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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch

Ideal for monitoring AWS services and workloads. We have several of our websites entirely hosted on AWS and we're able to get a Grafana dashboard of all the relevant metrics from CloudFront, S3, EC2, RDS, and Elastic Beanstalk. This can be set up within the hour or templated on your code for infrastructure (we do this with terraform & cloud formation). By design, it isn't suited for non-AWS workloads.
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AppDynamics

As it pertains to monitoring database transactions, as our application relies heavily on SQL, AppDynamic's monitoring tool made an immediate impact on sorting which ones are slow. The business transactions that we can capture are limited in the sense that our application works where it can't be limited to 200, so we ended having to setup service endpoints to account for it.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Cloud Management

Amazon CloudWatch
8.4
AppDynamics
Cloud Management Security
Amazon CloudWatch
8.3
AppDynamics
Automation and Orchestration
Amazon CloudWatch
9.0
AppDynamics
Cost Management
Amazon CloudWatch
8.7
AppDynamics
Cloud Management Performance Monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
9.0
AppDynamics
Governance and Compliance
Amazon CloudWatch
7.5
AppDynamics
Resource Management
Amazon CloudWatch
9.0
AppDynamics
Systems Integration
Amazon CloudWatch
7.5
AppDynamics

Application Performance Management

Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
8.5
Application monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
8.8
Database monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
9.0
Threshold alerts
Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
9.0
Predictive capabilities
Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
7.1
Application performance management console
Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
8.7
Collaboration tools
Amazon CloudWatch
AppDynamics
8.4

Pros

Amazon CloudWatch

  • Managing log retention periods is very simple with CloudWatch, and can be configured on a per-group basis.
  • Monitoring host performance is very easy when coupled with the CloudWatch Agent on an EC2 instance. A simple installation and configuration replaces an entire 3rd-party host monitoring stack.
  • CloudWatch is flexible enough for not just host monitoring, but application monitoring as well. It's easy to pipe local logs up to CloudWatch and extract structured data in order to monitor and set alerts on custom app metrics.
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AppDynamics

  • Giving a network map of our application that shows where slowdowns are occurring and where network traffic is running into a bottleneck.
  • We are able to gather node-specific information that shows the number of sessions a web server or even Redis session statistics.
  • We use AppDynamics to give a holistic view of our application allowing us to quickly narrow in on problems.
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Cons

Amazon CloudWatch

  • Its limitation on only Amazon resources.
  • Cost is higher.
  • Lack of ability to create graphs on distinct counts and histograms which can make it hard quickly identify specific IP addresses that have a high request volume in a certain period. We have worked around this but a feature on the dashboard would be nice.
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AppDynamics

  • Price of the AppDynamics is high. But it has many valuable features. This makes it difficult for small businesses to enter.
  • Functionality is overkill for most small to midsize businesses (SMBs). When stacking up product units, it can get pricey for enterprises as well.
  • With fine granular configs and customizations available, it will also mean that it is very complicated and requires a certain amount of knowledge before we can make full use of all features in the product. Much careful thought and planning is required to get the most of it. Set-up will be longer. One recommendation is for features to be better documented.
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Likelihood to Renew

Amazon CloudWatch

No answers on this topic

AppDynamics

We are a reseller of appdynamics
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Support

Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatch 6.7
Based on 4 answers
AWS Support is great, and even besides the official support, the user community support on the web is at least as great. They give quick answers to all your questions.
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AppDynamics

AppDynamics 9.3
Based on 3 answers
AppDynamics has its own community site that includes forums and a knowledge base. On the forums, you can converse with other members of the community and ask technical questions as you have them. Though this forum isn’t filled with people there are active members for you to gain some valuable insights.
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon CloudWatch

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

New Relic is only SaaS and keys off of AppDex scoring (i.e. industry baselines) and not on my application's baselines. Where most of our stuff is custom apps, going off of industry wasn't valuable to us. It was also cost prohibitive
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Return on Investment

Amazon CloudWatch

  • CloudWatch is liked by the IT guys, in that it makes their job easier. Whether that actually is a positive ROI is debatable. It doesn't seem like it.
  • CloudWatch could have a positive ROI in the sense that IT professionals consider it an integral tool to streamline their management of IT resources.
  • Cloud is not a positive ROI in the sense that it doesn't appear to have saved any money on the personnel or software side.
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AppDynamics

  • AppDynamics isn't cheap, but it definitely helps to ensure our applications and APIs are up and running without issue. The alerting is usually good but occasionally mixed, for example sometimes flagging a single error as a critical issue since the API is usually completely error free.
  • The cost saving in terms of trouble shooting and analyzing issues in production is fantastic - to know about issues before they are reported by customers enables you to be proactive in resolving them and ensuring maximum up time for our applications.
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Pricing Details

Amazon CloudWatch

General

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

AppDynamics

General

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

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