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Sumo Logic

18 Ratings

Amazon CloudWatch

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Sumo Logic

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch

It is well suited for organizations already using a number of Amazon services, as most of these will integrate very nicely with CloudWatch. If you have detailed log retention requirements, it's quite nice as well since they make it easy to configure retention and export data to S3. The tooling for metric filters and dashboards are very customizable and sufficient for general monitoring but the UX is not the most friendly. If your organization spends a lot of time on business intelligence and performance tracking, you may want to consider a more targeted 3rd-party service.
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Sumo Logic

It's great for logging all interactions you tell it to log and it's great for sharing information found in queries made by individuals because specific queries can be shared via links that Sumo creates. It's not great for holding information for longer than 30 days or for accessing information over a long period of time.
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Pros

  • Managing log retention periods is very simple with CloudWatch, and can be configured on a per-group basis.
  • Monitoring host performance is very easy when coupled with the CloudWatch Agent on an EC2 instance. A simple installation and configuration replaces an entire 3rd-party host monitoring stack.
  • CloudWatch is flexible enough for not just host monitoring, but application monitoring as well. It's easy to pipe local logs up to CloudWatch and extract structured data in order to monitor and set alerts on custom app metrics.
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  • Detailed insights into API calls.
  • Fast and accurate results to specific search parameters.
  • Easy to use interface.
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Cons

  • Unfortunately, the CloudWatch dashboard does not provide the ability to create histograms of discrete counts. This makes it difficult to, for instance, use CloudWatch to quickly identify specific IP addresses that have a high request volume in a certain period.
  • The UX for creating a custom metric from a CloudWatch log group is somewhat confusing. Every time I need to create a new metric I find myself fumbling around the interface for a few minutes while I try to remember how to do it.
  • The alerting options for CloudWatch are not as extensive as are available with some 3rd-party services.
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  • I do not think, as I remember, Sumo Logic works well with things that don't generate as a 'standard' of log. Therefore, sumo logics natural limitation is that it works best with pre-existing logs and doesn't do well to monitor a system for other types of events that don't reach a flat file or standardized log format. If you develop mostly internal applications and like to rely on sumo logic, you may find yourselves begging the developers for more useful and cleaner logs.
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Implementation

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I was satisfied with the implementation, as at the time, it was the best way to implement the product with the available feature sets in Sumo Logic. User creation and management became more of an issue during continued use, instead of it being an issue related to deploying the product in our environment.
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Alternatives Considered

I can only speak to how it's positively benefited my organization. The problem was that hosting in-house servers is no longer a cost-effective solution vs. containerization in the cloud. But once you rely on hosting servers in the cloud you need a tool to manage every aspect of that including log monitoring, resource utilization, and application performance. Amazon CloudWatch is exactly the tool you need.
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We felt the features were comparable and Sumo Logic offered a better price. This was our first log aggregation tool so we don't have a lot of insight for competing products. I speak with many others specifically regarding Splunk and it seems to be comparable in many ways except price. I encourage others to try sumo for that reason.
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Return on Investment

  • CloudWatch is integrated with other AWS products out-of-the-box; our engineers do not need to configure and maintain log aggregation services and can focus on our product. Allowing engineers to focus on building competitive advantages instead of infrastructure is a huge boon.
  • It is easy for our engineers to build alerts with CloudWatch; we know when services break and can respond before our customers discover the problem.
  • CloudWatch can be inexpensive, particularly if your business is required to retain logs for years.
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  • Sumo Logic helps meet audit points fairly well, as we see it, it is a secondary control for many events as it is hard to hide from sumo logic. Sumo Logic sends things quickly to the cloud service.
  • Sumo Logic is not very expensive compared to suites with similar feature sets or the cost per data processed.
  • Unexpectedly we were able to use this product to give business insights into the infrastructure. It turned out to be an excellent tool for this use case. Business users and C Levels love this kind of insight.
  • Reporting was more useful than expected. This was the first log collector most of us have used and we are impressed with the reports we can drive from it. It gives a lot of information about the business with little effort. Again, our initial purchase was more for the need of historical data.
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Amazon CloudWatch

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Free Trial
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No
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Sumo Logic

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