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Amazon CloudWatch vs. Google Stackdriver
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Amazon CloudWatch vs. Google Stackdriver and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"Its ability to quickly inventory our resources, figure out interdependencies across them, and assemble a topology of your environment is brilliant. There is a price associated with it. Whenever you target a NetApp environment, it is included in the price but whenever you want to add different vendors, like VMware and Cisco, the price greatly spikes. Inventorization helps us a lot to visualize the environment.""Among the most valuable features are the queries and reporting that allow us to look at the utilization of resources, at how well the storage is performing, and to report on which resources are being used by which business units. We can track usage across the entire environment, across applications, business units, cost centers, etc.""It is good for giving an overview of the systems and for tracking long-term trends. It is handy for root cause analysis, e.g. it can eliminate whether storage is the cause of an issue.""Cloud Secure is definitely the most valuable feature and being able to see file level activity. It gives real-time alerting on possible ransomware attacks and provides file security review. It helps us to see if something abnormal is happening on the system before it's too late."

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"Setting up this product was easy. I found data analytics as its most valuable feature.""The solution is easy to use.""I have found the memory metrics and the CPU metrics valuable.""You can enable alarms and metrics, and it has robust integration with AWS services. You can also trigger events. For example, if the CPU utilization is above 80%, it can launch a new instance for you.""The solution gives us very good real-time data.""We have found the pricing to be reasonable."

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"Provides visibility into the performance uptime.""Google's technical support is very good.""I like the monitoring feature."

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Cons
"Their pricing model needs improvement.""When I did need support because I was having problems with the solution, the first or the second line just didn't understand it. They were providing this only on a software as a service basis. So, they were asking all the wrong questions.""There is room for improving the creating and managing or modifying of reports. That is still a difficult task to do and requires knowledge beyond the storage itself. I would love to see reporting improved so that we can create reports by dragging and dropping pieces into a report form and publish a report that way.""In a perfect world we would have something built, right out-of-the-box, that can identify what we call "noise," and reduce the amount of data. You're presented with so much data when you first start the data collectors. For example, it brings back a lot of change rates that happen just because of standard computing, like profile changes and that sort of thing. Being able to identify things like that and categorize them and strip it down—and it probably can do that, I just haven't gotten there yet—would be very beneficial."

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"I do not know whether or not CloudWatch can be integrated with on-prem services.""The configuration capabilities could be better.""The drill-down aspect on the dashboard of the solution needs improvement. We get a very good high-level overview, but when we drill down, it becomes a little less clear. We have given this feedback to AWS as well and hope they will improve this in the future.""I would like to monitor inbound and outbound transfer. I would also like to control the traffic for load balancing.""For monitoring applications or for APM, CloudWatch has some limitations. You cannot monitor application performance from CloudWatch, and you have to go for a third-party tool.""This product lacks some features: real-time data stream monitoring, application performance monitoring, mobile app monitoring, and live dashboards. Its workflows also need improvement."

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"It could be more stable.""Lacking sufficient operations documentation.""While we are satisfied with the overall performance, in certain cases we must add additional metrics and additional tools like Grafana and Dynatrace."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing model could be improved. We love that you can use it for free for looking at NetApp products. You only need licenses to look at non-NetApp products, but as soon as you do that, you start utilizing licenses that actually would have been free in the public. So, there is a bit of an anomaly in the licensing model."
  • "Be aware of the capacity licensing and understand how that works, because it is based on capacity. Getting an understanding of that is the biggest thing."
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  • "We have monthly licensing costs. The licenses are probably in the vicinity of about $300 - $350/month."
  • "Its pricing is reasonable. It is sometimes tricky, but it is reasonable as compared to others."
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  • "The cost could be lower."
  • "We have a basic standard license without any additional costs."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Cloud Secure is definitely the most valuable feature and being able to see file level activity. It gives real-time… more »
    Top Answer:Be aware of the capacity licensing and understand how that works, because it is based on capacity. Getting an… more »
    Top Answer:As I went through learning the querying, it could have been a little more intuitive. I'm still fresh into the system. In… more »
    Top Answer:The portability of the Datadog is much more flexible for us. The client does not need to have Amazon services for the… more »
    Top Answer:I'm an implementor, not a user. We are not a partner. I'm not sure which version of the solution is currently used, as… more »
    Top Answer:Provides visibility into the performance uptime.
    Top Answer:I think given it's a new application, a new solution on the block, operations documentation could be a bit better. It… more »
    Top Answer:We use Stackdriver for real-time log management analysis, it provides cloud log in a fully managed service for the GKE… more »
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    Overview

    NetApp Cloud Insights is an infrastructure monitoring tool that gives you visibility into your complete infrastructure. With Cloud Insights, you can monitor, troubleshoot and optimize all your resources including your public clouds and your private data centers.

    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, set alarms, and automatically react to changes in your AWS resources. 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.

    Google Stackdriver provides powerful monitoring, logging, and diagnostics. It equips you with insight into the health, performance, and availability of cloud-powered applications, enabling you to find and fix issues faster. It is natively integrated with Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services, and popular open source packages. Stackdriver provides a wide variety of metrics, dashboards, alerting, log management, reporting, and tracing capabilities.

    Offer
    Remotely Monitor and Optimize Your IT Operations

    Monitor and optimize all your organization's infrastructure even while working from home. Sign up for the 30-day trial to see how NetApp Cloud Insights helps to maintain availability, optimize cloud spend, and identify data security threats.

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    Sample Customers
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    AirAsia, Airbnb, Aircel, APUS, Avazu, Casa & Video, Futbol Club Barcelona (FCBarcelona), National Taiwan University, redBus
    Uber, Batterii, Q42, Dovetail Games
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Government7%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Media Company8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Retailer5%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise66%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business44%
    Large Enterprise56%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise68%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Buyer's Guide
    Amazon CloudWatch vs. Google Stackdriver
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Amazon CloudWatch vs. Google Stackdriver and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,812 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Amazon CloudWatch is ranked 12th in Cloud Monitoring Software with 6 reviews while Google Stackdriver is ranked 17th in Cloud Monitoring Software with 3 reviews. Amazon CloudWatch is rated 7.6, while Google Stackdriver is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Amazon CloudWatch writes "Easy to set up metrics repository with good data analytics, but lacks real-time data stream monitoring". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Google Stackdriver writes "Provides visibility into the performance uptime and the overall health of our cloud applications". Amazon CloudWatch is most compared with Datadog, Zabbix, SolarWinds NPM, Nagios XI and Sumo Logic Security, whereas Google Stackdriver is most compared with Azure Monitor, AWS X-Ray, Datadog, Elastic Security and New Relic APM. See our Amazon CloudWatch vs. Google Stackdriver report.

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