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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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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

Amazon CloudWatch

  • CloudWatch API allows integration into multiple monitoring solutions, such as SolarWinds Orion, Site24x7, and Grafana just to name a few we use.
  • It's cost-effective and you only pay for what you use.
  • Easy implementation, just a few lines which you can rinse and repeat when provisioning workloads from code or a few tick boxes when doing ad-hoc.
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CenturyLink Cloud Application Manager

  • 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

Amazon CloudWatch

  • Unfortunately, the CloudWatch dashboard does not provide the ability to create histograms of discrete counts. This makes it difficult to, for instance, use CloudWatch to quickly identify specific IP addresses that have a high request volume in a certain period.
  • The UX for creating a custom metric from a CloudWatch log group is somewhat confusing. Every time I need to create a new metric I find myself fumbling around the interface for a few minutes while I try to remember how to do it.
  • The alerting options for CloudWatch are not as extensive as are available with some 3rd-party services.
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CenturyLink Cloud Application Manager

  • 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

Amazon CloudWatch

We choose Amazon CloudWatch because, first, we use AWS and we need a monitoring tool. That is why we considered CloudWatch as soon as we started deploying AWS services to our company. Second, CloudWatch is a great, handy tool to monitor our services. Its strength is obvious that we can plug and monitor. Combined with our AWS services, you can build a strong cloud-native application.
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CenturyLink Cloud Application Manager

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

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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CenturyLink Cloud Application Manager

  • 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
Additional Pricing Details

CenturyLink Cloud Application Manager

General

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

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