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Amazon CloudWatch

If you have a large cloud estate and need proactive monitoring, dashboards, and alerting then it makes sense to use CloudWatch as its obviously native to AWS. CloudWatch is well suited to anyone that wants to see into their data, their traffic, or their system health. It's the eyes and ears of AWS. It really is best for any scenario where you are hosting infrastructure with AWS and want to keep an eye on it.
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Sumo Logic

Sumo Logic is best suited, as of the time of this review, for a smaller-to-medium sized enterprise. Medium may be pushing it, depending on the deployment. The larger the enterprise, user access, and server agent count, the harder Sumo Logic is at scaling and realistically using. I have not managed or deployed other log aggregation solutions, so I'm not aware of whether competitors may suffer from the same setbacks as Sumo Logic. The ease of use, ability to deploy quickly, always having the latest version of the web portal (due to it being hosted), and being able to have data readily available for a critical time of the year were great benefits. Sumo Logic had also shown that they were taking our feedback seriously, and seemed to be working on resolutions to many of these issues for 2016. I'm giving a 7 out of 10 based on the Sumo Logic as it was in November 2015. If one is in talks with the vendor, the cons listed here should be mentioned in order to see if they have been resolved.
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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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  • Log Aggregation and uploading. The architecture for Sumo Logic makes a great deal of sense and works very well.
  • Automated analysis. It still impresses me how well a newly uploaded log can be broken into intelligent parts, then searched and sorted using their tools.
  • Dashboards. It might not be what YOU will need as an IT admin, but you can give access to these dashboards easily to business users who love that kind of stuff. Most other types of (monitoring / alerting) tools, for no apparent reason, lack this feature.
  • Reporting, monitoring, and graphing. Given, you need to have useful log generation for an application or service as a prerequisite for sumo logic to be able to gain use, once it has it is an amazingly powerful tool.
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Cons

  • There is only a limited amount of credits available each month when pulling metrics into other applications. We have had to use larger polling intervals as a result.
  • Unable to export alert data into 3rd party data warehouses for record keeping.
  • Learning curve is slightly steep and there isn't much automation in terms of setting alerts up.
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  • More customizable shortcuts.
  • Better UI for time-based searches.
  • Adaptive learning for user preferences.
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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

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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Provides the same basic solution as Splunk as it is a central log aggregator. The main difference for us is hosted or cloud vs. on-premise. The other large difference for us was the central management of the collectors. Sumo provides a single view of all the collectors, versions, and status.
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Return on Investment

  • It saves time pouring through log files, providing us non-engineers with a nice clean, intuitive interface
  • It helps us maximize "up-time" by allowing us to stay ahead of third-party service downtime
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  • Less time logging onto systems and combining logs looking for issues resulting in faster diagnoses and resolution.
  • One less system to care and feed for. Hosted solution.
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Amazon CloudWatch

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Free Trial
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Sumo Logic

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Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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No
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