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Amazon CloudWatch

If you're just starting out with smaller applications in the AWS cloud, then AWS cloudwatch is the right tool. When your company starts growing, along with your software becoming more mature, you may end up piping your logs to another system in order to do more analytics on it and gather better insights
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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

Application Performance Management

Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
7.8
Application monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
10.0
Database monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
8.0
Threshold alerts
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
7.1
Predictive capabilities
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
5.0
Application performance management console
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
10.0
Collaboration tools
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
6.3
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
8.3
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
9.0
Virtualization monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
9.0
Server availability and performance monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
7.8
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
7.0
IT Asset Discovery
Amazon CloudWatch
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
6.0

Pros

  • The ability to create dashboards off of metrics
  • Setting alarms when things go wrong so we get alerts
  • Its integrations with other AWS products.
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  • Completely autonomous in the data import and OOTB construction
  • Breakdown dashboard of automated application times
  • Detailed reporting of the user response time
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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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  • Poor and sometimes insufficient documentation
  • Very rigid and expensive architecture for scalability
  • Cost of licenses
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Alternatives Considered

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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Synthetic Monitoring automatically does what other products do only through the use of other tools or through the development of user applications that still have a high cost of maintenance. The other products are not immediately usable and require many customizations. Through the use of configuration automatisms, you can be immediately operational and, in our case, we detected several imperfections in the applications.
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Return on Investment

  • Very positive ROI, we are able to pre-empt production issues via alerting
  • CloudWatch is low cost and allows us to get enterprise level monitoring
  • CloudWatch allows us to get visibility into all of our workloads and see how traffic is increasing or decreasing and make product level decisions
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  • 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
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Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring

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