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Why does the Amazon Cloudwatch EC2 sensor have a minimum interval of 15 minutes?

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I believe that the basic Cloudwatch monitoring is every 5 minutes. Why can't we set the sensor interval to match that to get the most accurate data?

aws cloudwatch ec2 interval prtg

Created on Apr 25, 2018 9:59:26 PM by  Noah Sutherland (2) 1



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Hi Noah,

Actually this is because Amazon charges a small amount of money for each request. Depending on the service you're monitoring with the sensor, PRTG will send about 10 to 30 requests per scanning interval to Amazon.

This is why we decided to limit the scanning intervall of this sensor to 15 Minutes, in order to protect our users from high costs.

More information about this topic can be found here:
Costs for Running CloudWatch Sensors


Kind regards
Andreas Günther, Technical Support

Created on Apr 26, 2018 2:23:56 PM by  Andreas Günther [Paessler Support]



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Ah, thank you. I will definitely be monitoring my usage then.

Created on Apr 26, 2018 4:54:51 PM by  Noah Sutherland (2) 1



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