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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch

It's well suited where you rely on cloud services to run mission critical applications. I think it'd be less suitable in a scenario where the information you store on your servers is what your customers expect you to manage directly.
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Datadog

DataDog is well suited for an environment that requires low-level investment on supporting infrastructure, a cloud-based approach or something that is priced at a fair enough level where you can grow the business with your footprint without sacrificing on features.
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Pros

  • Application Performance Management.
  • Error Management.
  • Utilization Management.
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  • Monitoring application performance
  • Easy to read and modify dashboards
  • Lightweight agent on machines
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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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  • Speed/performance of monitoring agents (reducing delays)
  • Easier configuration of alerts (including moving averages, etc. so that the math becomes easier)
  • Improved security (custom certificates, pinning, etc.)
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon CloudWatch stacks up against the competition pretty well. I personally like more customizable tools like Sensu and Graphite/Grafana to alert and visualize data but there are some pieces of infrastructure and some data points you just can't get without using Amazon CloudWatch. I usually use a hybrid of tools
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New Relic APM is a great application performance monitoring tool, but the agent was producing an increased load on our system compared to Datadog. Datadog also gives the flexibility of going outside of the boundaries of the application and looking at system performance as well, which can have a large impact on application performance.
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Return on Investment

  • Cheap
  • Part of AWS/Cloudformation/Terraform already.
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  • Aggregate info in a way to make quick decisions
  • It makes it easier to watch important metrics from each instance
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Pricing Details

Amazon CloudWatch

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Amazon CloudWatch Editions & Modules
Amazon CloudWatch
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Datadog

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Datadog Editions & Modules
Datadog
Edition
Free
1
Standard
$15/host2
Enterprise
Custom3
1. Up to 5 hosts
2. Up to 500 hosts
3. 500+ hosts
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