alarm using Anomaly Detection
  • Learn what types of metrics are suitable for use with Anomaly Detection
  • Create your own CloudWatch log subscription
  • Search through your log files to find bits and bobs of details that are of interest to you

Intended Audience

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Training Content

Course - Beginner - 2m
re:Invent STG317 Introduction
This course introduces this learning path which is designed to help you get the most from the re:Invent session entitled STG317: Amazon EBS volumes and performance monitoring with Amazon CloudWatch.
Course - Beginner - 11m
Introduction to Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)
This short course will introduce you to the Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) service.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h
Managing Instance Volumes Using EBS
EC2 instances can use multiple storage volumes, learn how to add and manage them using EBS.
Course - Intermediate - 20m
An Overview of Amazon CloudWatch
This course takes a high-level look at Amazon CloudWatch and some of its features and components.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h 30m
Introduction to CloudWatch
CloudWatch is a monitoring service that AWS provides. You can use it to monitor AWS resources or custom resources, inside or outside AWS.
Resource - Not defined - 5m
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Course - Intermediate - 12m
Building CloudWatch Dashboards
This course is geared towards helping you understand the value of building your own dashboards within CloudWatch, to give you unparalleled visibility into your architecture and dedicated systems.
Course - Intermediate - 38m
Amazon CloudWatch with Anomaly Detection
This course covers Amazon CloudWatch and CloudWatch Alarms using Anomaly Detection.
Course - Intermediate - 10m
Access Real-Time Log Events using CloudWatch Log Subscriptions
This course, covering Amazon Cloudwatch subscriptions covers a hidden feature within Cloudwatch, that will allow you to dive into your log files and analyze them for specific keywords.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h
Filtering Amazon CloudWatch Log Events
Learn how to use the Amazon CloudWatch Logs console to filter textual and JSON log events in this hands-on lab.
Hands-on Lab Challenge - Beginner - 50m
Amazon CloudWatch Metric Filtering Challenge
Put your Amazon CloudWatch skills to the test in this hands-on challenge lab as you are tasked with creating a metric filter and an alarm.
Course - Intermediate - 7m
Working with Amazon EBS Multi-Attach
This course discusses Multi-Attach, a feature of the Amazon Elastic Block Store which allows multiple instances to access the same volume.
Hands-on Lab Challenge - Beginner - 40m
Amazon Elastic Block Store Challenge
Put your Amazon Elastic Block Store skills to the test as you create and attach volumes in this hands-on, real-environment, challenge lab.
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Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

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