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Foglight

12 Ratings

Amazon CloudWatch

44 Ratings
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Score 7.9 out of 101

Foglight

12 Ratings
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Score 7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch

Well suited if:
  • Your organization is married to the AWS ecosystem
  • You tech stack is reliant on third-party services
  • You use Splunk as your log aggregator (integrates well)
  • You prefer to be proactive about health of your tech stack
Not particularly suited if:
  • You don't use AWS
  • You like to fly by the seat of your pants
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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
8.8
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
8.9
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
9.0
Server availability and performance monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
Foglight
8.9
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
Amazon CloudWatch
Foglight
9.0
IT Asset Discovery
Amazon CloudWatch
Foglight
9.0

Pros

  • Lambda process monitoring, particularly useful when you're relying on third-party services.
  • Active monitoring RDS (set thresholds so we know before a database runs out of space)
  • Auto-requisitioning of additional resources
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  • Integration with platforms
  • Uniformity
  • Pinpointing of issues
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Cons

  • Amazon-only
  • cumbersome compared to other solutions
  • not 100% customizable.
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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

We found that CloudWatch provides great value in terms of cost and maintenance time. It is cheap and requires virtually 0 upkeep. Of the other solutions we evaluated, Loggly and New Relic get quite expensive when you reach the volume of log data that we are processing even though in terms of set up and maintenance effort they are on par with CloudWatch. As dedicated log aggregation (Loggly) and application monitoring (New Relic) solutions, they do offer great features that are not exactly easy to replicate with CloudWatch, but we found that CloudWatch does more than enough to meet our needs. PaperTrail is also a relatively cheap option but has a very limited feature set. Finally, we have successfully used Graylog as part of a log aggregation stack (in tandem with fluentd and elasticsearch), and the dashboards you can create with this combination are simply spectacular. Unfortunately, even though the cost if self-hosting is relatively cheap, we found that maintaining that stack was difficult without having a dedicated engineer for it.
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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

  • Cheap
  • Part of AWS/Cloudformation/Terraform already.
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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
Additional Pricing Details

Foglight

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