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Werner Vogels introduces AWS X-Ray at AWS re:invent
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels introduces AWS X-Ray at AWS re:invent

Developers who deploy applications on AWS now have a new set of tools from Amazon to help them monitor and respond to application health and issues. At the AWS re:invent conference this morning, they announces both AWS X-Ray and the AWS Personal Health Dashboard.

AWS X-Ray is a fully-managed service that allows developers to debug their distributed applications. Using trace data from applications, X-Ray creates a visual console to easily visualize key metrics and health issues in code.

XWS X-Ray service map

X-Ray captures trace data from code running on EC2 virtual machines, AWS Elastic Beanstalk and the Amazon API Gateway. It allows developers to follow thread execution by adding HTTP headers to requests.

Werner Vogels introduces AWS Personal Health Dashboard at AWS re:invent
Werner Vogels introduces AWS Personal Health Dashboard at AWS re:invent

Amazon also released the AWS Personal Health Dashboard today, a new dashboard allows developers to monitor all of their infrastructure in one place. The dashboard can provide real-time alerts and notifications and can also perform immediate responses using Lambda functions.

The Personal Health Dashboard will be a welcome change for AWS developers who have had to rely on third-party services to augment the very basic dashboard previously available from Amazon.

Amazon’s moves come shortly after Microsoft’s release of Azure Application Insights, a similar application analytics solution, which happened last month during Connect 2016.

You can learn more about AWS X-Ray in this AWS blog post. More detail on the AWS Personal Health Dashboard is here.

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