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Amazon EC2 monitoring integration

New Relic Infrastructure's integrations include an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) integration for reporting your EC2 metadata to New Relic products. This document explains the integration's features, how to activate it, and what data can be reported.


Amazon's EC2 is a central part of Amazon's cloud-computing platform. All New Relic Infrastructure users, regardless of subscription level, can use the New Relic Infrastructure agent to get a comprehensive, real-time view of their host's performance and status. New Relic's EC2 integration uses the ec2Describe* policy to add data about your EC2 instances to your standard Infrastructure data. Infrastructure also imports Amazon EC2 custom tags and adds it to your data.

You can also create custom attributes to be analyzed in New Relic.

Activate EC2 integration

To enable this integration follow standard procedures to Connect AWS services to Infrastructure.


You must install the Infrastructure agent on each EC2 host to see metrics from that host. Connecting your EC2 account allows Infrastructure to access EC2 metadata, such as region, type, and tags.

Configuration and polling

You can change the polling frequency and filter data using configuration options.

Default polling information for the Amazon EC2 integration:

  • New Relic polling interval: 5 minutes
  • Amazon CloudWatch data interval: 1 minute or 5 minutes, depending on CloudWatch plan

Use data in Infrastructure

This table describes the locations in New Relic Infrastructure where you can find and use your EC2 data:

New Relic Infrastructure UI page

You can...

System page

Examine overall resource usage by CPU, load, and memory.

Processes page

Monitor CPU, memory, and I/O read or write processes.

Network page

View bandwidth and error data to examine saturation levels, compare load balances, and identify other potential performance problems.

Storage page

Monitor the capacity and efficiency of overall utilization, disk usage, or I/O operations.

Inventory page

Review detailed configuration data by hosts, specific EC2 instances, etc.

Events page

From a live feed of changes in your environment, search for and view EC2 events.

Integrations page

Find links to several product locations where you can find and use EC2 integration data, including links to alert condition creation and viewing your data in New Relic.

Infrastructure also imports your Amazon EC2 custom tags, typically prefaced by label.<tag_key>.

For more on how to find and use integration data, see Understand integration data.

View and use data

You can query and explore your data using the ComputeSample event type, with a provider value of Ec2Instance.

The EC2 integration collects the following subset of instance metrics from AWS CloudWatch.




Reports whether the instance has passed the instance status check in a one minute period. The check result can be either 0 (passed) or 1 (failed).


Reports whether the instance has passed the system status check in a one minute period. The check result can be either 0 (passed) or 1 (failed).


Reports whether the instance has passed both the instance status check and the system status check in a one minute period. The check result can be either 0 (passed) or 1 (failed).

For more about the specific data that can be reported, see EC2 integration attributes. For complete descriptions, see the Amazon EC2 documentation.

For more help

If you need more help, check out these support and learning resources:

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