Host and Infrastructure Monitoring

Infrastructure monitoring is a vital part of infrastructure management, which involves managing the equipment, policies, processes, and other resources that affect an organization’s IT foundation. Two primary management goals are minimizing downtime and increasing efficiency. To accomplish this, IT teams need to collect and analyze data from each component.

Several options are available for host and infrastructure monitoring which can be used concurrently or individually. The host agent gathers system metrics and also supports a variety of infrastructure monitoring integrations. AppOptics can also gather infrastructure metrics directly from AWS CloudWatch.


The Infrastructure tab in AppOptics provides a list of all hosts and containers that are tracked by the host agent or the integrations. You can filter and group the list using tags. If you group on a tag, the list will collapse, grouping the hosts or containers by the tag value. Clicking on a list item will open a side panel with detailed information such as key metrics, tags, and what agents and plugins are used. At the bottom of the panel there are two buttons that allow you to view host logs in either Papertrail or Loggly. Please refer to the Integrations section to learn how to set up those integrations.


Another very effective way of displaying your hosts and containers is to use the Map view. Each host or container is represented by a box that you can fill with a color that is driven a metric of your choice. By default, the box hue is driven by CPU utlization. If you click on the color button, you can not only change the color but also set thresholds. That way you can highlight for example if your CPU utilization is reaching a dangerous level.


Hovering over a box will show a tool tip with the name and the metric value. If you click on the box, it will open the side panel, just like in the list view.

To learn more about infrastructure monitoring and how to set it up, please continue with any of the following articles: