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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch

It's well suited where you rely on cloud services to run mission critical applications. I think it'd be less suitable in a scenario where the information you store on your servers is what your customers expect you to manage directly.
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AppDynamics

We execute various types of performance testing such as load testing, stress testing, endurance testing, and spike testing on the daily basis in various environments. It was tough to detect and monitor the performance issues for each type of performance testing, but using AppDynamics, it is possible to create a trend in bottleneck detection. When the performance testing projects integrated with CI/CD pipeline, then the AppDynamics plugin helps a lot. for example, if there is a performance degradation, it allows the job to be failed.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
7.9
Application monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
8.0
Database monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
7.5
Threshold alerts
Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
8.4
Predictive capabilities
Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
7.0
Application performance management console
Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
8.3
Collaboration tools
Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
8.0

Pros

  • Integration with other AWS products is CloudWatch's greatest feature. CloudWatch logs and metrics are provided out-of-the-box for ECS, Lambda, Sagemaker, and most other AWS products. Log aggregation and instrumentation are difficult to configure and manage; it is great to defer that work to AWS.
  • Configuring log retention policies is simple with AWS. If your business is required to retain logs for years, being able to automatically move old logs to S3 IA or Glacier with a few clicks is convenient.
  • Configuring alerts from metrics is simple, and it is easy to integrate alerts with PagerDuty or email.
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  • It provides a break down of trends based on a baseline. This gives you an idea on how the application is performing.
  • The ability to drill down and look at the application code is extremely helpful.
  • The application has the ability create its own baseline, which by far is one of the best features.
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Cons

  • The interface is clunky.
  • The context sensitive help could be written more clearly.
  • I wish there were more options for arranging the dashboard interface to my specific needs.
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  • Set up can take a long time
  • Cost model is mostly suitable for enterprise grade companies not indie developers
  • Could support more languages
  • Dashboard can be hard to understand without training
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Alternatives Considered

I can only speak to how it's positively benefited my organization. The problem was that hosting in-house servers is no longer a cost-effective solution vs. containerization in the cloud. But once you rely on hosting servers in the cloud you need a tool to manage every aspect of that including log monitoring, resource utilization, and application performance. Amazon CloudWatch is exactly the tool you need.
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AppDynamics automatically discovers and monitors every dependency and business transaction out of the box (no manual instrumentation required). AppDynamics proprietary Dynamic Baselining takes the seasonality of your application into account and proactively alerts you on every slow transaction (not just the slowest) and does not require the disabling of monitoring functionality as a compromise to limit overhead. AppDynamics allows you to isolate and resolve issues all from one tightly integrated platform rather than stitched together products.
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Return on Investment

  • Looking at logs is necessary for software development.
  • Cloudwatch provides what our users need to get the job done
  • It won't directly affect the bottom line but less time spent on support issues means less wasted money.
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  • Automate and remediate app issues
  • Clients visibility of business transactions
  • Visibility of server health
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Pricing Details

Amazon CloudWatch

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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AppDynamics

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details