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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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vCloud Director

For a CSP it's the best choice. For internal uses, even in presence of different business units, it's not so easy and flexible to manage. It assures a high level of multitenancy, often not needed for internal purposes. But it could be used in this case, just not created for these purposes. Network management is great.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

Amazon CloudWatch
vCloud Director
6.3
Multi-platform scheduling
Amazon CloudWatch
vCloud Director
7.3
Central monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
vCloud Director
7.7
Logging
Amazon CloudWatch
vCloud Director
7.7
Alerts and notifications
Amazon CloudWatch
vCloud Director
6.1
Analysis and visualization
Amazon CloudWatch
vCloud Director
4.7
Application integration
Amazon CloudWatch
vCloud Director
4.7

Pros

  • We use CloudWatch for collecting and monitoring logs for the AWS infrastructure.
  • CloudWatch events and alarms are configured for all our infrastructure running on AWS. Like Ec2, ECS, AWS Lambda, RDS. We can track auto-scaling at the service level (ECS) and instance level (EC2 and ECS).
  • CloudWatch helps collects monitoring data in the form of logs and events and provides one unified view of AWS resources and services that run on AWS.
  • We use it for monitoring logs and events, raising alarms if our infrastructure has any issues and also CloudWatch logs into ELK system for detailed log analysis and monitoring.
  • AWS Lambda's cold and warm boot times can also be registered using it.
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  • Building virtual racks
  • Managing the customers' network and security
  • Simplicity but the completeness of IaaS solution
  • Integration with major software providers
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Cons

  • CloudWatch could provide better log analytics using a better log parsing and log indexing. Like what is provided in ELK or Splunk.
  • Better dashboarding can be provided. Currently the dashboarding is very rudimentary.
  • No good customizable log indexing is available.
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  • Backup
  • integration with SDS different than vSAN
  • Manage more granularly users
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Alternatives Considered

As CloudWatch is integrated into AWS already, its ready to go. External products such as Nagios require a fair bit of work to actually get the metrics into the dashboards. Products like SolarWinds and Datadog provide quite a high level of very easy integration which allows for the metrics to be viewed within minutes of linking accounts. You can then deploy agents if you want to get even more data. It works very well with these type of monitoring systems.
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Hyper-V is built on a Windows platform that includes services not needed for the virtual environment adding overhead. With vCloud I'm not required to maintain a host OS or it's updates. The requirement to maintain storage devices is no longer needed with vCloud as well.
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Return on Investment

  • The cost is low in terms of what you get and what it provides.
  • Containers and workloads are now monitored and we can see how the computed levels are increasing, which allows us to make adjustments before we have complaints.
  • The proactive element of CloudWatch allows us to address issues before they arise.
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  • vCloud Director requires less IT administration. For example, there isn't a need to maintain esx host. or storage administration like creating luns.
  • A negative impact is cost. vCloud Director has a monthly cost for storage, processor core, memory, and licensing.
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Pricing Details

Amazon CloudWatch

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

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