At its re:Invent conference this year, Amazon made a pair of announcements that should alarm cloud APM (application performance management) providers.
Two of Amazon’s new AWS offerings, AWS X-Ray and Amazon Pinpoint, provide insights into distributed and mobile applications running on Amazon. With them, Amazon may not have put a stake through the heart of third-party APM offerings, but it might well mean limbs lopped off a la Monty Python’s Black Knight.
Lifting the lid
X-Ray is arguably the bigger of the two, since it allows requests to be traced for applications as they run across various parts of AWS’s infrastructure, such as Elastic Beanstalk or Amazon API Gateway.