How do I start Amazon Web Services monitoring?

You can integrate Dynatrace with Amazon Web Services (AWS) for intelligent monitoring of services running in the Amazon Cloud. AWS integration helps you stay on top of the dynamics of your data center in the cloud.

Before you begin

What you need

  • Your Amazon Web Services account ID

  • Rights to assign role-based access to your AWS account

  • Your Amazon Access key ID and Secret access key

  • Dynatrace AWS account name: 509560245411


Amazon may charge $0.01 per 1,000 requests for CloudWatch API access after the number of requests exceeds 1 million.

After 1 million requests, Amazon will begin charging you for each request and include the cost in your AWS bill.

Dynatrace makes Amazon API requests every 5 minutes. We make one API call per metric. Here's a rough estimate of AWS monitoring costs:

AWS service Number of metrics Daily cost per instance (USD)
Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) 7 $0.02016
Elastic Block Store (EBS) 8 $0.02304
Elastic Load Balancer (ELB) 11 $0.03168
Relational Database Service (RDS) 11 $0.03168
DynamoDB 15 $0.06912
Lambda 4 $0.01152

Enable access to your Amazon account

To get the information required for comprehensive AWS cloud-computing monitoring, Dynatrace needs to identify all the virtualized infrastructure components that are in your AWS environment and collect performance metrics related to those components. We use this information to understand the context of your applications, services, and hosts. For this to happen, you need to authorize Dynatrace to access your Amazon metrics.

You can enable Dynatrace access to your AWS metrics by either defining a special role for Dynatrace or using a private access key:

Connect your Amazon account to Dynatrace

Once you determine which access approach best serves your needs (role-based or key-based access) and you've granted AWS access to Dynatrace, it's time to connect Dynatrace to your Amazon AWS account.

Go to Settings > Cloud & virtualization > AWS & VMware and click Connect new instance.

Select either the AWS (role based) or AWS (key based) tab to open the appropriate connection details form.

Once the connection is successfully verified and saved, your AWS account will be listed on the Cloud & virtualization settings page. You should soon begin to see AWS cloud monitoring data.

AWS resource tagging

Have questions about tag-based AWS monitoring? For details see How do I tag AWS resources?