Amazon CloudWatch announces the availability of an open source collectd output plugin to simplify sending custom metrics to CloudWatch. collectd is a popular, open-source daemon that gathers system statistics for a wide variety of applications. The CloudWatch collectd plugin can be used on both AWS and non-AWS environments to gather host and application metrics such as memory and disk usage for a variety of applications such as Apache, NXGINX, MySQL, etc. The metrics gathered by collectd will be published as custom metrics to CloudWatch. These collectd metrics can then be used to set up alarms for triggering notification and auto-scaling actions or saved to dashboards for quick viewing in CloudWatch.