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Use SignalFx to monitor Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) via Amazon Web Services.


Infrastructure Page ๐Ÿ”—

  • Infrastructure Navigator: On the Infrastructure page in SignalFx, the Infrastructure Navigator visualizes EC2 instances as squares, colored by CloudWatch metrics including CPU, disk, and network. Group and filter instances by AWS metadata like availability zone or service tag in order to discover trends and correlations. Click here to read more about the Infrastructure Page.


Built-in dashboards ๐Ÿ”—

  • EC2 Instances: Overview of all data from EC2.


  • EC2 Instance: Focus on a single EC2 instance.



To access this integration, connect to CloudWatch.

By default, SignalFx will import all CloudWatch metrics that are available in your account. To retrieve metrics for a subset of available services or regions, modify the connection on the Integrations page.


Uniquely identifying EC2 instances ๐Ÿ”—

EC2 instance IDs are not guaranteed to be unique. To uniquely identify an EC2 instance, SignalFx concatenates instanceId, AWS region, and AWS account ID separated by underscores in the dimension AWSUniqueId, as follows:


EC2 metadata ๐Ÿ”—

For EC2, SignalFx will scan every instance ID from your AWS account and pull out properties of the instance and any tags set on the instance. Any dimension called โ€œHostโ€ or โ€œInstanceIdโ€ in SignalFx that matches the instance IDโ€™s value, private DNS name, or private IP address will now have the same tags and properties of the instance ID. Each instance property is prefixed with โ€œaws_โ€.

EC2 Filter Name Custom Property Description
architecture aws_architecture Instance architecture (i386 or x86_64)
availability-zone aws_availability_zone The availability zone of the instance
dns-name aws_public_dns_name Public DNS name of the instance
hypervisor aws_hypervisor Hypervisor type of the instance (ovm or xen)
image-id aws_image_id ID of the image used to launch the instance
instance-id aws_instance_id ID of the instance
instance-state-name aws_state An object defining the state code and name of the instance
instance-type aws_instance_type Type of the instance
ip-address aws_public_ip_address The address of the Elastic IP address bound to the network interface
kernel-id aws_kernel_id Kernel ID
launch-time aws_launch_time The time when the instance was launched
private-dns-name aws_private_dns_name Private DNS name of the instance
reason aws_state_reason The state reason for the instance (if provided)
region aws_region The region which the instance is running in
reservation-id aws_reservation_id ID of the instanceโ€™s reservation
root-device-type aws_root_device_type Type of root device that the instance uses

For more information about the filters, see


For more information about the metrics emitted by Amazon EC2, visit the serviceโ€™s homepage at