Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring: Finding Issues and Solving Problems With Amazon CloudWatch

by Joseph Brady, Director of Business Development for Treehouse Software

At Treehouse Software, we specialize in helping customers’ legacy mainframe environment continue while replicating their data – in real time and bi-directionally – to an impressive variety of newer Cloud, LUW, and Open Systems databases. However, once “in the Cloud”, customers need the same visibility and understanding of what is happening with their data as they have in their on-premises data centers.

Unlike a traditional data center, with the AWS infrastructure environment, customers pay only for what they use, and the company is charged only for resource utilization.  Users can bring up EC2 virtual Windows or Linux instances for any length of time. For example, if the mainframe database bulk loads only take an hour to complete, the tcVISION EC2 instances can be brought up for the two hours needed, and shut down when the processing is finished.  AWS EC2 instances can be dynamically stopped and restarted while retaining its data on AWS Elastic Block Storage. This way, the business pays only for what is needed and the instance sizes (CPU, memory, and I/O bandwidth) can be optimized for the required mainframe data migration, or data replication process.

AWS resources, such as EC2 instances, storage, and databases can be rapidly provisioned and de-provisioned.  The allows customers to approach the architecture with an agile mind set.

Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring Made Easy…

This blog gives a high-level overview at Amazon CloudWatch, a Cloud infrastructure monitoring service that gives developers, system operators, site reliability engineers (SRE), and IT managers actionable insights to monitor applications, understand and respond to system-wide performance changes, optimize resource utilization, and obtain a unified view of operational health.


CloudWatch collects monitoring and operational data in the form of logs, metrics, and events, providing you with a unified view of AWS resources, applications and services that run on AWS, and on-premises servers. You can use CloudWatch to set high resolution alarms, visualize logs and metrics side by side, take automated actions, troubleshoot issues, and discover insights to optimize your applications, and ensure they are running smoothly.

Some customers are satisfied with a basic monitoring that polls every five minutes, while others need more detailed monitoring and can choose polls that occur every minute.

Observing, Reporting, Alerting, and Acting

Amazon CloudWatch allows customers to record metrics for EC2 and other Amazon Cloud Services (e.g., EBS (Elastic Block Storage), S3 (Simple Service Storage), etc.) and display them in a graph on a monitoring dashboard. This provides visual notifications of what is going on, such as CPU per server, query time, number of transactions, and network usage.

Given the dynamic nature of AWS resources, proactive measures including the dynamic re-sizing of infrastructure resources can be automatically initiated. Amazon CloudWatch alarms can be sent to the customer, such as a warning that CPU usage is too high, and as a result, an auto scale trigger can be set up to launch another EC2 instance to address the load. Additionally, customers can set alarms to recover, reboot, or shut down EC2 instances if something out of the ordinary happens.

A shift from looking for failures, to finding answers…


Is your mission critical mainframe data residing on IBM Db2, IBM VSAM, IBM IMS/DB, Software AG Adabas, CA IDMS, CA Datacom, or even sequential files? Do you want to move that data to the Cloud?

Read More About tcVISION on the AWS Partner Network Blog…

Read More: AWS Partner Network (APN) Blog, “Real-Time Mainframe Data Replication to AWS with tcVISION from Treehouse Software”

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