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AWS SQS Monitoring and Performance Management

AWS SQS Monitoring is a key part of Instana’s comprehensive Amazon Web Services Monitoring solution. The Simple Queue Service (AWS SQS) (link resides outside is an Amazon hosted message queueing service that provides cloud computing as a package to their cloud customers and as an individual service. In terms of API, Amazon SQS has available SDKs in a number of the most popular languages, including Java, PHP, and Ruby. The messaging service itself is distributed and guaranteed to deliver any given message composed of an unrestricted data type at least once, as well as providing authentication through the user’s AWS account. Users can delete messages using receipts sent in concert with each message log.

After deployment into a client environment, Instana will automatically map out the entire infrastructure and identify how the different technologies are interacting with one another with its Dynamic Graph back-end model.

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AWS SQS Performance and Configuration Metrics

Instana’s AWS SQS Monitoring Sensor automatically collects the specific metrics relevant to AWS SQS performance and begins collecting them immediately. As a messaging queuing service, Amazon SQS must be able to efficiently operate with both the sending and the receiving systems, which in turn depend on Amazon SQS to communicate. The entire system is managed as part of Instana’s AI Powered Application Monitoring solution.


Some of the performance metrics collected are:

  • Messages Delayed
  • Messages Invisible/Visible
  • Messages Sent

Please see Instana’s documentation page for more details.

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Managing AWS SQS Health

In addition to automatically configuring for performance metrics, Instana also automatically configures for key performance indicators of AWS SQS’ actual health in real-time. This health state will be persisted to Instana’s UI as color-coded indicators of healthy, sick, or failing. Typical KPIs of Amazon SQS health would be:

  • Message Creation Time
  • Message Retention Time
  • Visibility Timeout

Users can configure rules that define healthy bounds within which they expect Amazon SQS to operate. For example, Instana will raise an alert if Amazon SQS’ message creation time is taking longer than the stated rule calling, for example, two milliseconds.

AWS SQS 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.

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