Amazon CloudWatch

RATING:

4.6

(19)

About Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatch is an automated testing software designed to help DevOps engineers, IT managers, developers and site reliability engineers (SREs) monitor application performances. The platform enables administrators to set up alarms, detect anomalous behavior and troubleshoot issues across environments. Managers can respond to performance changes and track the operational health of infrastructures on a unified interface. Amazon CloudWatch allows teams to collect and analyze metrics from distributed AWS applications including Amazon S3 and Amazon DynamoDB. Additionally, supervisors can also gain insights into log analytics and address operational issues in real-time. Amazon CloudWatch lets businesses integrate the system with AWS Identity and Access Management to con...

Amazon CloudWatch Pricing

No up-front commitment or minimum fee; you simply pay for what you use.

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Amazon CloudWatch Reviews

Overall Rating

4.6

Ratings Breakdown

Secondary Ratings

Ease-of-use

4

Customer Support

4

Value for money

5

Functionality

4.5

Most Helpful Reviews for Amazon CloudWatch

1 - 5 of 19 Reviews

User Profile

Donny

Verified reviewer

Information Technology and Services, 201-500 employees

Used daily for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

5

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed June 2023

Cloudwatch is great for Application Logs!

Our experience has been good and has helped us catch issues and solve them before anyone notices!

PROS

It is easy to go into Amazon Cloudwatch and see if we are having any issues with our websites or APIs.

CONS

So far we have had no issues with Amazon Cloudwatch.

Omer

Verified reviewer

Information Technology and Services, 1 employee

Used weekly for less than 2 years

Review Source: GetApp
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

4

EASE OF USE

3

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

5

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed May 2022

CloudWatch gives x-ray vision of AWS resource

Using CloudWatch is an indispensable tool to keep track of our logs, metrics, events, alerts, etc. We use its metrics to alert us when something is not right in our infrastructure. We also keep track of application logs coming from different resources to simplify finding and resolving bugs. We also use it to automate tasks we need to run at scheduled times.

PROS

It is easy-to-use monitoring and observability service that readily works with AWS services.

CONS

Accessing and searching log data can get more difficult as you start to have more log data and when logging data from multiple AWS resources if you don't use Log Insights.

Reason for choosing Amazon CloudWatch

Simple and easily integrated with AWS services.

krishna

Information Technology and Services, 11-50 employees

Used daily for less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

4

EASE OF USE

4

VALUE FOR MONEY

4

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

3

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed September 2022

my experience with Amazon CloudWatch

overall experience with cloud watch was great is good I would recommend every who uses AWS should learn cloud watch. metrics to monitor all services at single place set alarms on required conditions and action that should be taken like send notifications using SNS service which is easy to use with cloud watch or scale accordingly, cloud watch is must for monitoring AWS

PROS

Amazon CloudWatch is a monitoring service from AWS here you can easily monitor almost all services of AWS that you use and want to monitor, also at a single place that is of great use. we can create dashboards of selected matrics and multiple dashboards can make monitoring easy and fast alarms can be set on conditions which will help to take necessary measures accordingly.

CONS

CloudWatch is a great tool it does not have many flaws, there are a few minor issues like you have to learn how to set up a cloud watch for monitoring and It might take some time , custom metrics will cost you, some important metrics are not available like storage monitoring.

Anonymous

51-200 employees

Used weekly for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

3

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed May 2022

CloudWatch brings visibility to your AWS stack

You don't have to use AWS for very long to have this happen: you've got instances and tasks and containers and all kinds of "machines", whether physical or virtual, running all over the place, and you want to figure out how to see what's going on internally with one of them. Maybe you just want a quick look at the Apache logs. In the "good old days" you'd just SSH into the instance. But with Docker and virtualization and everything, that's not so easily said and done anymore. Enter CloudWatch. Think of it as a centralized logging store. When you start up containers and instances and tasks and such, you can ask AWS to automatically have whatever you are spinning up log its internals to CloudWatch. You can then jump into CW anytime you need to take a look at what's happening inside that box. Need Apache logs? They're right there. Even better, they are searchable using a good (but not great) interface. Also, CW will bring together the logs from separate ECS tasks into one log group, if you want. So if you have a handful of tasks running, you can search across all of them in one go and find the misbehaving one much more easily than SSH'ing into 6 instances trying to locate the culprit. Extra bonus: with just a teeny bit of coding on your end you can actually have your application log items to CW directly. Use Lambda to monitor it, and push that to Slack, and you've got custom monitoring, built into your AWS stacks. CW is critical to doing AWS right.

PROS

* One-stop shopping for visibility on all your instances (and tasks and sub-instances and whatever else that AWS makes it so easy to spin up but then so hard to keep track of later) * Easy to hook into Lambda (which can then call to Slack or some other service) so that you can get push notifications about whatever's happening

CONS

* The search facility is not as good as it probably could be. If you have a line of output from a log, for instance, and you want to see where that line of output came from, and you do not know which log group it's from, you are out of luck. You can only search inside a log or log group, which means you have to know where the output came from to start with, but that might be exactly the issue you're trying to figure out in the first place: where is this output coming from. * AWS instances and tasks automatically start up with CW integration but that can quickly result in loads of orphaned CW log groups and such if you then do away with the instances but don't remember to go into CW and kill those as well.

Reason for choosing Amazon CloudWatch

No other option really, other than simply looking at manual log files, which isn't really an option with the way AWS is designed. CW is one of the reasons why AWS works.

User Profile

Darian

Verified reviewer

Insurance, 201-500 employees

Used daily for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

4

EASE OF USE

5

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed November 2021

Review of Amazon Cloudwatch

Cloudwatch is used best when it is used with all the other AWS services. I wouldn't really say you use Cloudwatch by itself, it's always to check or report on another service. With that said, Cloudwatch really excels at monitoring once you put in the time to setup metrics. Otherwise, you sit on a wealth of potential data that ends up not being used.

PROS

Cloudwatch is best used when we try to identify/debug our code. We check logs for our cloud functions through cloudwatch and due to it being realtime it allows us to quickly diagnose any issues. By making our functions verbose, our logs become clear to sort through as well. Cloudwatch also allows us to monitor our servers load. We have some automations to post on our channels when certain servers have too much load, low memory, or when too many error events have occurred in a short period. This has allowed us to resolve issues as fast as possible.

CONS

I think the slowness can sometimes be a limiting factor. Opening several pages of logs at the same time will slow down the system. This happens to me because I usually am trying to find specific text that was output, but there is no search for data within the log files, just for the filenames of the log files (which in my case is not helpful).