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CA APM

8 Ratings

Amazon CloudWatch

44 Ratings
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Score 7.9 out of 101

CA APM

8 Ratings
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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch

If you're just starting out with smaller applications in the AWS cloud, then AWS cloudwatch is the right tool. When your company starts growing, along with your software becoming more mature, you may end up piping your logs to another system in order to do more analytics on it and gather better insights
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CA APM

We use APM for application-specific monitoring, initially our high priority apps that are used most heavily. The product is flexible and customizable to set up specific monitoring on each application and alert criteria/thresholds. We have used other tools and considered alternatives, but APM shines in this area.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

Amazon CloudWatch
CA APM
8.0
Application monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
CA APM
8.6
Database monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
CA APM
9.0
Threshold alerts
Amazon CloudWatch
CA APM
8.9
Predictive capabilities
Amazon CloudWatch
CA APM
7.6
Application performance management console
Amazon CloudWatch
CA APM
7.9
Collaboration tools
Amazon CloudWatch
CA APM
8.0
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
Amazon CloudWatch
CA APM
6.6
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
Amazon CloudWatch
CA APM
7.3
Virtualization monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
CA APM
7.3
Server availability and performance monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
CA APM
9.0
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
Amazon CloudWatch
CA APM
7.6

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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  • CA APM supports .Net and Java applications which are the strong areas of CA APM. It does very well in banking solutions where we are able to meet our business requirements.
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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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  • We are facing challenges to meet RFP requirements in few areas where I would recommend CA to improve.
  • We are facing challenges for non (java and dotnet application) which CA APM does not support. SAP is another solution where CA APM is not able to address our business requirement.
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Alternatives Considered

Ultimately because we are in the AWS cloud we need a tool to report, alert, and hold our logs in AWS, and AWS cloudwatch has great integrations with all existing AWS products. There are some UX quirks and I wish the dashboarding tools could stack up against some of the competitors we have evaluated however we can never not use cloudwatch as long as we are in the AWS cloud.
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We used Dynatrace for years and got very little value out of the product. The sales staff sold the product and disappeared and the technical staff provided little value to actually help us get value from the product. We moved to CA because it was less expensive and met our needs. We have been happy with the sales and technical support
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Return on Investment

  • It saves time pouring through log files, providing us non-engineers with a nice clean, intuitive interface
  • It helps us maximize "up-time" by allowing us to stay ahead of third-party service downtime
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  • Based on my current project experience, I would say ROI is okay and not as per my expectations as it has not been able to meet the complete business requirements.
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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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CA APM

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