Amazon CloudWatch vs StatsD

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Amazon CloudWatch vs StatsD: 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, StatsD is detailed as "Simple daemon for easy stats aggregation". StatsD is a front-end proxy for the Graphite/Carbon metrics server, originally written by Etsy's Erik Kastner. StatsD is a network daemon that runs on the Node.js platform and listens for statistics, like counters and timers, sent over UDP and sends aggregates to one or more pluggable backend services (e.g., Graphite).

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

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, StatsD provides the following key features:

  • buckets: Each stat is in its own "bucket". They are not predefined anywhere. Buckets can be named anything that will translate to Graphite (periods make folders, etc)
  • values: Each stat will have a value. How it is interpreted depends on modifiers. In general values should be integer.
  • flush: After the flush interval timeout (defined by config.flushInterval, default 10 seconds), stats are aggregated and sent to an upstream backend service.

"Monitor aws resources" is the top reason why over 70 developers like Amazon CloudWatch, while over 6 developers mention "Single responsibility" as the leading cause for choosing StatsD.

StatsD is an open source tool with 14.1K GitHub stars and 1.83K GitHub forks. Here's a link to StatsD's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Amazon CloudWatch has a broader approval, being mentioned in 707 company stacks & 321 developers stacks; compared to StatsD, which is listed in 72 company stacks and 16 developer stacks.

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Pros of Amazon CloudWatch
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    Monitor aws resources
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    Zero setup
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    Detailed Monitoring
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    Backed by Amazon
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    Auto Scaling groups
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    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
  • 9
    Open source
  • 7
    Single responsibility
  • 5
    Efficient wire format
  • 3
    Loads of integrations
  • 3
    Handles aggregation
  • 1
    Many implementations
  • 1
    Scales well
  • 1
    Simple to use
  • 1
    NodeJS

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Cons of Amazon CloudWatch
Cons of StatsD
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    Poor Search Capabilities
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    No authentication; cannot be used over Internet

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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 StatsD?

It is a network daemon that runs on the Node.js platform and listens for statistics, like counters and timers, sent over UDP or TCP and sends aggregates to one or more pluggable backend services (e.g., Graphite).

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