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Amazon CloudWatch review by Akshay N.
Akshay N.
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"Monitoring and alarms for your AWS resources"

What do you like best?

Amazon Cloudwatch gives you the ability to create dashboards off of metrics.Since the cloudwatch can be very easy integrated with other AWS products thus it is a preffered software for setting alarms when things go wrong.It allows you to know the state and health of all of your infrastructure and you can alert, graph, and monitor the health and state of every piece. It solved the issue of not knowing the state of your system.

What do you dislike?

Its can be used only for monitoring of your amazon resources.

Also its takes lots of work to setup CloudWatch alarms - nothing is really straightforward.

Notifications are limited to email addresses

Checks for things like EC2 instances often have to be created and maintained individually

Recommendations to others considering the product

cloudwatch is a great way to get information about all your hardware in Amazon Web Service. It allows you to know the state and health of all of your infrastructure and you can alert, graph, and monitor the health and state of every piece. It solved the issue of not knowing the state of your system.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Amazon CloudWatch is well suited for anyone that's using AWS and wants to see into their data, their traffic, or their system health.

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Amazon CloudWatch review by Philip E.
Philip E.
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"Absolutely great monitoring tool for cloud applications"

What do you like best?

I like the intuitive interface, you can have relevant alarms setup within minutes. We have mostly transitioned to an Azure based platform but AWS is second to none in support and putting the right options in front of you for your goals. Its so quick to setup, and to adjust relevant alarms.

What do you dislike?

We dont tend to see the same growth of the platform with AWS as with Azure, it seems to have reached maturity while Azure still seems to be a bit of the wild west. Regardless, it so clean and intuitive to use that perhaps they dont NEED to grow in terms of features. I rarely run into a situation where what I needed to setup wasnt immeditately clear, and when I did AWS support was quick and helpful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

From a sheer useability standpoint I would recommend AWS in general over the competitors, that includes the Cloudwatch service. So clean and easy to use, it receives an A+ from me.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

While we have mostly transitioned to an Azure platform, we still have some customers that prefer to remain within the AWS family. We use this tool to monitor their EC2 and other services for issues, and then to send alarms when necessary to the appropriate teams.

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Amazon CloudWatch review by Abhai S.
Abhai S.
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"A powerful tool for cloud management."

What do you like best?

The best part about CloudWatch is the ability to set up and remove alarms that can communicate with Amazon's Lambda service to auto run functions. This is useful whenever you need to script something whenever a certain usage level is reached.

What do you dislike?

With so many different metric options available it can be kind of difficult at times to get the exact type of metric you want without having to have a multitude of metric options on.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problem most small scale companies run into that aren't on the cloud is that of usage. The question of whether we're using our servers effectively isn't always a readily available piece of information to view. With Amazon CloudWatch combined with elastic load balancing and auto scaling on EC2 instances, this process of scaling up and down the number of EC2 instances becomes a breeze and an effective means of computing on the cloud.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Johnny P.
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"Great cloud monitoring service for our workloads"

What do you like best?

I love Amazon Cloudwatch for it's ease of integration with other products and also because of it's ease of use and pricing. AWS is the least expensive cloud provider out there, does excellent user experience research because their products are super easy to use. Additionally the configuration is seamless and the monitoring is thorough. Amazon is constantly suprising me with the quality of their products and Cloudwatch is not an exception

What do you dislike?

I do not like how it does not integrate with a few of our on-prem applications. This unfortunately requires us to two multiple vendors as a result and increases cost in the end. Additionally while the user interface is very intuitive the issue is that it hides a lot of complexity and some of the more complex configuration patterns are obtuse as a result

Recommendations to others considering the product

Switch! Also, read the dcoumentation provided by amazon. Their documentation is awesome, especially the little blurbs and pictures at the bottom

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cloudwatch assists us in application performance and workload visibility. Additionally it helps us with forecasting future needs. The exports help us with reporting and the biggest problem it solves is that it helps us actually fix the performance issues as a results of being able to identify them in the first place.

Amazon CloudWatch review by alkesh g.
alkesh g.
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"The best monitoring service offered by amazon!!"

What do you like best?

i have been working with Amazon CloudWatch , and it ease the work managing AWS resources and AWS services which includes Amazon EC2,EBS,S3, and there is no limit on the number of instances, with that you can monitor your instance with various monitoring aspects and different parameters, you can also able to download the generated matrices and also watch on the console,you can also set alarm threshold and define the actions to take which is very interesting feature of AWS cloudWatch!!

What do you dislike?

the Quality of support is not so good , and pricing are little bit high!!

Recommendations to others considering the product

it's very easy to use software product to manage all your AWS resources , it'll customize the all management task for AWS resources!!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we're using Amazon CloudWatch for 3-4 years to manage all the resources and services like EC2 and S3!!

Amazon CloudWatch review by Patrick F.
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"Basic but reliable, simple, no-brainer"

What do you like best?

The reason this is a no brainer is because if you use AWS, it comes OUT OF THE BOX. Woohoo don't even need to install datadog or New Relic. You just go to the AWS page for your machine and wala! There's a interactive, searchable graph for most metrics you care about.

What do you dislike?

The UI is a bit ugly, but so is the rest of AWS. You also can't send custom metrics to AWS so it's not customizable at all.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yes you should use AWS and Amazon CloudWatch because the set up is so easy and CloudWatch comes at no additional cost.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main thing is detecting problems sooner. With Cloud watch, anomalies are easy to find so you can start debugging an issue before your users can complain.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Amazon CloudWatch - Awesome tool for Insights of Billing , Logs and Performance in AWS cloud"

What do you like best?

Amazon CloudWatch makes it easy to monitor the services of AWS making is easy for administrator ,root user or the developer to keep track of the usage of the various services and track the the cost incurred (through Billing option) of the services enables .

It also helps in monitoring the health when it is used with Clod Agent on a EC2 instance.

Setting Alarm and Alert option are also some of the best feature of CloudWatch.

What do you dislike?

Cloudwatch doesn't provide any option to quickly filter out and identify specific IP addresses that have a high request volume in a certain time frame.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use of Amazon CloudWatch is highly recommended for monitoring the EC2 services,etc. Also for a individual developer its recommended to use CloudWatch to track the bandwidth of the service used and Billing details.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

From Business Intelligence point of view and performance monitoring when the organization is using multiple amazon services , CloudWatch is very beneficial and saves time and money as it is integrated with AWS.Using other 3rd party services for same might be costly for the organization.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Jay T.
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"Amazon CloudWatch is an essential tool for governing your system-wide resources and app management"

What do you like best?

It helps us manage our budget. It is very good.We use cloud watch in debugging production issues and tracking trending data. Development team use it in our development environment to debug new code.

It solved the issue of not knowing the state of your system.

Error Management.

Infrastructure alerting.

Pay as you go.

Better debugging and pointers to save money.

What do you dislike?

I love almost everything about it. Although budget based stuff should be more.

I would like the ability to create more customization dashboards.

The way log streams are used feels very counter-intuitive

cumbersome compared to other solutions.

Support is not free

The interface is clunky.

Setting alarms when things go wrong so we get alerts

It is not very open. It is for a very closed environment

you do not get a bang for your buck.

Ability to have control and customize it with a script. I am not able to create a script that would meet my needs.

Amazon can do better on giving better pointers so that users can save more money.

The dashboard can be organized better and should contain better suggestions so that users know what should they do to save more money

Better and bigger graphs would be appreciated.

Automatic comparison reports would also be appreciated

Recommendations to others considering the product

Automate everything

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Budget.

Setting alarms when things go wrong so we get alerts.

Its integrations with other AWS products.

Having structure and control for money.

Tracking usage

Creating reports on budgeting.

allocate resources and money based on the input

analyze usage and budgets

Figure out how to save money

Amazon CloudWatch review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"CloudWatch Exceeds Expectations"

What do you like best?

VISIBILITY ACROSS YOUR APPLICATIONS, INFRASTRUCTURE, AND SERVICES

REDUCE MEAN TIME TO RESOLUTION (MTTR) AND IMPROVE TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP (TCO)

What do you dislike?

Amazon CloudWatch alerts appear to only allow you to set “Alarms” for things already exposed & integrated to publish metrics to CloudWatch. Additionally, and more importantly: AWS CloudWatch Alarms are ALWAYS ON. This might not seem to be a bad thing initially, as you’d think you want to get alerts for most things you put Alarms on. However, in practice and at a large company this starts down the slippery slope towards over-alerting and Alarm Fatigue. It also means that the more alarms you have, the more possibility that you or your coworkers will be WOKEN UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT UNEXPECTEDLY or have to handle an alert 24/7!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Setting up logging, alams, and dashboard views of our AWS infastructure.

Love the pay as you go modle and overall product optimization year after year.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Karl D.
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"If you're using AWS, to host servers - Use CloudWatch to monitor them."

What do you like best?

I like that Cloudwatch comes out of the box with built in metrics to monitor for EC2, Storage volumes, Load Balancers, Cache software, Databases and Amazons Simple Storage (S3). I also like that you can install modules on your servers to monitor whatever you like with CloudWatch.

What do you dislike?

I wish there were more built-in metrics to monitor out of the box, but I'm sure it's coming with time. Amazon is constantly developing new and improving their tools.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are plenty of other monitoring softwaretools out there that do the job. Honestly the support from Amazon is great compared to what we've experienced. Be ready to come with a successful company before using amazon though, they do charge a pretty penny.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With CloudWatch we've set up dashboards which allow us to monitor all of our critical production systems as well as any environment or set of machines we need. It's very easy to navigate and it's also very clear what we're paying for what we're monitoring which isn't always the case with other monitoring tools.

Amazon CloudWatch review by saikiran c.
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"Amazon cloud watch"

What do you like best?

Amazon CloudWatch is a monitoring and management service built for developers, system operators, site reliability engineers (SRE), and IT managers. CloudWatch provides you with data and actionable insights to monitor your applications, understand and respond to system-wide performance changes, optimize resource utilization, and get a unified view of operational health.

What do you dislike?

I've been hesitant to write about it because it feels like beating a dead horse, but so many people seem surprised by it, what harm can it do? Every synthetic and real-world benchmark that we've run are consistent with what virtually everyone else has observed. EC2's price-to-performance ratio is horrible. Although this is particularly noticeable with EC2, which can be anywhere from 1-5x more expensive and 2-8x slower, it's true of AWS in general (s3, cloudfront, route53 aren't the fastest options available).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Amazon CloudWatch, it is easy to get started. There is no up-front commitment or minimum fee; you simply pay for what you use.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User in Computer Software
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"Powerful Tool for Application Management"

What do you like best?

The integration of Cloudwatch with AWS's entire platform. Implementation for logging is as simple as linking applications and Lambda functions. No longer does one have to manually manage system logs in low level servers. Cloudwatch allows for metrics other than logging such as realtime application performance and urgent error attention notifications.

What do you dislike?

The Cloudwatch platform is not intuitive to use. There is a large learning curve to the system and notifications are obnoxious rather than helpful. Application prioritization is not available and interface is unchangeable. Alarms are unorganized and do not clearly show metrics such as Application and date/time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

AWS CloudWatch works great if you are already taking advantage of AWS's services, this way, everything is connected in a single platform.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

No longer do we have to manually monitor logs and analyze logs to gauge performance. Cloudwatch allows us to seamlessly integrate logging with all of our AWS services and have a consolidated view of all activities on the platform. Notifications can be set to alarm us when attention is needed. We have realized that the need for in house servers has dropped significantly.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Quan N.
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"Important monitoring service for your product "

What do you like best?

Amazon CloudWatch provides monitoring for AWS cloud resources and the applications customers run on AWS.

+ It is usefull to get an overview of data.

+ Ease to integration with AWS.

+ CloudWatch is low cost and allows us to get enterprise level monitoring.

+ Captures all the important data for your EC2 and EBS instances. Thus you can retrieve the bill info.

What do you dislike?

+ Many of AWS services can't be use with CloudWatch such as S3... I don't know why.

+ The UI design can be better.

+ Exporting alarm / alerting data is not available for further post-processing or analysis

+ CloudWatch does not give you any recommendations, so you have to know what you're doing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Adding more metrics so we can hook to more operational processes and information.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Cloudwatch to measure our usage in RDS and EC2 instances. It displays the current status of the suite and identify whats going on..

Amazon CloudWatch review by Manuel J.
Manuel J.
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"Cloudwatch, Amazon monitoring tool"

What do you like best?

What I like best is the easy to integrate with all Amazon components, where you can monitor logs, events and healthy of your platform

What do you dislike?

It's not easy to connect some times this integrations as it need to have deep knowledge of that integration and know in detail

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's the best to to use in Amazon as it is integrated

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have realized many integrations with cloudwatch to the date, monitoring all my components una ratio of 5' for the free layer and other more critical to 10 seconds, connected some trigger events with Lambdas to deliver a response or action

Amazon CloudWatch review by Patryk B.
Patryk B.
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"AWS Monitoring"

What do you like best?

With CloudWatch you can collect data which are helpful in monitoring of you devices or services - logs, metrics, and events. The is that CloudWatch can be set to alarm you on particular events which you are interested so you can see if all is working ok.

What do you dislike?

If it will be setup to run to often and on many servers it can be an expensive solution so like has to be done in reasonable manner.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mostly we use it for monitoring if services and servers are ok if not to inform us also it monitor costs in aws.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Guneet S.
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"Great log platform for Cloud "

What do you like best?

It is over the cloud, so I do not need to worry about software installation. I just created few alarms and automatically the logs are getting generated. Our whole project is deployed on AWS, simply loving the cloudwatch.

What do you dislike?

It is taking bit extra time to generate realtime logs, around 4-5 sec delay in log generation which I have noticed. After running the app in real time we have to wait for few seconds to generate the new log.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I will recommend to others to use cloud watch. It is very light tool and easy to use. My colleagues are likely started using this platform for their project purpose. AWS has one good feature on single login you will able to access all their software development tools. Also you can activate the services easily.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Every application need log to check what is happening around the application. This is done by AWS cloudwatch for our application. This is a great cloud platform to monitor logs. We can create alarms to get notify. There are few more great features like auto scale, db monitoring and security.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Haresh S.
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"Ideal way to figure out the CPU-utilization"

What do you like best?

The name stands out for itself to a large extent and i prefer the disk read and write operation and also network in and out mechanisms apart from the best way to tap into the CPU utilization for AWS based clustering,i use a lot of clustering and regression algorithms andthe name stands out and makes a niche for itself in a way,here i dont have to modify or change the already set ports and notifications are linked to email address.

Everytime there is an update it hits me right there,EC2 instance has to be created which is pretty good for tag level and root nodes

What do you dislike?

It is not optimized for cloud scaling and the assertions mechanism gives a way for me to figure out the memory space utilized till date if it is greater than a certain threshold level of data and also the database connections if it hits more than 4000 pings per minute and also the all parameters are scattered across the web based front end making the UI cluttered ,clunky and tough to use and the cloud scale monitoring could be improvised and there is room for future improvements

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can monitor the health of ec2 instance always and infrastructure alerts are classy way to stay connected about the AWS tools and dashboard off metrics are a must try feature

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All components were monitored timely ,now we are able to swap ,ram and disk usage periodically and it has the ownset of plugins which are remarkable and also makes the app user friendly like check_mk and check whether background process is running or not

Amazon CloudWatch review by Adam .
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"Cloud monitoring service on steroids"

What do you like best?

Basically it's a monitoring service for AWS ... but it so much more. It allows you not only to monitor and track every metric of your environment. You can easily create autonomus monitoring system reacting to changes in cloud infrastructure or to application events. You can create your own alarms, own metrics or even collect and track log files using CloudWatch Logs. It's flexible and easy to use and what's realy importand deeply integrated with almost all AWS services. You can create time based events (cron like) to trigger defined actions or lambda functions.

What do you dislike?

Metrics presentation layer, especially custom dashboards could be improved. I would really like to create multi metric and multi event dashboard that could be used by our NoC team to monitor our whole AWS infrastructure in one place. Instance memory metrics should be accessible as native mertric not as a custom one.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can monitor metrics of your EC2 instances, databases and your own applications.If you put a litte work in to it, it could be only monitoring tool that you need for your AWS Infrastructure. I't reliable, easy to configure, easy to use and works with almost all AWS managed services.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring our public cloud environment. We'r using it in so many ways: for auto EC2 instance auto recovery actions when there is a problem with underlying hardware or instance operating system, we'r running scheduled events like volume backups or stopping/stargin EC2 instances, we'r tracking application logs and triggering some lambda functions when predefined event occur.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"CloudWatch watches while you sleep!"

What do you like best?

Cloudwatch is extremely dynamic for managing your services when it to monitoring. You can view your deployed services calls by setting the time-frame as you how far you want to go in history. YOu can also set alarms for multiple things, like when a deployed service on the EC2 instance starts consuming more memory than it actually should. Defining rules as decide what should happen at what time frame, like a dataload to take place everyday at 3:00am. Thiings like these help you manage the deployed services and only lets you know when something goes wrong. Like a service stops working, or maybe a depoyment failed, etc. The most important part is the Logs. The developers can anytime open the logs, and debug their services using those logs. CloudWatch has pretty well managed the service watch till now, and is very good at it too.

What do you dislike?

Something that catches your attention(negatively) multiple times is the UI for the Logs. Though the developers can monitor the logs and debug the service in real time, once there is a huge amount of loggers, the UI does not seem to be too friendly for you to look into, and actually, takes a toll on the person doing the job.

Recommendations to others considering the product

In case there's a need to monitor the logs, I'd suggest directing the logs to AppDynamics.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have been developing microservices in SpringBoot and deploying the Jars on Amazon EC2 using the Jenkins pipeline pointing to private Github. As compared to a scenario where we deployed the services to a docker on a server, this works way better. We could only see the command-prompt logs in docker, but now the logs are dynamically loaded, with multiple features taking care of the memory and data aspects.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Emanuele C.
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"Very good product to dev fast and enable new AWS features"

What do you like best?

At my previous startup (Theneeds), using CW allowed us to build a monitoring platform w/ no maintenance. We had to set up statsd+graphite for application metrics, mostly because we were unaware that we could have integrated them into CW (or maybe that wasn't available yet). But I'd certainly go for CW if I had to today.

It's also a must to enable features such as autoscaling, and adding application metrics can enable interesting use case like scaling preemptively (e.g. when the number of users increases, before even they trigger cpu-intensive tasks).

What do you dislike?

At my current job scale is much bigger, so we have internal tools for monitoring and metrics - while it'd be possible to integrate w/ CW, it's prob too expensive. There are many interesting applications that CW could help build, especially with focus on security, like tapping into network traffic in a much scalable and efficient way that what current biz partners offer (which I understand, would only apply to a very small number of AWS customers though).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

System metrics are mostly needed in case of emergency, and this is when you realize they aren't working. It's a ton of effort for a small team, and CW completely removes it.

The other great thing is understanding your patterns, e.g. how cpu fluctuate during the week, so you can set up autoscaling and verify the improvement.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Glenn J.
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"Amazon CloudWatch helped me fix my problem"

What do you like best?

Amazon CloudWatch is a great method of seeing what has happened to your system when you cannot view it directly. This allows you to view problems that happen overnight or anytime.

What do you dislike?

Amazon CloudWatch is a bit difficult to setup. Once setup, it runs without a problem.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to find out what is happening with your EC2 instance use CloudWatch.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I had an EC2 Linux system running that was constantly failing and could see why it was failing until I got CloudWatch to monitor the EC2 instance. After i got CloudWatch started I was able to see the problem and correct it. It was great.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Administrator in Computer Software
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"Help in the wost of times"

What do you like best?

I like cloudwatch because it is a catch all place for many different services running on AWS. It allows me to do a quick check when things have gone wrong to see if I can spot a possible cause. It can be a little overwhelming to dig through logs and other information to find problems but can be a lifesaver at times.

What do you dislike?

As stated above, it can be hard to discern problems at times due to the amount of information being collected and having to sort through it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Read the docs first and really try to target the metrics and events your are looking for. Too many events/alarms and you'll get lost.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps us to have a first stop in diagnosing a problem to keep our operation running smoothly without orders getting lost in the mix.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Antonio F.
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"Best solution for monitoring multiples AWS services"

What do you like best?

High customizable service.

Possibility to interface many aws services with Cloudwatch.

Solution for Devops people and Monitor Team

Are a managed service which can be easily provisioned from within your AWS account with no extra purchases. They are easy to work with via AWS console or CLI. You can search the logs or filter them easily via one or more metric filters. You can even tag CloudWatch Log Groups, making this task even easier.

What do you dislike?

Not very simple to understand potentiality of Cloudwatch.

Documentation is not for beginner people

Recommendations to others considering the product

Amazon CloudWatch can generate a substantial amount of useful data but interpreting that data is not always trivial. If you are looking for insights about optimizing your configuration then the data from Amazon CloudWatch could be helpful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Autoscaling with Load average.

Monitoring some custom metrics

Amazon CloudWatch review by Gaurav P.
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"Makes your life in the cloud easy to monitor"

What do you like best?

The ability to track and monitor a large number of resources that you use in the AMZ cloud. Being able to produce metrics, alarms and notify in case of any hiccups to your resources in the cloud is pretty amazing.

Costs can be controlled for variable or stable load using cloudwatch. The alarms help my service operations team be able to look at any problems almost at real time.

What do you dislike?

The cloudwatch dashboard is a little cluttered and some work needs to be done by amazon in terms of improving the usability of the dashboard. The information captured in cloudwatch alarms can be improved, currently it tells you there is a problem but doesnt tell you a lot about the problem (logs etc)

Recommendations to others considering the product

To be able to use the full potential of AMZ cloudwatch you need to be using the full suite of AMZ cloud services. DynamoDB, redshift and Lambda are products that go well with cloudwatch. Using cloudwatch and lambda our application is able to support dev ops to automatically scale up the infrastructure (spin up new servers / VMs on the go) to allocate more horsepower.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My application uses DynamoDB, Lambda, Redshift and a bunch of other cloud based services from amazon. Being in service operations we require realtime monitoring and tracking, maintaining metrics, being able to scale up as needed and have the application team alerted when say DynamoDB is at high reads/writes or being throttles. Cloudwatch alarms help us tremendously to do this.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Manjushri S.
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"Amazon Cloudwatch "

What do you like best?

I have been using Amazon Cloudwatch for over 1 year to monitor all the inhouse applications. Cloud watch is great with SNS to send out emails/alerts when certain thresholds are reached. It is also a great tool for monitoring Ec2 instance usage, termination and also checking lambda logs.

What do you dislike?

Cloudwatch has some limits on things like - the number of alarms per month for free per region, number of API requests ; which can limit the monitoring capabilities for large companies with huge number of applications on cloud.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Have been using AWS cloud watch on the console to view SNS topic metrics, using logs for debugging any lambda function failures. Also, graphs on the cloud watch integrated with different dashboards like SNS can be very intuitive to understand the usage of resources at real time.

Amazon CloudWatch review by shareef h.
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"Great but small feedback to enhance"

What do you like best?

historical cloud watch stays there. and I can see old instances history as well

What do you dislike?

some metrics are empty and don't know why like for example if am not using t2 instance why the metric show cpu credit usage, this increases time I have to spend on documentation to understand or even call support to ask.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Add vedio documentation is very great

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

optimizing rush hours to reduce resource and as result the bill.

I love slow log in RDS and backups

Amazon CloudWatch review by Jaime J.
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"Great for beginners, but lacks notification options. "

What do you like best?

I like that the data can be viewed in a graph format. Being able to see the exact time data spikes helpful when monitoring certain activity. I also like that you can set alerts that will notify you when something exceeds the set threshold.

What do you dislike?

Alert notifications are only sent via email. I also couldn't find a way to send the alerts to multiple people. Since people collaborate on projects when alerts are sent it's necessary for the alert to go to the entire team. That way everyone is informed of what is happening, and if action is required it can be handled immediately instead of waiting on 1 single person that may be unavailable.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mainly used to gather data to monitor application utilization and performance. The data captured is also used to help with troubleshooting crash reports.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User
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"A great tool to get insights "

What do you like best?

a great way to get information about all your hardware in Amazon Web Service. It allows you to know the state and health of all of your infrastructure and you can alert, graph, and monitor the health and state of every piece. It solved the issue of not knowing the state of your system.

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.

What do you dislike?

The interface is clunky.

The context sensitive help could be written more clearly.

cumbersome compared to other solutions

not 100% customizable.

Recommendations to others considering the product

CloudWatch is a great low-cost solution for infrastructure monitoring and alerting if you are an AWS customer. You basically get it for free and requires little setup. If you are not on AWS, you can't enjoy the benefits of CloudWatch, so if you are running multi-cloud, need to think about how you will monitor all of your resources and assets.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used it in our web app for improved response time for video streaming. Our web servers are already in EC2.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User
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"My Amazon CloudWatch opinion"

What do you like best?

It must be strongly to get access to all your data from a single platform. The Cloud Watch API can be used to easily collect, publish and store this data.

The best and most remarkable thing is that with Amazon CloudWatch, there are no initial commitments or minimum rates, you only pay for what you use. Use is charged at the end of the month.

Access from different platforms, such as API, command line interface (CLI), SDKs and the AWS administration console.

You can use logs that allow you to use the customized logs, the system and the applications you already have to monitor the systems and identify problems that arise in systems and applications. in real time they can be monitored to detect certain phrases, values ​​or patterns.

What do you dislike?

The negative is the payment, since you can not control what you have spent, so at the time of invoicing, the program invoices what you have used but there is no detail until the billing is done, which would change. Slight connectivity problems since it works with data in the cloud and online and if the server is being used, at least as I have used it, if it is more than 80% it is noticeably slowed down access to the cloud, so that partial and independent servers would also be another option that could be considered.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend it since it is a good tool to store your registration data in long-term storage, to be able to consult old data for comparisons, statistics and graphs, as well as internal reports. The events and alarms work perfectly and are good tools, as well as the panels that allow you to create, customize, save and interact with the graphs of the custom metrics

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used it to define alarms based on the number of errors detected in the logs of the system or to see graphics of the latency of the web requests in the logs of the applications. So we could consult the data of the original log to see the origin of the problem. These were stored and then we obtained access to them indefinitely at the request of the personnel requesting it, as well as commercial and future customers, thanks to the storage of high durability and low cost without worrying about the fact that the hard disk drives are full, which happened daily, so this tool solved us a lot in terms of internal space.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Oil & Energy
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"Nice tool to get insights into AWS infrastructure."

What do you like best?

CloudWatch is a great low-cost solution for infrastructure monitoring and alerting if you are an AWS customer. You basically get it for free and requires a little setup. If you are not on AWS, you can't enjoy the benefits of CloudWatch, so if you are running multi-cloud, need to think about how you will monitor all of your resources and assets.

What do you dislike?

No free support, Building CloudWatch dashboards can be cumbersome. You have to navigate through various screens to get the metrics you want to add, You have to build alerts and alarms yourself. CloudWatch does not give you any recommendations, so you have to know what you're doing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Amazon CloudWatch is well suited for anyone that's using AWS and wants to see into their data, their traffic, or their system health. It's the eyes and ears of AWS. It really is best for any scenario where you are hosting infrastructure with AWS and want to keep an eye on it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Infrastructure monitoring and Infrastructure alerting

Amazon CloudWatch review by Robert W.
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"Detailed and integrated"

What do you like best?

Being a cloud monitoring tool, it's important to be within if not integrated into the cloud environment. As CloudWatch is highly integrated into the AWS environment, it can provide detailed metrics that may not be available to other cloud monitoring tools running outside of the cloud.

What do you dislike?

Although cloudwatch provides detailed metrics, it doesn't allow for much customization beyond the pre-loaded reports.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Cloudwatch by itself is a great start to monitoring your cloud environment. However, we would recommend using multiple monitoring tools to get a more complete view of your overall cloud environment health.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Amazon CloudWatch to monitor our entire cloud operation. Then pulling CloudWatch metrics into Ansible and Chef, we are able to proactively fix any issues with little to no human interaction.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User in Pharmaceuticals
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"Amazon CloudWatch "

What do you like best?

Amazon CloudWatch is a cloud services platform developed by the US giant Amazon Cloud. AWS brings together more than 50 services in categories such as cloud storage, computing power, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and even video game development.

What do you dislike?

Even Though Amazon CloudWatch was meant to allow for an easier configuration and management of solutions in the Cloud, it is quite Costly and is sort of a "Closed" System that does not collaborate much with other systems.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Although it's a lilttle Expensive to maintain, it still offers a lot of advantages,

I would recommend however that that tool be given additional manageability and allow for better integration with other tools instead of being a sort of a closed system. This would greatly benefit users and allow synchronisity.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The Main Benefits that is reaped from using Amazon CloudWatch is the ability to have to rely on the Cloud and its expanse of capabilities. It gives one the opportunity to manage the system with just a connection to the cloud versus having an on-Prem tool that would need to be installed and managed.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Internal Consultant
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"Experiencia con Amazon CloudWatch"

What do you like best?

La mejor parte de CloudWatch es la capacidad de configurar y eliminar alarmas que pueden comunicarse con el servicio Lambda de Amazon para ejecutar funciones automáticamente. Esto es útil siempre que necesite escribir algo cada vez que se alcanza un determinado nivel de uso.

What do you dislike?

Con tantas opciones de métricas diferentes disponibles, a veces puede ser difícil obtener el tipo exacto de métrica que desea sin tener que tener una gran cantidad de opciones de métrica.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

El problema comercial con el que se topan la mayoría de las pequeñas empresas que no están en la nube es el de su uso. La cuestión de si estamos usando nuestros servidores de manera efectiva no es siempre una información fácilmente disponible para ver. Con Amazon CloudWatch combinado con balanceo de carga elástico y escalado automático en instancias EC2, este proceso de escalar hacia arriba y hacia abajo el número de instancias EC2 se convierte en una brisa y un medio efectivo de computación en la nube.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User
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"Good for small applications"

What do you like best?

If you're just starting out with smaller applications in the AWS cloud, then AWS cloudwatch is the right tool. When your company starts growing, along with your software becoming more mature, you may end up piping your logs to another system in order to do more analytics on it and gather better insights.

What do you dislike?

If you have to ever dig manually through logs to try to find something it can be a little overwhelming. The user interface could use some work

I would like the ability to create more customizable dashboards.

The way log streams are used feels very counterintuitive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Nice for industries

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We manage hundreds of virtualized machines in the AWS cloud, so we need a place to look up logs from all of these machines. We use cloudwatch in debugging production issues and tracking trending data. Devs use it in our dev environment to debug new code.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Administrator
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"Life Saver Amazon CloudWatch"

What do you like best?

its capabilities like to set high resolution alarms, visualize logs and metrics side by side, take automated actions, troubleshoot issues, and discover insights to optimize your applications, and ensure they are running smoothly.

What do you dislike?

There is a lot for improvement required.

Checks for things like EC2 instances often have to be created and maintained individually (eg a CPU check needs to be set for each instance vs at the group/tag level)

Notifications are limited to email addresses, when a lot of us use Slack, Pagerduty, webhooks, or something other than email these days

Recommendations to others considering the product

use its capabilities like to set high resolution alarms, visualize logs and metrics side by side, take automated actions, troubleshoot issues, and discover insights to optimize your applications, and ensure they are running smoothly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cloud Watch helps my team with data and actionable insights to monitor our applications, understand and respond to system-wide performance changes, optimize resource utilization, and get a unified view of operational health.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User in Retail
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"One stop shop for AWS Metrics"

What do you like best?

Easy to customize based on your requirement. We integrated this with Pagerduty for alerting.

Valuable tool for DevOps and Developers alike to troubleshoot Cloud infrastructure run time. I love the dashboard which is created for beanstalk shows breakdown of TPS, healthy/unhealthy host along with other metrics.

This is a managed service so easy viewable through AWS console or CLI. For customized solution you use AWS SDK.

What do you dislike?

The metrics are skewed up to 5 mins. So you can check metrics for last 5 mins and not up to the minute. It may take some time for new users to learn the nuances of this tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are on AWS you will be using AWS Cloudwatch. We use this actively for metrics on SQS, Elastic Beanstalk, EC2 etc. Once your project is out running you can see how different metrics all tie up together. You can build a dashboard of all the metrics you are interested in. We also have created alarms custom to our application. You can cron (time based events) to trigger defined actions or lambda functions. Very useful to actively monitor your cloud infrastructure.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use this tool for alerting and constantly monitor our Cloud infrastructure.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User in Computer Software
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"Relatively easy to use, confusing naming"

What do you like best?

Minimal interface, pretty intuitive, lots of functionality. Let's you schedule actions or trigger actions in response to events in your AWS environment.

What do you dislike?

AWS service names are confusing -- I thought CloudWatch was used for logging, didn't know it could also be used to schedule actions as well. The cron expressions used to select when to run actions are a bit of a hassle to figure out -- AWS could easily design a GUI for this or link to more concise documentation with better examples.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Probably need someone familiar with AWS to get up and running, otherwise, might consider a COTS product to interface with CloudWatch.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used to trigger AWS Lambda functions, commands on EC2 servers, SNS push notifications at designated times. This saves costs -- I don't need to stand up a EC2 server on an ongoing basis just to run cron jobs throughout the day.

Amazon CloudWatch review by anuj m.
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"cloudwatch is very useful service"

What do you like best?

best service to monitor and take care of our system, its collects the data and compile with condition we set if matched then it send the mail, we check the alert and check in our system for problems and solve them, it is very important and widely used services of AWS.

What do you dislike?

it have log problem, when we refresh the log it refresh single log not all the logs,

Recommendations to others considering the product

very strong and useful service of amazon to monitor and take care of health and wealth of servers and services.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

very strong and useful service of aws to monitor health and wealth of servers and services, most used service i can say.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Administrator in Automotive
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"Great product"

What do you like best?

I can view all logs, keep track of sales volumes for each day, week, month, etc. Which allows me to see where we are struggling. I also loved being able to supply my own logs for data, memory usage, sales volume, etc. It's nice being able to implement these things, although I thought the software did a good enough job on its own. I just wish their customer service had been more efficient. If they fix that, then I'll be a customer again in the future.

What do you dislike?

There were not enough options to support what we needed it for and customer service wasn't all that great either.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's great for everything it does, but their customer service really needs to improve. Once that happens, it'll be the best out there.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's allowing me to monitor all of our sales volumes. I realized it was excellent with keeping track of data usage as well through our company.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Jugraj S.
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"A universal place for all AWS Logs and other monitoring Tasks"

What do you like best?

CloudWatch is a set of tools that helps perform task like instances monitoring and log management.

Using Cloudwatch i configure to monitor for ideal instances so i can release those resources and save money.

What do you dislike?

Logs interface is kind of a mess. All logs of one application is collected under same name and hard to differentiate between info logs, debug logs and error logs. Also the message formatting is not supported there all message is a big one line warped into the screen.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Clowdwatch helps keep track of running instances and alert me about ideal instances. It also help me notify if i need to increase the machines.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Eldho. K. S.
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"Powerful AWS cloud monitoring service"

What do you like best?

With a simple interface to provide powerful actions in managing cloud resources. Best part is no installation is needed - it's easy as signing into cloud and selecting cloudwatch from services. Excellent in creating alarms and reviewing/visualizing current state of cloud resources.

What do you dislike?

There is a bit of delay with the real time logs which can be confusing at times. Also, some services integration and management requires expert knowledge

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used amazon cloudwatch to monitor and manage resources in our AWS - mainly to set up rules to detect performance issues (high memory/CPU usage) and to scale up before the whole system starts to bleed, affecting the business.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Joe T.
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"Amazon CloudWatch is an essential tool for governing you system-wide resources and app management"

What do you like best?

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 and 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.

What do you dislike?

The CloudWatch interface is utilitarian in nature but I not always as intuitive as I'd like.

Recommendations to others considering the product

CloudWatch is going to help you track your application's performance, manage utilization and maintain error logs. If you rely on AWS, you need Amazon CloudWatch.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

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.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Alexandre R.
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"A great service to monitor the health and other aspects of your cloud assets on Amazon AWS"

What do you like best?

CloudWatch is a very powerful and flexible monitoring service. It enables you to monitor all kinds of Amazon AWS services, EC2 instance data and setup notifications using Amazon SNS. The default notification uses email, but as it is an Amazon SNS service, you can easily setup push notifications and many other kind of notifications on the events.

The service enables you to monitor for failure, health and to trigger notifications based on data gathered from the target services.

What do you dislike?

As with many Amazon AWS services, it can take some time to get used to the way of thinking the Amazon AWS engineers designed it, specially with authorization and permissions. Its best feature also can backstab you for all the flexibility and openness can make you stop for some time until realizing how to setup the data monitoring you need and the notifications you want. Of course, Amazon AWS experienced users can make sense of everything really fast and use it, but newcomers can be stunned for some time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are using Amazon AWS services or any service based on Amazon AWS services and/or EC2 instances, this is the way to go. The tight integration of CloudWatch with all other Amazon AWS services and its flexibility makes it a perfect match for these contexts. There are also third-party cloud monitoring services based on CloudWatch that build upon it making it even more powerful or displaying its data on a more friendly/beautiful dashboard.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I needed monitoring EC2 instances, websites and domains for responsiveness and service health. I was able to quickly setup domain checks, website availability checks and various EC2 health data, as well as network traffic. Now the company can be proactive on the events of failure on the services.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User in Sports
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"Monitoring App Performance via AWS CloudWatch"

What do you like best?

The most important aspect of this tool is the ability to capture a wide variety of measures for different areas/parts of your app. With today's systems being vastly distributed, this is essential.

With CloudWatch you can capture metrics on such things as your: database instances, database engine, API calls, CPU utilization and many other areas.

You can set up alerts for messages/alarms when certain actions or thresholds are met. For example, when database instances are shutting down or when CPU utilization reaches a certain level.

What do you dislike?

The dashboard to view the metrics is pretty good/visual, but like any dashboard there is room for improvements. When diving into logs, it can be a bit cumbersome so a simplified version of logging files would help. I think they are making those improvements though, as you can now search by specific date/time ranges which have helped narrow down the possible issues you are searching for in the logs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Set up your top alarms and make sure you don't keep getting false positives due to your thresholds being too stringent.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring our apps.

Amazon CloudWatch review by David O.
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"Amazon CloudWatch"

What do you like best?

Ability to monitor our AWS resources (applications, servers, and api activities) in both development and production environment.

What do you dislike?

AWS CloudWatch is proprietary monitoring solution and is not extensible by default to other software without considerable integration or writing of glue codes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're going to be using AWS platform for DevOps or hosted infrastructure solution and want to dynamically scale resources based on demand, Amazon CloudWatch helps you to monitor resources by setting metrics and triggers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

AWS CloudWatch has helped us save greatly on resources by provisioning based on capacity demands from monitoring resource metrics like cpu or network performance to name a few.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User
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"Great for viewing your logs!"

What do you like best?

Easy to digest interface for viewing logs that are steaming from any resources you've allocated in Amazon Web Services.

What do you dislike?

If you're unfamiliar with how logs are tagged / how log streams or created it can be quite overwhelming searching for your correct logs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you've got anything running on AWS you might as well have CloudWatch logs associated with it. Don't worry about the overhead of learning the system. The barrier to entry is pretty low.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Storing and monitoring my logs stemming from EC2/Lambda instances in a single place. My logs are indeed now in a single place.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User in Computer Software
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"Starting Point for Monitoring in AW"

What do you like best?

Any application you run on your AWS cloud can be monitored by using the Amazon CloudWatch. Main advantages include Amazon EC2 (basic/detailed) monitoring, Elastic Load Balancer, and Custom Metric monitoring. A User can use (or set) alarms, graphical/statistical view, and respond to events in near real-time.

What do you dislike?

Checks for things like EC2 instances often have to be created and maintained individually, UI is pretty clunky and tough to use, it only allows you to set “Alarms” for things already exposed & integrated to publish metrics to CloudWatch.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We run our proprietary services over AWS to do POC (proof of concept) for our new customers and perform longevity tests on our enterprise products. It reduces our IT administration costs. Coming back to Cloud Watch, it helps us keeping all services up and ready to showcase to our new customers and dealing with any issue proactively.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Joanna D.
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"Only monitoring solution that you need in AWS"

What do you like best?

The best thing about the CloudWatch is that it just work and do what you expect it to do. You can monitor your whole AWS architecture and react for any unplaned situations lie a hardware error or load spike on your EC2 instance or ELB. In addition you can be notified about this events and even act proactively and do some automatic actions when the happens. You dont need to have any additional monitoring system like Nagios or Orion anymore. You can define your own custom metrics or process almost any text based logs using CloudWatch Logs.

What do you dislike?

It's actually good as it is. Maybe more andvanced and customisable dashboards could be nice.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It could save you a lot of time a money.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Infrastracture monitoring and alerting .

Amazon CloudWatch review by Sheehan A.
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"Relatively free/cheap monitoring solution if you are already on AWS "

What do you like best?

- Automatically available if you are an AWS customer

- Easy to setup alarms and KPI's

- Supports virtually every AWS service available, so if you need to monitor your servers, databases, or storage, it is a 1-stop shop for monitoring

- Has alerting thresholds that allow you to respond to events

- Low cost. Virtually free unless you exceed a certain threshold

- Has API support so you can automate it, or extend its capabilities

- AWS Mobile app support

What do you dislike?

- Dashboard is clunky and not visually appealing

- Can't save custom dashboards without using a 3rd party tool, or custom implementation

- E-mail notifications can be plenty, if there was a way to cull or consolidate e-mails it would be easier to manage

Recommendations to others considering the product

At a minimum if you are an AWS Customer setup alarms for all of your infrastructure to guarantee uptime. If you are in a position to make financial decisions or inform them, be sure to setup financial monitoring as well so you can predict your costs and watch them trend. Since CloudWatch is already deployed, all you have to do is configure it to your rules, and monitor the metrics you want to monitor and go on developing your apps.

If you need to extend some of the charts or dashboards you unfortunately can't save a custom dashboard or have them appear on an executive dashboard for management, so you will need to use the API's to build a custom one.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are monitoring our cloud infrastructure to garauntee uptime and availability. AWS allows auto-scaling and CloudWatch Alarms are setup to monitor peak thresholds so that our systems can scale accordingly with our traffic. AWS CloudWatch has allowed us the peace of mind and allowed us to save money by not implementing a monitoring solution ourselves, or purchasing other expensive off the shelf software as it comes with AWS free. There is very little setup, no deployment, and everything just works.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Dorrin P.
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"AWS cloudwatch"

What do you like best?

Ability to monitor services' stats and alert on them based on my desired limits. Also graphing the stats.

What do you dislike?

It gets hard to navigate and filter down the metrics as you have more of them. The dashboard and graphing capabilities is not on-par with tools such as grafana yet.

Doesn't provide container based monitoring for ECS. But that might be an issue with ECS rather than cloudwatch.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure to make the best use and set up alerts for billing. You can set up alerts for pretty much ever metric in the AWS environment. You can even set up your VPC flow logs in cloudwatch and filter on them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring the services in AWS and alerting off abnormalities.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Administrator
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"Measuring the performance of my resources with cloudwatch"

What do you like best?

I like it allows me tracking the performance of my stack specially after loadtests to measure the behaviour of machines and analyze if i need to add more resources to my stack or if i am in a risky situation

What do you dislike?

Adding new widgets in dashboards is not very intuitive many times, especially when you have too many machines/resources in the stack.

Recommendations to others considering the product

In my opinion the use of cloudwatch is highly recommended, especially for complex resource stacks. The measures that can be performed and the use of notifications allow us to draw conclusions regarding the performance of our resources and anticipate possible problems that, if not addressed in advance, can become serious problems.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Thanks to alarms and dashboards I am constantly aware of the performance and peaks of my resources, with amazon cloudwatch I am very calm because I can do a continuous analysis of my needs.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Ashish R.
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"Its best tool for monitoring for cloud application."

What do you like best?

Amazon CloudWatch is a monitoring and management service built for developers, system operators, site reliability engineers (SRE), and IT managers.

What do you dislike?

Its can be used only for monitoring of your amazon resources.I rarely run into a situation where what I needed to setup was not immediately clear, and when I did AWS support was quick and helpful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Its premonitering tools for outage.It help us with reporting and the biggest problem it solves is that it helps us actually fix the performance issues as a results of being able to identify them in the first place.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Consultant
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"Average software"

What do you like best?

Users can access CloudWatch functions through an API, command-line tools, one of the AWS SDK or the AWS Management Console. The CloudWatch interface provides current statistics that can be viewed in graph format. Users can set notifications to be sent when something being monitored surpasses a specified threshold. The app can also detect and shut down unused or underused EC2 instances.

What do you dislike?

Now you can monitor Ram, swap and disk usage via monitoring scripts. Also, you can send custom metrics to CloudWatch. Creating alarms and notification with events and much more.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Billing metric data is stored in the US East (N. Virginia) Region and reflects worldwide charges. This data includes the estimated charges for every service in AWS that you use, as well as the estimated overall total of your AWS charges.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User in Internet
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"If you have no other alternatives, use CloudWatch for your logging"

What do you like best?

Readily available SDK, and package support in Python. Don't know about other languages.

It being aws, there is the robustness that is expected from it. SDK support is good enough for python. I was even able to find third party open source libraries as wrapper around the SDK which make using CloudWatch for logging easier.

What do you dislike?

I have only used it for logging.

No way to visually differentiate between logs. Inability to filter logs properly.

As usual AWS lacks the intuitive UI it could really use to make it easier for the users to leverage the power AWS provides.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to use it for logging, use it only if you can't use any other better alternative.

Alarms and monitoring work good.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it for centralized logging in the cloud. It does record the logs properly, so allows scanning over the execution of services at one place.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Rahul R.
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"Quite Good!"

What do you like best?

Creating alarms and notification with events and much more.

What do you dislike?

The UI is pretty clunky and tough to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are using other services from AWS then also give this a try, you will like it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using it with my AWS lambda function for logging and monitoring purpose.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User in Computer & Network Security
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"Robust monitoring software of your entire AWS infrastructure"

What do you like best?

Virtual instances hosted in Amazon EC2 :- Provide easy virtual access to the instances of amazon EC2.

Databases hosted in Amazon RDS: Easily access databases hosted in amazon RDS.

Data stored in Amazon S3

Elastic Load Balancers : The load balancing features is wonderful and provides very efficient load balancing. This is something I like in amazon products, they provides very efficient load balancing.

Any other AWS resources: Since it's amazon monitoring tool, you can easily monitor other amazon services as well in this.

Furthermore, you can easily monitor following matrix:

CPU usage

CPU latency

Network traffic

Available storage space

Memory

Custom performance counters

What do you dislike?

Although the product is very nice but its has some scope of UI improvements. The user interface is bit chunky.

The notification it provides are limited to emails only, many people doesn't uses emails but other services.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would highly recommend this product to people wants to monitor their amazon services.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using this as a monitoring tool for our amazon services.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User in Computer Software
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"Cloud infrastructure monitoring"

What do you like best?

The modifiable dashboards make monitoring multiple instance states quick and easy. One can specify various metrics to graph; CPU utilization, memory, disk IO, network IO, etc. Load balancers may also be included to give a quick glance at inbound traffic.

What do you dislike?

Alarm states are confusing when auto generated for scaling groups. A scale down alarm is colored red and in the state of 'alarm' when the scaling group is at it's minimum and otherwise functioning correctly. Very confusing. This should be reworked (for the auto generated alarm) so that when an alarm goes into a non-alarmed state, the group then scales down.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As we scale upward, we need a consolidated way to quickly ascertain if a node in our infrastructure is failing and what may be causing the problem. CloudWatch gives us a historical graph as well as realtime information on the state of our entire infrastructure

Amazon CloudWatch review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"CloudWatch keeps us informed about the state of our production systems"

What do you like best?

CloudWatch allows you to create custom dashboards that give you the quick insight you need for any aspect of your environment. The available metrics are all the ones you'd expect and the graphs are visually appealing and easy to understand.

What do you dislike?

It would be nice if there were an easy way to pull in some of the graphs into external applications. I think there's an API for getting the data but you'd have to build your own graph with it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CloudWatch allows us to monitor our production system and be alerted when certain thresholds are met. We are able to monitor our EC2 instances and our RDS MySQL database.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Roberto A.
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"Excellent monitoring service"

What do you like best?

Since we are highly integrated with AWS, having CloudWatch on the platform is an excellent choice. It can also integrate with other monitoring software which make it a very flexible approach.

What do you dislike?

There is still some room for improvement in the user interface.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're using AWS this is definitely a tool you have to use

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring our AWS infrastructure.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Mangold C.
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"The Less I Have to Worry, the Better"

What do you like best?

It is basically self-sustaining. There has yet to be a breach of confidentiality, and that is important in the medical field.

What do you dislike?

Not much. There is a learning curve, as with any software. But a lot of the technical difficulties are handled by the Amazon Support Center.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take into consideration not only confidentiality but also ease-of-use, especially with startup.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Basically, confidential record keeping. I run a medical clinic and that is the top priority. As I said above, there have been no problems with breaches and I assume there never will be any.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User
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"Amazon Cloud Review "

What do you like best?

It’s user friendly for all staff members. We love it because of its widespread file support and built in music player. Before obtaining it, management thought it was too pricey. But, you get what you pay for. With the cloud service and back up storage, you can’t go wrong. It’s a great tool that we use to store our favorite music, organization videos and photographs. It’s definitely worth the money.

What do you dislike?

I wish I had more training on it. However, I feel confident in Amazon Cloud. If you have a shall business, it’s also beneficial!!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Please obtain this for your company. You need this to store things like videos and photographs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The company has improved with storing our massive amount of videos and photographs.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User
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"Easy to set up for monitoring and alerting"

What do you like best?

There is a wide range of system stats that you can monitor. The visualizations are intuitive, but not very granular.

What do you dislike?

I can't monitor disk utilization out of the box. I need have a script run out of cron on the box, and have it post to cloudwatch.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are using AWS, and you need monitoring and alerting, you should evaluate Cloudwatch first.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to keep my systems running and I'm alerted when there is an issue.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"AWS CloudWatch is a necessity and life saver!"

What do you like best?

Where do I even begin? CloudWatch is the lifeblood of our AWS infrastructure. We monitor our infrastructure, read logs from all of our servers in a single place, and use the amazing events feature to trigger Lambda functions to do a variety of tasks on a day to day basis. These are my top 3 uses for CloudWatch

What do you dislike?

The limited graphing options as compared to other monitoring tools like Datadog and New Relic

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make as much use of CloudWatch as you can. It's a great service and it will save you a lot of money!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are automating our business infrastructure monitoring and recovery using CloudWatch. We perform automated backups using events, fire off lambda functions based on various events in order to make sure that our infrastructure is healthy at all times

Amazon CloudWatch review by Sabitha M.
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"Clod watch logs configured to monitor applications logs configured through cloud formation templates"

What do you like best?

The best part is if application goes down we don’t need to login to instance and see the log those can be easily viewable on AWS console

What do you dislike?

Filtering of logs will take lot of time to figure out the issue

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are based on application and it minimises the login time for latest logs

Amazon CloudWatch review by Eric M.
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"Amazon Cloud Watch"

What do you like best?

I love how it automatically react to changes in your AWS resources such as Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon DynamoDB tables, and Amazon RDS DB instances, as well as custom metrics generated by your applications and services. Pretty cool stuff!

What do you dislike?

It only supports AWS Cloud Resources and apps that run on it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitor applications to make sure they are running properly and to see what resources are being utilized the most to see if any changes need to be made.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Diego J.
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"Good enough for monitoring other Amazon services"

What do you like best?

It's easy to use and send custom metrics for reporting the internal status of our servers.

What do you dislike?

Lack of advanced reporting, max history of 14 days. Lack of storing text logs as all events can be numeric only.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If it's just for keeping the metrics it's fine. No need to look forward. But if you were thinking of having great reports of everything in the system, you might need something else.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We need to monitor our servers and backups to make sure everything is working fine. With CloudWatch and SNS we have been able to accomplish this and requires very little maintenance.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Tarun C.
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"Best monitoring tool for cloud application and infrastructure"

What do you like best?

Its best thing we set threshold for graph,. Its very quick to setup

What do you dislike?

Its pricing is high.We din't setup all services in this.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With the help of this we save our outage like unhealthy host, 5xx on host

Amazon CloudWatch review by Geoffrey M.
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"AWS Awesomeness"

What do you like best?

I love that you can see relevant alerts from all your instances running.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes there is too much information

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

keeps track of our infrastructure and alerts us when we have issues allowing us keep track of our SLA.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Rakesh S.
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"Best Tool for AWS Cloud watch"

What do you like best?

In our organization for the different environment, we have different virtualized machines in the AWS.so we need a place to look up logs from all of these machines. We use cloudwatch in debugging production issues and tracking trending data.

What do you dislike?

Its not fully custumizable.lot of complexity and some of the more complex configuration patterns are time conjuming.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Best tool to monitor all of our production infrastructure.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use CloudWatch to monitor all of our production infrastructures.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User in Internet
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"Very comprehensive and extremely customizable"

What do you like best?

Amazon Cloudwatch is easily integrated into all your existing products on the AWS cloud. We use a lot of Amazon provided services (EC2, S3, etc) so its literally a couple keystrokes and clicks to see detailed measurements on usage stats.

What do you dislike?

It can be a bit intimidating for non-technical users. There's also a fairly steep learning curve even for those technically inclined.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great for anyone who uses the AWS suite for hosting their services. For all others, you can use a listener/subscription model to send events, but there's probably better solutions out there.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Cloudwatch to measure our usage and to monitor for any outages that we might detect prior to customers complaining.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Administrator in Internet
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"Cloudwatch helps manage your infrastructure at a reasonable price"

What do you like best?

Cloudwatch integrates really seamlessly with all of AWS's existing services.

Cloudwatch Logs also provides an easy and cost effective way to manage your logs at a fraction of the price.

What do you dislike?

The UI could use some work for the the metrics and logs it can seem daunting for first time users.

Also wish the logs had realtime tail support.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Having a central place for monitoring all our AWS services via metrics or logs is very convenient. The price vs the competition for having a hosted solution is also great!

Amazon CloudWatch review by Davor C.
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"Automation"

What do you like best?

It is a core tool for automating your cloud environment within AWS

What do you dislike?

1,000,000 API requests for Amazon Cloudwatch (free trier)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Automatic snapshots and deleting of EC2 instances along with automatic shutdown and boot of instances

Amazon CloudWatch review by David T.
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"Cloudwatch alarms provide easy autoscaling."

What do you like best?

I like that I don't need to constantly be checking these alarms, if something happens it will trigger an action for my service and I can get the logs easily.

What do you dislike?

Things can be a little cryptic while trying to maintain alarms through the console.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Using outside tools like Terraform make this a powerful option for autoscaling using events.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have Fargate servers that I want to autoscale according to CPU usage.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Praveen Makam K.
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"best real time monitoring tool aka watchdog in our org."

What do you like best?

Interface, uptime, clear details in minute level, easy to understand, color coding. Features like setting alarms, monitoring graphs and statistics,log generation to find the root cause. It come in handy when a situation arises in our org.

What do you dislike?

We feel it to be a bit overly priced consider the default features. but, after we migrated we have seen enormous benefits/productiveness in our team coordination and reduction in response time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

please try to push additional features at no extra cost. licensing makes it difficult to grant all the permission we need for different set of users. as per the monitoring point of view, cloud watch is always the king.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it for checking the status of product services and instance status in datacenters. we graphically display the current status of the suite and identify whats happening.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User
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"My go to platform"

What do you like best?

Amazon approach to power, simplicity is an enormous advantage for go-to-market strategy. AWS Services allow us to focus on business problems rather than the logistics required to address our business problem.

What do you dislike?

To be honest there isn't much I dislike about the AWS platform. Of course there are features and services that are in different levels of maturity but no major flaws in my opinion. If I had one large dislike, it is simply that every time I come up with a nice architectural pattern and release, they deploy a polished product that replaces it and make it all configuration based :)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just keep adding more metrics so we can hook to more operational processes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ETL, Digital Marketing, Data Processing, Analytics, infrastructure, Websites, Pub/Sub, Integration, pretty much everything less making toast (and I've already started working on Alexa skill for that :) )

Amazon CloudWatch review by User in Internet
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"Amazon Cloud watch"

What do you like best?

Amazon CloudWatch is a monitoring service for AWS cloud resources and the applications you run on AWS. You can use Amazon CloudWatch to collect and track metrics, collect and monitor log files, and set alarms. Amazon CloudWatch can monitor AWS resources such as Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon DynamoDB tables, and Amazon RDS DB instances, as well as custom metrics generated by your applications and services, and any log files your applications generate. You can use Amazon CloudWatch to gain system-wide visibility into resource utilization, application performance, and operational health. You can use these insights to react and keep your application running smoothly.

What do you dislike?

The CloudWatch interface is utilitarian in nature but I not always as intuitive as I'd like.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring EC2 instances

Monitor aws resources

Auto Scaling groups

Amazon CloudWatch review by Varun K.
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"Excellent product with very stable code base"

What do you like best?

Integration between products and easy to implement code base.

What do you dislike?

Too much downtown time during peek usage.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider domain expertise in your organization before implementing

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring of our AWS servers and ensuring uptime.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Alessio R.
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"A powerful tool, especially if you're an EC2 customer"

What do you like best?

The most useful feature for us, apart from being able to log events from various Amazon services, is the possibility to upload custom logfiles from EC2 instances. This is invaluable when running a load-balancing, autoscaling cluster of instances, as everything will be logged (and searchable) in the same place.

What do you dislike?

The alarms which can be set are not flexible enough (no multiple and concurrent conditions), and many of AWS services can't be logged to CloudWatch.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're an AWS user, and especially if you're using EC2 in your workflow, CloudWatch can be extremely useful, though not without a few downsides such as its inflexible alarm system; its pricing is very fair.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CloudWatch saves us plenty of time when debugging problems, and allows us to keep our servers closely monitored.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User in Internet
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"Awesomely Crafted pdroduct"

What do you like best?

It is integrated with every other Amazon products and can be used alone as well.

What do you dislike?

The UI still needs some thought on how to simplify and other API supports for this

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try to use this for all your monitoring and alarm requirement than only you would be able to make most of it. Also, make custom dashboards to reduce the time you put in every time when you want to glance through all graphs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitors and Alarms. Sometimes reports as well

Amazon CloudWatch review by Norman L.
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"very good system monitor tool"

What do you like best?

good monitor tool for our AWS services. we use AWS EC2 and the DB for our internal projects. we setup cloudwatch to monitor any downtime, and it has done its job. Also the price is not that expensive.

What do you dislike?

I can't think of any yet. it is a very good tool, we used datadog before, and I can say cloudwatch is much better.

Recommendations to others considering the product

yes, anyone use any of the aws services should try this out

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we use this to monitor our system and database.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Administrator in Financial Services
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"Log aggregation, monitoring, and alarms"

What do you like best?

I really appreciate that AWS provides a tightly integrated logging solution with KMS encryption and PCI compliance.

What do you dislike?

The interface for viewing logs is very hard to use and required something like an ELK stack sitting on top of it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed to be able to store our logs in a PCI compliant manner from EC2 instances on AWS. CloudWatch, the awslogs service, and easily configured logrotation to S3 have allowed us to accomplish our goals.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Gubendran L.
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"Excellent monitoring tool from AWS Component"

What do you like best?

We can monitor (CPU, Memory) and other metrics using this tool. Also, send notification using this tool is awesome. The custom script integration also helps you to monitor specific services configurable is nice

What do you dislike?

It was not big user-friendly. Lot of things we need to understand.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring the amazon instances

Benefit is make sure all my services were up all the time.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"Great for watching metrics on service and server activity"

What do you like best?

I think the real time metrics coupled with SNS allow for excellent real time data on consumed data

What do you dislike?

The user interface can be a bit tricky to navigate for a new user, but the UI is constantly improving and headed in the right direction

Recommendations to others considering the product

Excellent service to take advantage of that couples with SNS has great features

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring real time service utilization like disk and cpu utilization

Amazon CloudWatch review by Liam G.
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"Great for monitoring AWS data"

What do you like best?

Easy all-in-one solution for monitoring data from AWS. I love how it "just works" and fits in to existing systems. The platform is also really easy to use. We use it for AWS lambda and it has been amazing for troubleshooting.

What do you dislike?

It's expensive over time. Also the console can be sometimes hard to read.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ability to quickly troubleshoot and monitor AWS lambda applications

Amazon CloudWatch review by Noor S.
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"It is a very hepful tool "

What do you like best?

The best part about CloudWatch is that it directly integrates with your AWS instances. Logs are generated from both your instances as well as your Server.

What do you dislike?

There is a lot of room for improvement for CloudWatch. For starters, the user interface is not very inviting or friendly to a system administrator.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitor the IT support activities on our systems are used

Amazon CloudWatch review by Jon  R.
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"For the price its ok"

What do you like best?

- Detailed monitoring

- Great customer service

- In depth analysis reporting

- Receiving notifications

- Made by Amazon

What do you dislike?

- Can only receive notifications by email

- User interface is difficult to use

- Needs some

Recommendations to others considering the product

Although there is better, for the price you do get a pretty decent program and it is certainly worth a try.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring our AWS resources in real time is a breeze.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User in Music
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"Cloudwatch - Amazing Thing! Makes my life awesome!"

What do you like best?

Everything I need to run my apps. Get my systems fired and working: Manage my uptime and system health. For UI as well as Backend efforts.

What do you dislike?

I get only emails with information would prefer actionable insights to be given - how to take care of stuff when things go wrong.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very effective and monitoring solution we have used for a long with complete peace of mind.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Manage the effective uptime for all our systems for dev and production efforts.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User
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"Good in helping us to know what happened!"

What do you like best?

The stat is Real-time, accurate and very quick. Help me to know what happen.

What do you dislike?

It is still kinda difficult to use. Sometimes I have to search around a lot.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Read the latest documentation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it for some of my apps. Cloudwatch help me to know what is happening with my apps so I can fix or improve it

Amazon CloudWatch review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"AWS Cloudwatch - A must have tool"

What do you like best?

250+ TURN-KEY INTEGRATIONS, this tool helps in seamlessly uniting metrics, traces, and logs.

Aggregate metrics and events from 200+ technologies

Search, analyze, and explore enriched log data

Trace requests across distributed systems and alert on app performance

Seamlessly pivot between correlated data for rapid troubleshooting

What do you dislike?

Many companies are still learning about best practices for securing workloads on AWS. Securing cloud data to prevent exposures presents challenges to all enterprises. It is at times a challenging tool to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

AWS auto-discovery

Discover and monitor all your AWS services including EC2, ELB, EBS, ElastiCache, RDS, and more.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User in Education Management
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"Great for Amazon services, not for custom."

What do you like best?

Easy to setup and monitor when integrated with any AWS service.

What do you dislike?

Difficult to tie into your application or micro-services. Logs require specific formatting to work well.

Recommendations to others considering the product

CloudWatch is the perfect tool if you are fully tied into the AWS environment and do things the AWS way. If you want to do thing differently, or are migrating an existing environment be prepared for difficulties working around roadblocks.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring service and application health.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Suolon H.
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"Amazon Cloudwatch"

What do you like best?

Ease of use and offers detailed information

What do you dislike?

it's not the most prettiest tool to use (UX wise)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Manage customer's AWS instances

Amazon CloudWatch review by Swayam S.
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"Good"

What do you like best?

This enables monitoring of AWS resources in real time. Users can also control metrics to be observed, such as such as memory, errors, etc.

What do you dislike?

Clunky and Ugly design could have been way better and no notifications.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are a new to this, run away, cloudwatch is not for you unless you are experienced.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm trying to help my staff learn this, none of them are getting it though.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Executive Sponsor in E-Learning
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"Essential cloud logging and alerting solution"

What do you like best?

Of course, works best with other AWS services where you get synergies of using the same umbrella of AWS services. It is still quite simple and not over complicated service that makes using it relatively easy.

What do you dislike?

The user interface could have been a bit friendlier, but it doesn't matter if you use command line interface and scripting.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A must :)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Centralized cloud looging

Amazon CloudWatch review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"AWS cloud watch"

What do you like best?

Can create dashboards off of metrics

Ability to set alarms when things go wrong

Integrates well with Amazon tools

What do you dislike?

If you have to ever dig manually through logs to try to find something it can be a little overwhelming. The user interface could use some work

The way log streams are used feels very counter-intuitive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We manage hundreds of virtualized machines in the AWS cloud, so we need a place to look up logs from all of these machines. We use cloudwatch in debugging prod issues and tracking trending data

Amazon CloudWatch review by Andi Yuni W.
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"Low Cost Enterprise Level Monitoring Apps"

What do you like best?

You can try this first for learn monitoring your apps, not for big data business actually, just for learning or small app.

What do you dislike?

High latency and sometimes poor performance.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's ok for trial or small number of apps. But for huge number of apps, ACW needs improve their performance.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy capture a variety of measures about different parts of your application.

Amazon CloudWatch review by Administrator
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"Cloudwatch review from IaaS customer"

What do you like best?

The way Cloudwatch easily hooks into our AWS IaaS deployment.

What do you dislike?

Some of the logs and alerts are not presented in an easily readable format.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you use AWS, then use this.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It seems that sometimes our servers suffer internal errors and go offline. Using CloudWatch we can monitor this and restart those instances.

Amazon CloudWatch review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Better way of monitoring applications "

What do you like best?

CloudWatch provides you with data and actionable insights to monitor your applications, understand and respond to system-wide performance changes, optimize resource utilization.

What do you dislike?

AWS CloudWatch Alarms are ALWAYS ON. This might not seem to be a bad thing initially, as you’d think you want to get alerts for most things you put Alarms on. However, in practice and at a large company this starts down the slippery slope towards over-alerting and Alarm Fatigue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

you want to get alerts for most things you put Alarms on.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring and alarm capabilities

Amazon CloudWatch review by Consultant
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"amazon cloud watch "

What do you like best?

This cloudwatch service helps to monitor the performance of aws services very easily. you can easily scale or change the configuration as per the performance. monitoring tool is very updated. anyone can use that. easy to understand.

What do you dislike?

You can't really jump into particular cluster to measure the performance.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can easily manage the clusters and server with GUI of cloud watch. So the problem of creating tools and constantly checking the performance is done by the cloudwatch itself.