Amazon CloudWatch vs AppDynamics

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Amazon CloudWatch vs AppDynamics: What are the differences?

Developers describe Amazon CloudWatch as "Monitor AWS resources and custom metrics generated by your applications and services". With Amazon CloudWatch, you gain system-wide visibility into resource utilization, application performance, and operational health. Programmatically retrieve your monitoring data, view graphs, and set alarms to help you troubleshoot, spot trends, and take automated action based on the state of your cloud environment. On the other hand, AppDynamics is detailed as "Application management for the cloud generation". AppDynamics develops application performance management (APM) solutions that deliver problem resolution for highly distributed applications through transaction flow monitoring and deep diagnostics.

Amazon CloudWatch can be classified as a tool in the "Cloud Monitoring" category, while AppDynamics is grouped under "Performance Monitoring".

Some of the features offered by Amazon CloudWatch are:

  • Basic Monitoring for Amazon EC2 instances: ten pre-selected metrics at five-minute frequency, free of charge.
  • Detailed Monitoring for Amazon EC2 instances: seven pre-selected metrics at one-minute frequency, for an additional charge.
  • Amazon EBS volumes: eight pre-selected metrics at five-minute frequency, free of charge.

On the other hand, AppDynamics provides the following key features:

  • End User Monitoring
  • Real-Time Business Transaction Monitoring
  • Visualize & Manage your Entire Application

"Monitor aws resources" is the top reason why over 70 developers like Amazon CloudWatch, while over 10 developers mention "Deep code visibility" as the leading cause for choosing AppDynamics.

Airbnb, 9GAG, and Asana are some of the popular companies that use Amazon CloudWatch, whereas AppDynamics is used by Intuit, Zalando, and Okta. Amazon CloudWatch has a broader approval, being mentioned in 721 company stacks & 334 developers stacks; compared to AppDynamics, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 11 developer stacks.

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Farzeem Diamond Jiwani
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Hey there! We are looking at Datadog, Dynatrace, AppDynamics, and New Relic as options for our web application monitoring.

Current Environment: .NET Core Web app hosted on Microsoft IIS

Future Environment: Web app will be hosted on Microsoft Azure

Tech Stacks: IIS, RabbitMQ, Redis, Microsoft SQL Server

Requirement: Infra Monitoring, APM, Real - User Monitoring (User activity monitoring i.e., time spent on a page, most active page, etc.), Service Tracing, Root Cause Analysis, and Centralized Log Management.

Please advise on the above. Thanks!

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Hi Folks,

I am trying to evaluate Site24x7 against AppDynamics, Dynatrace, and New Relic. Has anyone used Site24X7? If so, what are your opinions on the tool? I know that the license costs are very low compared to other tools in the market. Other than that, are there any major issues anyone has encountered using the tool itself?

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Lucas Rincon
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what are the most important things you are looking for the tools to do? each has their strong points... are you looking to monitor new tech like containers, k8s, and microservices?

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Pros of Amazon CloudWatch
Pros of AppDynamics
  • 76
    Monitor aws resources
  • 46
    Zero setup
  • 30
    Detailed Monitoring
  • 23
    Backed by Amazon
  • 19
    Auto Scaling groups
  • 11
    SNS and autoscaling integrations
  • 5
    Burstable instances metrics (t2 cpu credit balance)
  • 3
    HIPAA/PCI/SOC Compliance-friendly
  • 1
    Native tool for AWS so understand AWS out of the box
  • 18
    Deep code visibility
  • 11
    Powerful
  • 7
    Great visualization
  • 7
    Real-Time Visibility
  • 6
    Easy Setup
  • 5
    Comprehensive Coverage of Programming Languages
  • 3
    Deep DB Troubleshooting
  • 2
    Excellent Customer Support

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Cons of Amazon CloudWatch
Cons of AppDynamics
  • 1
    Poor Search Capabilities
  • 5
    Expensive
  • 2
    Poor to non-existent integration with aws services

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What is Amazon CloudWatch?

It helps you gain system-wide visibility into resource utilization, application performance, and operational health. It retrieve your monitoring data, view graphs to help take automated action based on the state of your cloud environment.

What is AppDynamics?

AppDynamics develops application performance management (APM) solutions that deliver problem resolution for highly distributed applications through transaction flow monitoring and deep diagnostics.

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