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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch

Well suited if:
  • Your organization is married to the AWS ecosystem
  • You tech stack is reliant on third-party services
  • You use Splunk as your log aggregator (integrates well)
  • You prefer to be proactive about health of your tech stack
Not particularly suited if:
  • You don't use AWS
  • You like to fly by the seat of your pants
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CenturyLink Cloud Application Manager

It was very good to use in small scale projects. Considering the high end projects with many instances and multi-platform architectures, it is better to test before the application is deployed. I think few of the questions can be general - who are the system users and what size is the application focussing on? How much resources are required? Will the application require any additional services?
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Pros

  • Lambda process monitoring, particularly useful when you're relying on third-party services.
  • Active monitoring RDS (set thresholds so we know before a database runs out of space)
  • Auto-requisitioning of additional resources
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  • Appfog is one of the best PAAS service providers. It has many technologies to choose from with variety of platform and databases.
  • It has good performance and capacity to withstand multiple instances for multiple users. It is highly scalable.
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Cons

  • Building cloudwatch dashboards can be cumbersome. You have to navigate through various screens to get the metrics you want to add.
  • Exporting alarm / alerting data is not available for further post-processing or analysis
  • You have to build alerts and alarms yourself. CloudWatch does not give you any recommendations, so you have to know what you're doing.
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  • Though it is good and easy for developers, it lacks operational activities and monitoring tools.
  • It is easy to deploy WAR on AppFog with its console but sometimes it can lack on the performance and feasibility.
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Alternatives Considered

I feel that CloudWatch will always remain the backbone of log analytics, events, and alarms. However, we can use other products in conjunction with it for better log analytics and monitoring. In my organization, we also ingest logs from CloudWatch to Splunk and ELK. This way we can create an index on the logs and then use them for better dashboarding. Parsing logs to create custom indexes and dashboarding is something that CloudWatch could improve. We also send text alarms and emails that can be configured using CloudWatch to support and SRE organizations as part of the monitoring of our infrastructure.
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Appfog was one of the requirements of our project since it was the fastest growing PAAS provider. Also it was easy to deploy an application with multiple options to choose for the development environment for our application. It was "ALL in ONE."
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Return on Investment

  • CloudWatch is a great tool for cloud infrastructure monitoring and alerting. Currently, there is no good alternative in AWS.
  • For an SRE organization, it has great value and ROI.
  • Just imagine that you can set 10-second or 30-second period alarms on your EC2 infrastructure and it would raise alarm for CPU or memory utilization or if the service is not responding. This kind of service is a must-have for engineering organizations.
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  • Our project was deployed with good efficiency and easily accessible.
  • The platform was much recommeded across the groups and peers.
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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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CenturyLink Cloud Application Manager

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