AWS Config vs. AWS Systems Manager

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
AWS Config
Score 7.1 out of 10
N/A
Amazon Web Services offers AWS Config, a service that provides monitoring and assessment of AWS resource configurations to support compliance auditing, change management and troubleshooting, with resource histories and comparison of historical configurations against planned configurations.N/A
AWS Systems Manager
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
AWS Systems Manager allows users to centralize operational data from multiple AWS services and automate tasks across your AWS resources. With it, users can create logical groups of resources such as applications, different layers of an application stack, or production versus development environments. Systems Manager allows users to select a resource group and view its recent API activity, resource configuration changes, related notifications, operational alerts, software inventory, and patch…
$0.20
Per Million Calls
Pricing
AWS ConfigAWS Systems Manager
Editions & Modules
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AppConfig
$0.20
Per Million Calls
OpsCenter
$2.97
Per 1,000 Items
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AWS ConfigAWS Systems Manager
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsWith AWS Config, you are charged based on the number of configuration items recorded, the number of active AWS Config rule evaluations and the number of conformance pack evaluations in your account. A configuration item is a record of the configuration state of a resource in your AWS account. An AWS Config rule evaluation is a compliance state evaluation of a resource by an AWS Config rule in your AWS account, and a conformance pack evaluation is the evaluation of a resource by an AWS Config rule within the conformance pack.
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Features
AWS ConfigAWS Systems Manager
Cloud Management
Comparison of Cloud Management features of Product A and Product B
AWS Config
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Ratings
AWS Systems Manager
8.0
1 Ratings
7% below category average
Cloud Management Security00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Automation and Orchestration00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Cost Management00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Cloud Management Performance Monitoring00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Governance and Compliance00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Resource Management00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Systems Integration00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
AWS ConfigAWS Systems Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(6 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
9.6
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
6.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
AWS ConfigAWS Systems Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
Amazon AWS
It's really good if your infrastructure services is all in AWS, that means everything could be audited and monitored using AWS config. You also can create alarms to notify you or your team about any changes on your AWS resources which is very useful to prevent abuse if you have a fairly large team. It's also very useful whenever some third party wants to audit your AWS resources, if you have a fairly comprehensive AWS config configured, the auditing process will be easy since they only need to look at your AWS config setup.
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Amazon AWS
When you have a process running in aws that needs to copy files to group of instances as part of the process Installing software on a group of machines Adding Cloudwatch agent to instance.
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Pros
Amazon AWS
  • The ability to track changes in AWS is paramount, AWS config allows you to do this
  • Allows the auditing of an AWS account
  • Can view history of an account that has AWS config enabled
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Amazon AWS
  • Copy files to a group of instance with particular tag
  • Enable CW agent and push metrics to CW
  • Easy to install software in a group of instances.
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Cons
Amazon AWS
  • It's only AWS, no third party.
  • Not the most intuitive interface, but with a little getting used to it is OK.
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Amazon AWS
  • I would like to see the Search feature improved a bit more.
  • UI is little bit confusing initially
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Performance
Amazon AWS
Would rate lower for other workloads but for AWS workloads its simple to set up, cost effective and customisable. Primary use case is compliance from a governance perspective.
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Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Amazon AWS
I do not know or have used any other product in AWS cloud space that matches what AWS Config provides. We have some custom built monitoring and governance, however that is there because AWS Config does not provide it currently.
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Amazon AWS
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Return on Investment
Amazon AWS
  • Enforcing audit requirements
  • Easy to set up alerting when there are rule breaches
  • Auto remediation reduces the manual policing of such breaches
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Amazon AWS
  • Reduced team's time spent on EC2 management
  • Patch management
  • Remote access
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