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Amazon CloudWatch

If you have a large cloud estate and need proactive monitoring, dashboards, and alerting then it makes sense to use CloudWatch as its obviously native to AWS. CloudWatch is well suited to anyone that wants to see into their data, their traffic, or their system health. It's the eyes and ears of AWS. It really is best for any scenario where you are hosting infrastructure with AWS and want to keep an eye on it.
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Foglight

Foglight is particularly helpful when you have multiple platforms, software solutions, or applications running across a variety of networks. It allows users to pinpoint potential problems across these fields and combat them to minimize disruption to the technology itself. The alerts are generally almost instantaneous which allows swift responses and low business interruption.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

Amazon CloudWatch
Foglight
8.3
Application monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
Foglight
8.9
Database monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
Foglight
8.0
Threshold alerts
Amazon CloudWatch
Foglight
9.0
Predictive capabilities
Amazon CloudWatch
Foglight
5.6
Application performance management console
Amazon CloudWatch
Foglight
8.0
Collaboration tools
Amazon CloudWatch
Foglight
9.0
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
Amazon CloudWatch
Foglight
9.0
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
Amazon CloudWatch
Foglight
8.9
Virtualization monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
Foglight
7.3
Server availability and performance monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
Foglight
9.0
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
Amazon CloudWatch
Foglight
8.1
IT Asset Discovery
Amazon CloudWatch
Foglight
9.0

Pros

  • Integration with other AWS products is CloudWatch's greatest feature. CloudWatch logs and metrics are provided out-of-the-box for ECS, Lambda, Sagemaker, and most other AWS products. Log aggregation and instrumentation are difficult to configure and manage; it is great to defer that work to AWS.
  • Configuring log retention policies is simple with AWS. If your business is required to retain logs for years, being able to automatically move old logs to S3 IA or Glacier with a few clicks is convenient.
  • Configuring alerts from metrics is simple, and it is easy to integrate alerts with PagerDuty or email.
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  • Foglight NMS is very light on resources given the amount of monitoring connectivity options it provides. It is one of the few that I've trialed in the past that offers SNMP v3 connections.
  • The dashboard is concise with the main areas of interest. It can be customized as well if you have a particular use case.
  • Setting up alerts is straightforward with the ability to set custom thresholds. Alert emails get sent by configuring a primary mail server with the option to add a backup mail server in the event of a primary mail server outage or connectivity issues.
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Cons

  • The console's log search lacks many of the features you would find in PaperTrail or Log.ly. Regex search is either not supported, or very difficult to find.
  • It can be difficult to understand how the CloudWatch bill breaks down by log group.
  • The date/time picker in the console could be easier to use.
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  • There are not many problems with this product
  • Limited ability to use Foglight itself to solve problems it identifies
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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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We were previously using Oracle to monitor resources across servers and networks. In general, that product was alright but the Foglight alerts are far superior to Oracle. The business goal of using Foglight is really to minimize business interruption costs so the faster and more noticeable the alerts, the better the product is at solving our problems.
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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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  • Positive - near instant alerts help combat potential problems quickly
  • Positive - minimizes business interruption
  • Positive - limits disruptions to productivity
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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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Foglight

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