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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch

Ideal for monitoring AWS services and workloads. We have several of our websites entirely hosted on AWS and we're able to get a Grafana dashboard of all the relevant metrics from CloudFront, S3, EC2, RDS, and Elastic Beanstalk. This can be set up within the hour or templated on your code for infrastructure (we do this with terraform & cloud formation). By design, it isn't suited for non-AWS workloads.
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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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Feature Rating Comparison

Cloud Management

Amazon CloudWatch
8.4
Sumo Logic
Cloud Management Security
Amazon CloudWatch
8.3
Sumo Logic
Automation and Orchestration
Amazon CloudWatch
9.0
Sumo Logic
Cost Management
Amazon CloudWatch
8.7
Sumo Logic
Cloud Management Performance Monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
9.0
Sumo Logic
Governance and Compliance
Amazon CloudWatch
7.5
Sumo Logic
Resource Management
Amazon CloudWatch
9.0
Sumo Logic
Systems Integration
Amazon CloudWatch
7.5
Sumo Logic

Pros

Amazon CloudWatch

  • 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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Sumo Logic

  • The UI is simple and intuitive
  • Data can be searched using simple terms or more complex queries
  • We can ingest all of our logs and not lose anything
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Cons

Amazon CloudWatch

  • Its limitation on only Amazon resources.
  • Cost is higher.
  • Lack of ability to create graphs on distinct counts and histograms which can make it hard quickly identify specific IP addresses that have a high request volume in a certain period. We have worked around this but a feature on the dashboard would be nice.
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Sumo Logic

  • Sumo is very slow compared to other programs like Splunk
  • Sumo only holds data for a certain amount of time, so if you want to reference an entry that was logged 6-months ago, you better have saved your logs in an external database somewhere because Sumo no longer has that information
  • Automatic parsing of data is not set up in Sumo as opposed to Splunk where it automatically parsed ALL logs
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Support

Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatch 6.7
Based on 4 answers
AWS Support is great, and even besides the official support, the user community support on the web is at least as great. They give quick answers to all your questions.
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Sumo Logic

No score
No answers yet
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Implementation

Amazon CloudWatch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sumo Logic

Sumo Logic 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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

Amazon CloudWatch

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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Sumo Logic

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

Amazon CloudWatch

  • CloudWatch is liked by the IT guys, in that it makes their job easier. Whether that actually is a positive ROI is debatable. It doesn't seem like it.
  • CloudWatch could have a positive ROI in the sense that IT professionals consider it an integral tool to streamline their management of IT resources.
  • Cloud is not a positive ROI in the sense that it doesn't appear to have saved any money on the personnel or software side.
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Sumo Logic

  • 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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Pricing Details

Amazon CloudWatch

General

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

Sumo Logic

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch
8.7
Sumo Logic
8.8

Support

Amazon CloudWatch
6.7
Sumo Logic

Implementation

Amazon CloudWatch
Sumo Logic
9.0

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