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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 7.7 out of 100

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SCOM

More appropriate for:
  • Pure Microsoft ecosystem environments (Windows Server and SQL server) and the most common Linux and UNIX platforms.
  • Environments where cost is less of a factor than settling on a single platform for monitoring
  • Environments where the administrators are familiar with the setup and installation of SCOM.
Less appropriate for:
  • Pure UNIX/Linux shops, especially versions not supported out of the box by SCOM.
  • Shops that cannot afford the engagement to setup/configure and maintain on a continuous basis.
  • Shops that cannot dedicate personnel to the care and feeding of SCOM, especially when supporting larger environments.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

Amazon CloudWatch
SCOM
7.4
Application monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
SCOM
7.7
Database monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
SCOM
7.7
Threshold alerts
Amazon CloudWatch
SCOM
8.1
Predictive capabilities
Amazon CloudWatch
SCOM
7.0
Application performance management console
Amazon CloudWatch
SCOM
6.6
Collaboration tools
Amazon CloudWatch
SCOM
5.6
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
Amazon CloudWatch
SCOM
7.3
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
Amazon CloudWatch
SCOM
6.7
Virtualization monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
SCOM
7.4
Server availability and performance monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
SCOM
8.5
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
Amazon CloudWatch
SCOM
8.1
IT Asset Discovery
Amazon CloudWatch
SCOM
7.7

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.
Brian Dentino | TrustRadius Reviewer

SCOM

  • Pick real-time health data from a large number of systems through their agent services installed on those remote systems.
  • Have the ability to directly create an incident in snow with its SCOM-SNOW Integration pack.
  • Have the capability to design activities to perform actions on apps or infrastructure components directly from SCOM Dashboard.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon CloudWatch

  • CloudWatch doesn't monitor things outside of the cloud, it's not what it is intended for.
  • Billing is confusing as it bills on Dashboard, metrics called, custom metrics, etc. Hard to forecast the charge.
  • Paradigm is confusing sometimes and difficult to learn.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SCOM

  • One of the biggest drawbacks to SCOM is the sheer scope and complexity of the system. This can be a pro and a con. The system is very customizable, what you put into it is what you'll get out of it. That said, the learning curve is fairly steep. An organization needs to be committed to putting time and resources into SCOM to get the most out of it. I've heard stories from colleagues of several different companies that invested in SCOM and then abandoned it due to the excessive time and care required.
  • SCOM is expensive. Not only is the enterprise licensing costly, SCOM requires it's own servers, operational and warehouse databases to be maintained.
  • The OOB SCOM reports are a bit clunky and feel outdated.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatch 7.0
Based on 2 answers
The tool collects a great deal of data, and data that's not available many other places. But the data is hidden in obscure places, and the logs are hard to read and follow. The user interface could use a heavy rework, and several companies have made a business out of scraping the data and presenting it better.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SCOM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatch 7.6
Based on 16 answers
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.
Ramindu Deshapriya | TrustRadius Reviewer

SCOM

SCOM 8.2
Based on 10 answers
We are very pleased with the support provided by the Microsoft System Center Operations Manager team. At first, we were quite hesitant to contact support, but the support team showed a very proactive approach and helped with a bunch of issues which would be much harder to overcome on our own, especially when deploying the platform for the first time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SCOM

We didn't consider any other alternatives, nor did we try or demo any other product prior to our purchase of SCOM. I know there are several other products out that perform many of the same functions and more such as SolarWinds, however, those products are pricey as well and we decided to stick with the Microsoft product in the end.
Joe Spradlin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon CloudWatch

  • Scalability. Saving us cost when we can downgrade underperforming instances.
  • Great monitoring and peace of mine without always having to check logs to any services failure.
  • Support cost is high. It would be nicer if documentation would be easier to follow.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SCOM

  • We wanted to make sure that updates and patches deployed are actually successfully installed on devices and other tools cannot match SCOM for detailed feedback on deployment status.
  • We can now confidently provide management and security teams on successful update of security patches with high accuracy.
  • Deployment complexity took over a year to fully implement all necessary features with help of consultants and in house teams. Wish it was simpler.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Amazon CloudWatch

General

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

Amazon CloudWatch Editions & Modules

Edition
First 10,000 Metrics$0.301
Next 240,000 Metrics$0.101
Next 750,000 Metrics$0.051
Over 1,000,000 Metrics$0.021
  1. Per Metric
Additional Pricing Details
With 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.

SCOM

General

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

SCOM Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch
8.8
SCOM
7.8

Usability

Amazon CloudWatch
7.0
SCOM

Support Rating

Amazon CloudWatch
7.6
SCOM
8.2

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