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Amazon CloudWatch vs AppDynamics: What are the differences?

Developers describe Amazon CloudWatch as "Monitor AWS resources and custom metrics generated by your applications and services". With Amazon CloudWatch, you gain system-wide visibility into resource utilization, application performance, and operational health. Programmatically retrieve your monitoring data, view graphs, and set alarms to help you troubleshoot, spot trends, and take automated action based on the state of your cloud environment. On the other hand, AppDynamics is detailed as "Application management for the cloud generation". AppDynamics develops application performance management (APM) solutions that deliver problem resolution for highly distributed applications through transaction flow monitoring and deep diagnostics.

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

Some of the features offered by Amazon CloudWatch are:

  • Basic Monitoring for Amazon EC2 instances: ten pre-selected metrics at five-minute frequency, free of charge.
  • Detailed Monitoring for Amazon EC2 instances: seven pre-selected metrics at one-minute frequency, for an additional charge.
  • Amazon EBS volumes: eight pre-selected metrics at five-minute frequency, free of charge.

On the other hand, AppDynamics provides the following key features:

  • End User Monitoring
  • Real-Time Business Transaction Monitoring
  • Visualize & Manage your Entire Application

"Monitor aws resources" is the top reason why over 70 developers like Amazon CloudWatch, while over 10 developers mention "Deep code visibility" as the leading cause for choosing AppDynamics.

Airbnb, 9GAG, and Asana are some of the popular companies that use Amazon CloudWatch, whereas AppDynamics is used by Intuit, Zalando, and Okta. Amazon CloudWatch has a broader approval, being mentioned in 721 company stacks & 334 developers stacks; compared to AppDynamics, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 11 developer stacks.

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What is Amazon CloudWatch?

It helps you gain system-wide visibility into resource utilization, application performance, and operational health. It retrieve your monitoring data, view graphs to help take automated action based on the state of your cloud environment.

What is AppDynamics?

AppDynamics develops application performance management (APM) solutions that deliver problem resolution for highly distributed applications through transaction flow monitoring and deep diagnostics.
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    How developers use Amazon CloudWatch and AppDynamics
    Avatar of CloudRepo
    CloudRepo uses Amazon CloudWatchAmazon CloudWatch

    If you have a single server, checking log files is as easy as SSHing to it and viewing logs. When you move to the container world, with many servers, you need a place to aggregate and search through all of your logs. CloudWatch provides us with this and it was trivial to setup.

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    Volkan Özçelik uses Amazon CloudWatchAmazon CloudWatch

    CloudWatch is “on by default” in Amazon. And by just configuring a few alarms you can have a near-zero-cost monitoring service of your own.

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    Bùi Thanh uses Amazon CloudWatchAmazon CloudWatch
    • Collect metrics for Grafana.
    • Alerts for AutoScale.
    • Centralized-logging: rds, ec2, app logs with CloudWatch Log
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    Daniel Steel uses AppDynamicsAppDynamics

    AppDynamics is used to monitor our full end to end user experience journey's including the infrastructure health.

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    Promethean TV uses Amazon CloudWatchAmazon CloudWatch

    CloudWatch is used to monitor various aspects of our production infrastructure deployed at Amazon.

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    Banyan uses Amazon CloudWatchAmazon CloudWatch

    CloudWatch is used to monitor our servers on AWS including our EC2, RDS and ElastiCache.

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    Performance Assessment Network (PAN) uses AppDynamicsAppDynamics

    APM for our web apps, and rolling out of the End User Experience Monitoring

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    Cisco SSO uses AppDynamicsAppDynamics

    Application Performance Monitoring and Management

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