Amazon CloudWatch

44 Ratings
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Score 7.9 out of 101

Dynatrace Application Monitoring

30 Ratings
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Score 9.2 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Dynatrace Application Monitoring

  • Well suited to complex environments with high level of application dependencies.
  • Perhaps not so well suited to monolithic legacy applications.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Application Monitoring
7.6
Application monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Application Monitoring
8.4
Database monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Application Monitoring
7.7
Threshold alerts
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Application Monitoring
8.2
Predictive capabilities
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Application Monitoring
7.1
Application performance management console
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Application Monitoring
7.6
Collaboration tools
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Application Monitoring
6.9
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Application Monitoring
6.7
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Application Monitoring
7.7
Virtualization monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Application Monitoring
7.3
Server availability and performance monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Application Monitoring
8.0
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Application Monitoring
7.9
IT Asset Discovery
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Application Monitoring
7.3

Pros

  • Managing log retention periods is very simple with CloudWatch, and can be configured on a per-group basis.
  • Monitoring host performance is very easy when coupled with the CloudWatch Agent on an EC2 instance. A simple installation and configuration replaces an entire 3rd-party host monitoring stack.
  • CloudWatch is flexible enough for not just host monitoring, but application monitoring as well. It's easy to pipe local logs up to CloudWatch and extract structured data in order to monitor and set alerts on custom app metrics.
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  • Mapping the application stack dependancies using the smartscape view
  • Alerting of problems
  • Root Cause analysis with Purepath
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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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  • Log correlation and aggregation
  • Rich mobile application for smart phones and tablets
  • Cloud deployment of OneAgent
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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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Dynatrace application monitoring is more efficient for E2E analysis in telco context.
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Return on Investment

  • Looking at logs is necessary for software development.
  • Cloudwatch provides what our users need to get the job done
  • It won't directly affect the bottom line but less time spent on support issues means less wasted money.
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  • ROI
  • Improved LDS
  • KPI
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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

Dynatrace Application Monitoring

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