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This time we talk about CloudWatch alarms! 🚨

34. How to get the most out of CloudWatch Alarms?

CloudWatch is a great service for metrics. You get tons of metrics out of the box and you can also create your custom ones. One of the most important things you can do with metrics is to create alarms, so how do we get the most out of CloudWatch alarms?
In this episode we share our insights and cover the different types of alarms that exist, how to create an alarm, what to do when an alarm is triggered, a few examples of useful alarms and some of the drawbacks of CloudWatch alarms and how to overcome them.

⏱ Timing:

00:00 Intro
00:50 Different types of Alarms (standard and composite)
01:40 How to create an alarm
03:39 Some examples and use cases for CloudWatch Alarms
05:00 States of an alarm
06:45 How to get notified (Email, custom integrations with Lambda, chat bots)
09:34 What to do once an alarm fires?
12:04 Example use cases for composite alarms
14:27 Cross accounts alarms
15:43 Other use cases and examples for alarms (Alarms based on business metrics, Reactive vs Proactive alarms, Anomaly based alarms, Asynchronous computation)
22:00 Drawbacks of CloudWatch alarms
23:25 SLIC Watch for automatically provisioning alarms with Serverless framework projects
24:30 CloudWatch alarms costs
25:45 Outro

In this episode, we mentioned the following resources:
- Our previous episode on CloudWatch metrics:
- SLIC Watch, a serverless framework plugin that generates sensible alarms and dashboard automatically:

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