Amazon CloudWatch vs. SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor (WPM)

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
SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor (WPM)
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
SolarWinds Web Performance Monitoring (WPM) is a website and SaaS application performance monitoring tool. It utilizes synthetic and real user monitoring for proactive issue detection and performance reporting. WPM is designed to be scalable with business needs.N/A
Pricing
Amazon CloudWatchSolarWinds Web Performance Monitor (WPM)
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
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Amazon CloudWatchSolarWinds Web Performance Monitor (WPM)
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
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 CloudWatchSolarWinds Web Performance Monitor (WPM)
Considered Both Products
Amazon CloudWatch
Chose Amazon CloudWatch
Out of the box monitoring which compliments workloads implemented from infrastructure as code so we have standardized metrics across all our monitoring for our AWS workloads. Also incredibly easy to implement via the console which can be done in minutes oppose to hours of …
SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor (WPM)

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Amazon CloudWatchSolarWinds Web Performance Monitor (WPM)
Monitoring Tasks
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Amazon CloudWatch
-
Ratings
SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor (WPM)
10.0
1 Ratings
23% above category average
Remote monitoring00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Multiple Server Monitoring00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Automated alerts and notifications00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Reporting
Comparison of Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Amazon CloudWatch
-
Ratings
SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor (WPM)
10.0
1 Ratings
27% above category average
Performance data reports00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Customizable reporting00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Data visualization00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Amazon CloudWatch
-
Ratings
SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor (WPM)
10.0
1 Ratings
41% above category average
Administrator access control00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
Amazon CloudWatchSolarWinds Web Performance Monitor (WPM)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(38 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
8.4
(8 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Amazon CloudWatchSolarWinds Web Performance Monitor (WPM)
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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SolarWinds
We've found WPM to be a fit for every web application that we wanted to monitor. If you have a web app that you'd like monitoring/alerting for then WPM may work for you. So far our only struggles have been when after logging in the app launches a new tab.
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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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SolarWinds
  • Testing web applications
  • Ability to log in to secure sections of websites in order to test user authentication
  • Provides a detailed history of steps taken and provides print screens of each step. If an error occurs you can see the web page to better diagnose issues.
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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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SolarWinds
  • The recorder is clunky and must be run on a local machine.
  • It does not support frames.
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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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SolarWinds
Solarwinds support is top-notch, and while we rarely have to call them, they are always very helpful when we do.
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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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SolarWinds
At the time we purchased WPM we were not aware of alternatives and therefore did not compare them.
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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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SolarWinds
  • Better reporting of down states to allow for SLA reporting
  • Better alerting during certain failure conditions which allows the IT org to respond faster
  • More thorough history to review past errors and see screenshots of the errors.
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