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Attribute Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.9

    Amazon CloudWatch

    89%
    40 Ratings

    Instana

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.1

    Amazon CloudWatch

    81%
    14 Ratings

    Instana

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Amazon CloudWatch

    Cloud watch is great and essential if you decide to invest in AWS and have any need to monitor the health of all aspects of your VPC resources, or at the organizational level (multiple accounts). Another benefit of the service is constant upgrades at no additional costs; the software evolves to develop modules and interface improvements. For first-time users in AWS, this is going to take a bit to understand, so the learning curve to this metrics environment can seem overwhelming at first glance/use.
    Rob Domenico | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Instana

    No answers on this topic

    Pros

    Amazon CloudWatch

    • It provides lot many out of the box dashboard to observe the health and usage of your cloud deployments. Few examples are CPU usage, Disk read/write, Network in/out etc.
    • It is possible to stream CloudWatch log data to Amazon Elasticsearch to process them almost real time.
    • If you have setup your code pipeline and wants to see the status, CloudWatch really helps. It can trigger lambda function when certain cloudWatch event happens and lambda can store the data to S3 or Athena which Quicksight can represent.
    Apurv Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Instana

    No answers on this topic

    Cons

    Amazon CloudWatch

    • Memory metrics on EC2 are not available on CloudWatch. Depending on workloads if we need visibility on memory metrics we use Solarwinds Orion with the agent installed. For scalable workloads, this involves customization of images being used.
    • Visualization out of the box. But this can easily be addressed with other solutions such as Grafana.
    • By design, this is only used for AWS workloads so depending on your environment cannot be used as an all in one solution for your monitoring.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Instana

    No answers on this topic

    Pricing Details

    Amazon CloudWatch

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $0.0,012 per canary run

    Amazon CloudWatch Editions & Modules

    Edition
    First 10,000 Metrics$0.301
    Next 240,000 Metrics$0.101
    Next 750,000 Metrics$0.051
    Over 1,000,000 Metrics$0.021
    Dashboard$3.002
    Alarm - Standard Resolution (60 Sec)$0.103
    Alarm - High Resolution (10 Sec)$0.303
    Alarm - Composite$0.504
    Logs - Collect (Data Ingestion)$0.505
    Logs - Store (Archival)$0.035
    Logs - Analyze (Logs Insights queries)$0.0056
    Events - Custom$1.007
    Events - Cross-account$1.007
    Contributor Insights$0.508
    Contributor Insights - Matched Log Events$0.029
    Canaries$0.001210
    CloudWatch Evidently - Events$511
    CloudWatch Evidently - Analysis Units$7.5012
    CloudWatch RUM$113
    1. per month
    2. per month per dashboard
    3. per month per alarm metric
    4. per month per alarm
    5. per GB
    6. per GB of data scanned
    7. per million events
    8. per month per rule
    9. per month per one million log events that match the rule
    10. per canary run
    11. per 1 million events
    12. per 1 million analysis units
    13. per 100k events
    Additional Pricing Details
    With Amazon CloudWatch, there is no up-front commitment or minimum fee; you simply pay for what you use. You will be charged at the end of the month for your usage.

    Instana

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Instana Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Support Rating

    Amazon CloudWatch

    Amazon CloudWatch 8.1
    Based on 14 answers
    Support is effective, and we were able to get any problems that we couldn't get solved through community discussion forums solved for us by the AWS support team. For example, we were assisted in one instance where we were not sure about the best metrics to use in order to optimize an auto-scaling group on EC2. The support team was able to look at our metrics and give a useful recommendation on which metrics to use.
    Ramindu Deshapriya | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Instana

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    Amazon CloudWatch

    Amazon CloudWatch is efficient, reliable and has a high speed response as compared to its competitors and it maximizes an application's life at the same time giving you the best load balance and storage, the services that Amazon CloudWatch provides are way better and cheaper for the prices attached to them.
    muphulusi dzivhani | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Instana

    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    Amazon CloudWatch

    • We were able to set up log streaming, retention, and simple downtime alerts within a few hours, having no prior experience with CloudWatch, freeing up our engineers to focus on more important business goals.
    • CloudWatch log groups have made it relatively easy to detect and diagnose issues in production by allowing us to aggregate logs across servers, correlate failures, isolate misbehaving servers, etc. Thanks to CloudWatch, we are generally able to identify, understand and mitigate most production fires within 10-15 minutes.
    • Choosing CloudWatch to manage log aggregation has saved us quite a bit of time and money over the past year. Generally, 3rd-party log aggregation solutions tend to get quite expensive unless you self-host, in which case you typically need to spend a fair amount of time setting up, maintaining, and monitoring these services.
    Brian Dentino | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Instana

    No answers on this topic

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