Amazon CloudWatch vs New Relic: What are the differences?
Amazon CloudWatch: 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; New Relic: SaaS Application Performance Management for Ruby, PHP, .Net, Java, Python, and Node.js Apps. New Relic is the all-in-one web application performance tool that lets you see performance from the end user experience, through servers, and down to the line of application code.
Amazon CloudWatch can be classified as a tool in the "Cloud Monitoring" category, while New Relic 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, New Relic provides the following key features:
- Performance Data Retention
- Real-User Response Time, Throughput, & Breakdown by Layer
- App Response Time, Throughput, & Breakdown by Component
"Monitor aws resources" is the top reason why over 70 developers like Amazon CloudWatch, while over 411 developers mention "Easy setup" as the leading cause for choosing New Relic.
Airbnb, Spotify, and StackShare are some of the popular companies that use New Relic, whereas Amazon CloudWatch is used by Airbnb, 9GAG, and Asana. New Relic has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3142 company stacks & 576 developers stacks; compared to Amazon CloudWatch, which is listed in 721 company stacks and 334 developer stacks.
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