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Amazon CloudWatch

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Score 8.5 out of 101
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Score 8.9 out of 101

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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Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring

It adapts very well and automatically to essentially departmental applications, but with some difficulties in 'unpacking' with applications residing on the legacy host mainframe. Manages to build 90% of the reporting and dashboards completely automatically. Analyzes network traffic with a connector that recognizes, hops and correlates response times. It is very reliable.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Cloud Management

Amazon CloudWatch
8.4
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
Cloud Management Security
Amazon CloudWatch
8.3
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
Automation and Orchestration
Amazon CloudWatch
9.0
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
Cost Management
Amazon CloudWatch
8.7
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
Cloud Management Performance Monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
9.0
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
Governance and Compliance
Amazon CloudWatch
7.5
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
Resource Management
Amazon CloudWatch
9.0
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
Systems Integration
Amazon CloudWatch
7.5
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring

Pros

Amazon CloudWatch

  • 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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Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring

  • Global coverage
  • Ease of use
  • Integration with other Dynatrace Products
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Cons

Amazon CloudWatch

  • Its limitation on only Amazon resources.
  • Cost is higher.
  • Lack of ability to create graphs on distinct counts and histograms which can make it hard quickly identify specific IP addresses that have a high request volume in a certain period. We have worked around this but a feature on the dashboard would be nice.
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Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring

  • Poor and sometimes insufficient documentation
  • Very rigid and expensive architecture for scalability
  • Cost of licenses
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Support

Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatch 6.7
Based on 4 answers
AWS Support is great, and even besides the official support, the user community support on the web is at least as great. They give quick answers to all your questions.
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Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring

No score
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon CloudWatch

I can only speak to how it's positively benefited my organization. The problem was that hosting in-house servers is no longer a cost-effective solution vs. containerization in the cloud. But once you rely on hosting servers in the cloud you need a tool to manage every aspect of that including log monitoring, resource utilization, and application performance. Amazon CloudWatch is exactly the tool you need.
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Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring

For the quick implementation effort and easy output understanding for the customers.
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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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Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring

  • Controls the growth of power in departmental servers
  • Automatic discovery
  • Correlation times without having to use other tools
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Pricing Details

Amazon CloudWatch

General

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

Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch
8.7
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
9.0

Support

Amazon CloudWatch
6.7
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring

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