AWS_ELB_w-01 AWS ELB Monitoring

AWS ELB Monitoring and Performance Management

Amazon’s Elastic Load Balancing ( AWS ELB ) solution is the most commonly used load balancer for applications and services deployed into AWS on platforms like EC2, Beanstalk, AWS ECS and many others. Instana offers AWS ELB Monitoring as a standard part of our Application and Infrastructure Monitoring solutions, providing service and application insight for application environments that include the popular load balancer.

To help optimize application performance and further automate performance management workflows, Instana’s automatic AWS ELB Monitoring goes beyond simple metrics to provide comprehensive management and monitoring features:

  • Automatic discovery of AWS Elastic Load Balancing configurations and the infrastructure components they connect to
  • Mapping and visualization of load balancers and Service dependencies
  • End-to-end tracing of requests through ELB and across all services
  • Service and Application health monitoring

Comprehensive AWS ELB Monitoring requires performance visibility for the load balancer service, request and connection metrics and any applications and services fronted by the AWS ELB service.

Instana is the quickest and easiest way to monitor AWS ELB across the stack to deliver comprehensive application insights. The Instana agent automatically discovers all AWS ELB configurations, deploys the necessary monitoring sensors and begins tracing applications and requests. Instana also automatically determines the health of AWS ELB.

Monitoring AWS ELB Performance

Instana AWS ELB Monitoring Once deployed, the Instana Agent automatically identifies all AWS ELB configurations – then automatically deploys and configures Instana’s AWS ELB Monitoring sensor. Instana’s curated knowledge base already knows what performance metrics are relevant for collection and how to collect them. To monitor AWS Elastic Load Balancing and application or services health, additional metrics are also collected. Since Instana’s automatic configuration collects all relevant information, monitoring AWS ELB instances couldn’t be easier.

To determine overall service health, the Instana AWS ELB Monitoring sensor also collects KPIs on the monitored AWS environment to determine its health status.

Leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) and health signatures from a curated knowledge base, Instana automatically detects issues with individual load balancer configurations and backing applications or services and files service incidents. Based on severity, Instana automates incident escalation and root cause identification, helping you solve issues before users are impacted.

AWS ELB Configuration Monitoring

In addition to performance and health data, Instana’s AWS ELB Monitoring sensor also collects configuration data, allowing Instana to analyze and correlate configuration data and changes with application and service performance information.

All performance and configuration information is summarized in a single AWS ELB Monitoring Dashboard, showing all relevant information in a single place for easy problem-solving and performance optimization.

AWS Elastic Load Balancing performance monitoring centers around service metrics and their interactions with other services or data stores. Instana automatically identifies and collects the relevant service metrics.

AWS ELB Monitoring Data

Instana ELB Monitoring includes three types of data; Configuration Data, Performance Data and Health Signatures:

Configuration Data Performance Data Health Signatures
Name Application Connection Count Client TLS Negotiation Error Count
Type Consumed LCUs HTTP Redirect URL Limit Exceeded Count
ARN HTTP Fixed Response Count HTTP Code ELB 3XX Count
Status HTTP Redirect Count HTTP Code ELB 4XX Count
DNS name IPv6 Processed Bytes HTTP Code ELB 5XX Count
Hosted Zone IPv6 Request Count Rejected Connection Count
Scheme New Connection Count Healthy Host Count
Creation Time Processed Bytes Target Connection Error Count
VPC Request Count Target TLS Negotiation Error Count
IP Address Type Rule Evaluations Unhealthy Host Count
AWS Grouping Zone HTTP Code Target 2XX Count  
  HTTP Code Target 3XX Count  
  HTTP Code Target 4XX Count  
  HTTP Code Target 5XX Count  
  Request Count Per Target  
  Target Response Time  


Further information on the different sensor information is available in the Instana AWS ELB Management Documentation .

AWS ELB Sensor Installation: Getting Started

Ready to start? You’ll need an Instana Trial or Account first. Already got one? The best place to begin is Instana’s Getting Started Guide .