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CloudCheckr

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Amazon CloudWatch

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CloudCheckr

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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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CloudCheckr

CloudCheckr is well-suited for all scenarios if it works properly. However, I have experienced a steady stream of critical issues that impact the abilities of my customers and my team to leverage the platform. When the platform is working properly, the reports give layers of visibility into an organization's cloud costs and structure, and the functionality meet business and security needs while offloading the effort to build and maintain such monitors and automated notifications.
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Pros

  • Monitor
  • Alert
  • Visibility
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  • CloudCheckr best practice reports aggregate a decade of industry cloud computing lessons learned and apply them to a customer's environment so that they can secure and optimize their infrastructure.
  • CloudCheckr custom reports allow for custom invoicing capabilities for a reseller as well as tailored reporting for a customer. Being able to host both in the same platform means that customers can align their invoices with the billing information at their fingertips.
  • CloudCheckr alerts allow a customer to set up notifications for cost or security events without writing any code.
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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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  • CloudCheckr features have a tendency to break without warning. Functionality in place for months could suddenly stop working.
  • CloudCheckr support often delays work on support tickets for fixing broken application functionality.
  • The CloudCheckr platform and documentation website often crash or experience performance degradation.
  • CloudCheckr cost reporting is often impacted by faulty code or broken report functionality. This can contribute to a low level of confidence in CloudCheckr's ability to deliver accurate cost reporting.
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Alternatives Considered

We found that CloudWatch provides great value in terms of cost and maintenance time. It is cheap and requires virtually 0 upkeep. Of the other solutions we evaluated, Loggly and New Relic get quite expensive when you reach the volume of log data that we are processing even though in terms of set up and maintenance effort they are on par with CloudWatch. As dedicated log aggregation (Loggly) and application monitoring (New Relic) solutions, they do offer great features that are not exactly easy to replicate with CloudWatch, but we found that CloudWatch does more than enough to meet our needs. PaperTrail is also a relatively cheap option but has a very limited feature set. Finally, we have successfully used Graylog as part of a log aggregation stack (in tandem with fluentd and elasticsearch), and the dashboards you can create with this combination are simply spectacular. Unfortunately, even though the cost if self-hosting is relatively cheap, we found that maintaining that stack was difficult without having a dedicated engineer for it.
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Cloudability boasts great visualizations but lacks the ability to customize reports and does not address any aspects of cloud management other than cost. CloudHealth is a viable competitor to CloudCheckr. CloudHealth does not have the breadth of reporting capabilities but provides the depth into what it supports and is consistently adding support for more. CloudHealth also appears to perform better and have better uptime than CloudCheckr.
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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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  • CloudCheckr has allowed us to increase resell margins as an MSP.
  • CloudCheckr has made us aware of cost savings opportunities that exceed the price of the platform itself.
  • CloudCheckr has given us additional visibility that has allowed us to manage and understand cloud computing costs.
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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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CloudCheckr

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