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AppDynamics

40 Ratings

Amazon CloudWatch

44 Ratings
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AppDynamics

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Score 7.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch

It is well suited for organizations already using a number of Amazon services, as most of these will integrate very nicely with CloudWatch. If you have detailed log retention requirements, it's quite nice as well since they make it easy to configure retention and export data to S3. The tooling for metric filters and dashboards are very customizable and sufficient for general monitoring but the UX is not the most friendly. If your organization spends a lot of time on business intelligence and performance tracking, you may want to consider a more targeted 3rd-party service.
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AppDynamics

We had slowness, but didn't know where. We quickly would find out if it was the network, database, app server, webserver, or otherwise. They don't like me saying this, but it's a great "finger-pointer".
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
8.3
Application monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
9.3
Database monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
7.3
Threshold alerts
Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
8.9
Predictive capabilities
Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
7.4
Application performance management console
Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
8.3
Collaboration tools
Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
8.4

Pros

  • The ability to create dashboards off of metrics
  • Setting alarms when things go wrong so we get alerts
  • Its integrations with other AWS products.
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  • Integration with multiple frameworks (Java, NodeJS, .NET, etc). Good database monitoring tool as well as end-user and synthetic user monitoring tool.
  • Works great for on-premise and is always maturing and keeping up with industry trends.
  • It's been in Garter's Leader Quad for years now.
  • Very intuitive web UI and IT, Mgmt, QA, Devs, and Ops could easily use it.
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Cons

  • If you have to ever dig manually through logs to try to find something it can be a little overwhelming. The user interface could use some work
  • I would like the ability to create more customizable dashboards.
  • The way log streams are used feels very counterintuitive.
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  • Functionality on certain features such as reporting.
  • Features on alerts that are out of the box.
  • Lack of documentation regarding upgrades and new features.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Alternatives Considered

Amazon CloudWatch stacks up against the competition pretty well. I personally like more customizable tools like Sensu and Graphite/Grafana to alert and visualize data but there are some pieces of infrastructure and some data points you just can't get without using Amazon CloudWatch. I usually use a hybrid of tools
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I didnt like any of the functionality or the layout this application provided. I saw the growth with AppDynamics and the possible potential mainly because we have visibility to the actual application code. This is one of the best options by far to ensure the vendor fixes bugs in the code.
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Return on Investment

  • Very positive ROI, we are able to pre-empt production issues via alerting
  • CloudWatch is low cost and allows us to get enterprise level monitoring
  • CloudWatch allows us to get visibility into all of our workloads and see how traffic is increasing or decreasing and make product level decisions
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  • Ensures that less buggy code is put into production
  • Quickly finds issues
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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