Amazon CloudWatch is an essential tool for governing your system-wide resources and app management
March 08, 2017

Amazon CloudWatch is an essential tool for governing your system-wide resources and app management

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Amazon CloudWatch

At my organization, we use AWS (Amazon Web Services) to spin up new server instances for any business critical applications we require. This is known as containerization. Instead of purchasing new computers we buy more RAM and then have the capacity to spin up or shut down an almost limitless array of servers on an as-needed basis.

Not long ago companies needed to physically install servers on-site. Hardware would need to be upgraded, administrated and repaired. Also if these servers contained sensitive data, they would need to be secured from hacking or fire and theft.

Today we let Amazon host all of our data in the cloud. They are at least partially responsible for guarding our data from theft and fire. Our organization instantly recognized the benefit of being able to administrate our AWS server instances via Amazon CloudWatch. If you rely on AWS in any way, you need to use Amazon CloudWatch.

  • Application Performance Management.
  • Error Management.
  • Utilization Management.
  • The interface is clunky.
  • The context sensitive help could be written more clearly.
  • I wish there were more options for arranging the dashboard interface to my specific needs.
  • Pro: We've reduced the cost of salaried employees need to run in-house servers by close to 50%.
  • Pro: We've reduced down time of any servers substantially.
  • Con: It's not quite automated and its usage requires training.
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.
It's well suited where you rely on cloud services to run mission critical applications. I think it'd be less suitable in a scenario where the information you store on your servers is what your customers expect you to manage directly.