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Score 7.6 out of 100
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Score 8.7 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Workload Automation

    7.0

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    70%

    Amazon CloudWatch

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    ActiveBatch Workload Automation ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Multi-platform scheduling

    5.9
    59%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Central monitoring

    6.7
    67%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Logging

    7.9
    79%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Alerts and notifications

    6.7
    67%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Analysis and visualization

    8.9
    89%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Application integration

    5.9
    59%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Amazon CloudWatch is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    6.6

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    66%
    11 Ratings
    8.8

    Amazon CloudWatch

    88%
    40 Ratings

    Usability

    7.8

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    78%
    3 Ratings

    Amazon CloudWatch

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    4.0

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    40%
    2 Ratings
    8.1

    Amazon CloudWatch

    81%
    14 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.

    I can only speak for our environment, but it has allowed us to get away from the unfriendly Informatica PowerCenter workflow schedule. And coordination of Informatica/Tableau/ICEDQ has been a BIG help to us. We have not tried to drill down to the Informatica session-level of detail, just stayed with running workflows. The session-level logic seemed complicated.
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    Amazon AWS

    Cloud watch is great and essential if you decide to invest in AWS and have any need to monitor the health of all aspects of your VPC resources, or at the organizational level (multiple accounts). Another benefit of the service is constant upgrades at no additional costs; the software evolves to develop modules and interface improvements. For first-time users in AWS, this is going to take a bit to understand, so the learning curve to this metrics environment can seem overwhelming at first glance/use.
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    Pros

    Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.

    • File management - moving, archiving, and folder cleanup are a drag-and-drop breeze. The visual representation of file management steps includes date/time filtering, file/folder/both specification, and recursion all in an easy and intuitive unit.
    • FTP/SFTP/FTPS - while one must still write the FTP scripts, the interface simplifies much of the infrastructure, allowing the developer to encapsulate the script text in a graphical package that is easy and intuitive.
    • PowerShell integration - for anything that isn't easy in ActiveBatch's GUI, simply drop in a PowerShell step and write the task in PoSh - anything returned from PoSh can then be used by the following steps.
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    Amazon AWS

    • It provides lot many out of the box dashboard to observe the health and usage of your cloud deployments. Few examples are CPU usage, Disk read/write, Network in/out etc.
    • It is possible to stream CloudWatch log data to Amazon Elasticsearch to process them almost real time.
    • If you have setup your code pipeline and wants to see the status, CloudWatch really helps. It can trigger lambda function when certain cloudWatch event happens and lambda can store the data to S3 or Athena which Quicksight can represent.
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    Cons

    Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.

    • While I like being able to reuse scheduling objects and the like, more work needs to be done to help one not reinvent the same scheduling object without realizing it and to then find scheduling objects that have similar schedules even if they are worded slightly differently than what I'm expecting. It needs to be "smarter". It was easy to accumulate a pool of scheduling objects that while named differently, had exactly the same schedule. It was also hard to sift through to find the little differences between similarly named scheduling objects.
    • The logger had a clean enough interface but it could be more legible and offer contextual help to describe the messages one is reading. I remember trying to read black text on a medium gray background with Courier size 10-11 font. Not so easy to read quickly and to parse through the relevant parts. I think some selective color coding would be good and links to message definitions or any form of further information would be nice. Maybe the ability to export the log file to various formats would also be helpful.
    • I don't remember a dashboard that at a glance on the top level would highlight what jobs failed completely and which jobs might have warnings or non-critical errors. I got emails because I defined to get them. Maybe again if there was a way to color-code the type of error would be good nice-to-have.
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    Amazon AWS

    • Memory metrics on EC2 are not available on CloudWatch. Depending on workloads if we need visibility on memory metrics we use Solarwinds Orion with the agent installed. For scalable workloads, this involves customization of images being used.
    • Visualization out of the box. But this can easily be addressed with other solutions such as Grafana.
    • By design, this is only used for AWS workloads so depending on your environment cannot be used as an all in one solution for your monitoring.
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    Pricing Details

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      Optional

      Additional Details

      Amazon CloudWatch

      Starting Price

      $0.0,012 per canary run

      Editions & Modules

      Amazon CloudWatch editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      First 10,000 Metrics$0.301
      Next 240,000 Metrics$0.102
      Next 750,000 Metrics$0.053
      Over 1,000,000 Metrics$0.024
      Dashboard$3.005
      Alarm - Standard Resolution (60 Sec)$0.106
      Alarm - High Resolution (10 Sec)$0.307
      Alarm - Composite$0.508
      Logs - Collect (Data Ingestion)$0.509
      Logs - Store (Archival)$0.0310
      Logs - Analyze (Logs Insights queries)$0.00511
      Events - Custom$1.0012
      Events - Cross-account$1.0013
      Contributor Insights$0.5014
      Contributor Insights - Matched Log Events$0.0215
      Canaries$0.001216
      CloudWatch Evidently - Events$517
      CloudWatch Evidently - Analysis Units$7.5018
      CloudWatch RUM$119

      Footnotes

      1. per month
      2. per month
      3. per month
      4. per month
      5. per month per dashboard
      6. per month per alarm metric
      7. per month per alarm metric
      8. per month per alarm
      9. per GB
      10. per GB
      11. per GB of data scanned
      12. per million events
      13. per million events
      14. per month per rule
      15. per month per one million log events that match the rule
      16. per canary run
      17. per 1 million events
      18. per 1 million analysis units
      19. per 100k events

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      With Amazon CloudWatch, there is no up-front commitment or minimum fee; you simply pay for what you use. You will be charged at the end of the month for your usage.

      Usability

      Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.

      ActiveBatch's usability is where it shines. It is pretty straight-forward to learn and administer. Our engineers like it because you can use a GUI to manage it or leverage the command line & api's. You can also create templates or clone existing "jobs" so you don't have to recreate the wheel. It is easy to chain jobs together to make them run in a specific sequence as well.
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      Amazon AWS

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.

      We have been pretty happy with ActiveBatch support so far. Luckily, we have not had any major issues with it - so we haven't logged a lot of support tickets. The response time to tickets is about average and the level of expertise of the support engineers seems about average as well. Our sales team has been helpful in getting faster responses when necessary as well.
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      Amazon AWS

      Support is effective, and we were able to get any problems that we couldn't get solved through community discussion forums solved for us by the AWS support team. For example, we were assisted in one instance where we were not sure about the best metrics to use in order to optimize an auto-scaling group on EC2. The support team was able to look at our metrics and give a useful recommendation on which metrics to use.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.

      We looked at several other workload automation solutions and hands down we all looked at each other after seeing the demo and we all understood the genius of the application. To be honest we were all stunned and talked about it for weeks afterward. It didn't even compare to the other platforms we had demos of. We knew instinctively that this was the one.
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      Amazon AWS

      Amazon CloudWatch is efficient, reliable and has a high speed response as compared to its competitors and it maximizes an application's life at the same time giving you the best load balance and storage, the services that Amazon CloudWatch provides are way better and cheaper for the prices attached to them.
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      Return on Investment

      Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.

      • ActiveBatch [Workload Automation] has increased our nightly processing stability exponentially. Our prior automation software was unreliable and often failed without explanation. Since moving to ActiveBatch [Workload Automation] we have had incredible stability, and any nightly processing errors that happen now are attributed to a cause other than automation. It's the most reliable software we currently use at our company.
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      Amazon AWS

      • We were able to set up log streaming, retention, and simple downtime alerts within a few hours, having no prior experience with CloudWatch, freeing up our engineers to focus on more important business goals.
      • CloudWatch log groups have made it relatively easy to detect and diagnose issues in production by allowing us to aggregate logs across servers, correlate failures, isolate misbehaving servers, etc. Thanks to CloudWatch, we are generally able to identify, understand and mitigate most production fires within 10-15 minutes.
      • Choosing CloudWatch to manage log aggregation has saved us quite a bit of time and money over the past year. Generally, 3rd-party log aggregation solutions tend to get quite expensive unless you self-host, in which case you typically need to spend a fair amount of time setting up, maintaining, and monitoring these services.
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