Amazon CloudWatch vs. Microsoft Sentinel

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Amazon CloudWatch
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Amazon CloudWatch is a native AWS monitoring tool for AWS programs. It provides data collection and resource monitoring capabilities.
$0
per canary run
Microsoft Sentinel
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft Sentinel (formerly Azure Sentinel) is designed as a birds-eye view across the enterprise. It is presented as a security information and event management (SIEM) solution for proactive threat detection, investigation, and response.
$2.46
per GB ingested
Pricing
Amazon CloudWatchMicrosoft Sentinel
Editions & Modules
Canaries
$0.0012
per canary run
Logs - Analyze (Logs Insights queries)
$0.005
per GB of data scanned
Over 1,000,000 Metrics
$0.02
per month
Contributor Insights - Matched Log Events
$0.02
per month per one million log events that match the rule
Logs - Store (Archival)
$0.03
per GB
Next 750,000 Metrics
$0.05
per month
Next 240,000 Metrics
$0.10
per month
Alarm - Standard Resolution (60 Sec)
$0.10
per month per alarm metric
First 10,000 Metrics
$0.30
per month
Alarm - High Resolution (10 Sec)
$0.30
per month per alarm metric
Alarm - Composite
$0.50
per month per alarm
Logs - Collect (Data Ingestion)
$0.50
per GB
Contributor Insights
$0.50
per month per rule
Events - Custom
$1.00
per million events
Events - Cross-account
$1.00
per million events
CloudWatch RUM
$1
per 100k events
Dashboard
$3.00
per month per dashboard
CloudWatch Evidently - Events
$5
per 1 million events
CloudWatch Evidently - Analysis Units
$7.50
per 1 million analysis units
Azure Sentinel
$2.46
per GB ingested
100 GB per day
$123.00
per day
200 GB per day
$221.40
per day
300 GB per day
$319.80
per day
400 GB per day
$410.00
per day
500 GB per day
$492.00
per day
More than 500 GB per day
$492.00 + $98.40
per day/plus each additional 100 GB increment
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Amazon CloudWatchMicrosoft Sentinel
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsWith 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.
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Community Pulse
Amazon CloudWatchMicrosoft Sentinel
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Amazon CloudWatchMicrosoft Sentinel
Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
Comparison of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) features of Product A and Product B
Amazon CloudWatch
-
Ratings
Microsoft Sentinel
7.9
17 Ratings
1% above category average
Centralized event and log data collection00 Ratings8.317 Ratings
Correlation00 Ratings7.817 Ratings
Event and log normalization/management00 Ratings7.817 Ratings
Deployment flexibility00 Ratings8.116 Ratings
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools00 Ratings7.816 Ratings
Custom dashboards and workspaces00 Ratings7.117 Ratings
Host and network-based intrusion detection00 Ratings7.613 Ratings
Data integration/API management00 Ratings8.116 Ratings
Behavioral analytics and baselining00 Ratings8.015 Ratings
Rules-based and algorithmic detection thresholds00 Ratings7.816 Ratings
Response orchestration and automation00 Ratings8.216 Ratings
Reporting and compliance management00 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Incident indexing/searching00 Ratings7.616 Ratings
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User Ratings
Amazon CloudWatchMicrosoft Sentinel
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(37 ratings)
8.3
(25 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
8.4
(8 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Amazon CloudWatchMicrosoft Sentinel
Likelihood to Recommend
Amazon AWS
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.
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Microsoft
Well, it's definitely suited to log in monitor most of the normal security infrastructure and collect security telemetry. It also extends well to Microsoft's entire suite with regards to data collection for things like Office 365, Power BI, power apps, and the like. It is also pretty good at collecting information from homegrown applications, especially if you're building in Azure.
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Pros
Amazon AWS
  • 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.
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Microsoft
  • Sentinel is by far the most efficient tool in supporting the highest number of solutions and products when it comes to data connection (or ingestion) and that too in the least complex manner possible. Most of the data connectors in Sentinel are very easy to configure and deploy.
  • Incident Management is undoubtedly one of the main USPs of Sentinel. With an easy-to-use UI, variety of utilities (adding tasks, manual triggering of playbooks, activity logs etc.) and provision of having an investigation map from the incident details page, Sentinel clearly stands out in this area.
  • I personally love the feature of integrating 'Threat Intelligence' to Sentinel from a free and one of the most reliable sources, Microsoft itself. This not only saves time for an analyst in checking the reputation of an entity but also allows to take actions on the suspicious entities at earliest.
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Cons
Amazon AWS
  • 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.
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Microsoft
  • It takes some time to learn how to use and install it properly, and it does not connect effectively with external PaaS systems such as Salesforce CRM, Salesforce Commerce Cloud, and so on.
  • Microsoft can simplify the display of the logs to make them easier to study, and the user interface occasionally delays, which can also be enhanced.
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Usability
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
The Microsoft Azure Sentinel solution is very good and even better if you use Azure. It's easy to implement and learn how to use the tool with an intuitive and simple interface. New updates are happening to always bring new news and improve the experience and usability. The solution brings reliability as it is from a very reliable manufacturer.
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Support Rating
Amazon AWS
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.
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Microsoft
Azure Sentinel is very easy to use and configure. If you are stuck somewhere, Microsoft support is excellent in assisting and solving your issue.
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Alternatives Considered
Amazon AWS
I believe that CloudWatch is a better solution to use with AWS services and resources in terms of cost and ease of integration with AWS infrastructure services. But keep in mind that Elasticsearch is better at aggregating application-level metrics. We chose CloudWatch because of its capabilities to integrate and monitor AWS services in almost real-time.
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Microsoft
The key advantage of using Sentinel lies in Microsoft already being a renowned name in cloud services. Hence, the Collection of data at the cloud scale across all users, devices, applications, and infrastructure, both on-premises and especially in the MS Cloud, is super easy. Additionally, leveraging Threat Intel from Microsoft itself gives a sense of security, given their years of experience in the collection of intel. The AI and Machine learning features provided by MS is one of the finest.
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Professional Services
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
Did not use professional services
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Return on Investment
Amazon AWS
  • 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.
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Microsoft
  • Less overhead on integration of cloud-native logging
  • The KQL language is very helpful since it can be used for security and operational monitoring but as well for workbooks and dashboarding
  • A large community developing solutions is very helpful for a quick adoption
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ScreenShots

Amazon CloudWatch Screenshots

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Microsoft Sentinel Screenshots

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