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"Monitoring All The Things"

What do you like best?

It provides the ability to place monitors on everything that you have. You could even technically use this within an application. You write your own scripts to publish metrics that are important to you on the dashboard. You can then use these metrics to trigger alarms to do certain events.

There is also the rules section which is just as powerful. You can schedule events with CRON schedules or on API events. This is incredibly powerful!! We use this system to trigger Lambda functions on certain API events ranging from resource creation alerts to S3 manipulators.

What do you dislike?

The scripting portion of configuring your own inputs can be confusing. They keep changing how it needs to work on EC2 instances. It's becoming more comprehensive but the documentation is bit all over the place.

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

We needed a way to see when users were creating resources in the wrong regions and alert us so we don't get charge. We built CloudWatch rules to trigger Lambda on EC2 creations and it works flawlessly.

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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 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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"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 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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"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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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!!

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"The Best Monitoring Software Or Service offered by Amazon."

What do you like best?

Amazon CouldWatch Makes it easy to monitor The Service of AWS making is easy for administer, Root user or Developers to keep the track of the usage of the various service and tracks the cost incurred of the service enable.

easy to use an alert mechanism and provides a variety of matrix, graphs and dashboard.

I also like that we can install modules on your service monitor whatever you like with couldwatch

What do you dislike?

I wish there were more built-in metrics to monitor out the box. Additionally, and More importantly AWS couldWatch alarms are always ON. This might not seem to a bad thing initially as you have think you went to get alerts for most things you put alarms ON. We can not dawonlod logs for Amazon CouldWatch.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use of Amazon is highly recommended for Monitoring the EC2 service

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

Alert mechanism help to observed cost, health and status of infrastructure.

It provides a good interface to view health of system.

from a business intelligence point of view and performance monitoring when the organization using multiple Amazon Service, CouldWatch is very beneficial and save time Service.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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"CloudWatch - Flexible Log Management At A Great Price Point"

What do you like best?

Managing log retention periods is very simple with CloudWatch, and can be configured on a per-group basis. Monitoring host performance is very easy when coupled with the CloudWatch Agent on an EC2 instance. A simple installation and configuration replaces an entire 3rd-party host monitoring stack.

What do you dislike?

Unfortunately, the CloudWatch dashboard does not provide the ability to create histograms of discrete counts. This makes it difficult to, for instance, use CloudWatch to quickly identify specific IP addresses that have a high request volume in a certain period.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Choosing CloudWatch to manage log aggregation has saved us quite a bit of time and money over the past year. Generally, 3rd-party log aggregation solutions tend to get quite expensive unless you self-host, in which case you typically need to spend a fair amount of time setting up, maintaining, and monitoring these services.

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

We use Amazon CloudWatch to maintain logs across all of the different services that inside our infrastructure. It is primarily used across our engineering and dev ops departments. Using CloudWatch logs allows us to address compliance issues associated with log retention because it is very easy to configure an expiration for log files.

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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 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.

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"Must needed companion for AWS Cloud"

What do you like best?

- One place to monitor logs of all AWS Cloud services

- Provides variety of matrixes, graphs & dashboard

- Easy to view heath of AWS resources

- Easy to use Alert mechanisms

- Can be integrated with almost all AWS products & services

What do you dislike?

- UI for viewing logs is difficult to analyse lengthy logs

- Can not download logs for AWS Console

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Must needed service while deploying & maintaining infrastructure in AWS Cloud.

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

- Helps developers to analyse Deployment issues, Bugs, etc

- Provides a nice interface to view health of systems

- Alert mechanism helps to observe cost, health & status of infrastructure.

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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 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

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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..

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"One of my favorite AWS services"

What do you like best?

It has everything you need for monitoring your system. It can check the CPU, Internet, etc and alert you it any of them triggers the metrics you set. It can send message to lots of other services like SQS, SNS, ELB, etc. Very reliable and flexible. Definitely a must learn if you want to learn AWS.

What do you dislike?

I have used it for long time and I have not found anything I dislike. Everything is so smooth.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

1. Help you monitor system.

2. Help you monitor billing.

3. Can trigger other services if you need.

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

It helps your business to monitor the system. It can trigger the other services if necessary and it can send you message if you set it up. A must-have for your VPC, EC2, etc.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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

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"Must needed service for AWS Cloud"

What do you like best?

Easy Monitoring of Infrastructure

Alerts on Infrastructure

Integrations with almost all AWS products

Provides realtime updates

Provides good variety of statistics on Infrastructure

What do you dislike?

Building cloudwatch dashboards may be difficult for beginners

Does not provide much ability to create more customisable dashboards.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Must have service which working with AWS Cloud Infrastructure.

Helps a lot while setting up infrastructure as well as maintaining infrastructure.

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

CloudWatch metrics helps to monitor important KPIs and performance metrics for our business.

Helps in debugging production issues & tracking trending data.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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"Perfect for collecting and tracking all your metrics!! GAME CHANGER!!"

What do you like best?

We worked with an organization that didn't have a great handle on their monitoring services so every now and again, applications weren't available and/or changes weren't made within the proper timeframe. Once the group implemented CloudWatch, they had significant visibility and were able to collect data on available resources as well as metrics.

What do you dislike?

Setup was easy and the customizations were fairly straight forward, but as the team was not familiar with this tool I believe it took a little more to set everything up than what was previous expected.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

By leveraging CloudWatch, you can get a handle on all the applications, availability services, monitoring services, etc. that you wouldn't otherwise be able to easily access.

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

Lack of visibility into resources and monitoring services.By leveraging CloudWatch, the group was able to achieve gain system-wide visibility and maximized their resource utilization rate. Plus, all of the application ran smoothly once this product was up and running.

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"Task scheduler made easy for AWS"

What do you like best?

The way it schedules the tasks is good. We have the option to link it to multiple events and set them as a trigger to run other tasks automatically. We can also set the cron and schedule them accordingly.

What do you dislike?

The way we setup the triggers are bit complicated. We have to script them in json and I feel the AWS documentation on this needs to be more elaborative. Other than that it’s quite a good one.

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

In my organization we enabled multiple cloud watch events to be triggered based on other critical events. Some of them include backing up the ec2 elb while according to the power schedule and maintenance windows etc.

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"Excellent way to monitor my AWS resources at a very good price"

What do you like best?

Application Performance Management.

Error Management.

Utilization Management.

Managing log retention periods is so easy.

Excellent tool for host monitoring in addition to application monitoring.

What do you dislike?

Building cloudwatch dashboards can be cumbersome. You have to navigate through various screens to get the metrics you want to add.

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

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:

It is a perfect product for firms already using a number of Amazon services as a part of AWS, as most of them integrate well with CloudWatch. It is easy to configure retention of logs and export them to S3. I don't like the UX part because it is not very intuitive. In case you need more of the BI stuff, I would say export the logs and use either Tableau/Power BI.

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

We used Amazon CloudWatch to collect and track metrics, collect and monitor log files, set alarms, and automatically react to changes in your AWS resource.