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Amazon CloudWatch vs Fluentd: 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, Fluentd is detailed as "Unified logging layer". Fluentd collects events from various data sources and writes them to files, RDBMS, NoSQL, IaaS, SaaS, Hadoop and so on. Fluentd helps you unify your logging infrastructure.

Amazon CloudWatch belongs to "Cloud Monitoring" category of the tech stack, while Fluentd can be primarily classified under "Log Management".

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, Fluentd provides the following key features:

  • Open source
  • Flexible
  • Minimum resources

Fluentd is an open source tool with 8.04K GitHub stars and 938 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Fluentd's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Amazon CloudWatch has a broader approval, being mentioned in 721 company stacks & 334 developers stacks; compared to Fluentd, which is listed in 64 company stacks and 18 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 Fluentd?

Fluentd collects events from various data sources and writes them to files, RDBMS, NoSQL, IaaS, SaaS, Hadoop and so on. Fluentd helps you unify your logging infrastructure.
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      What are some alternatives to Amazon CloudWatch and Fluentd?
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      Prometheus
      Prometheus is a systems and service monitoring system. It collects metrics from configured targets at given intervals, evaluates rule expressions, displays the results, and can trigger alerts if some condition is observed to be true.
      AWS CloudTrail
      With CloudTrail, you can get a history of AWS API calls for your account, including API calls made via the AWS Management Console, AWS SDKs, command line tools, and higher-level AWS services (such as AWS CloudFormation). The AWS API call history produced by CloudTrail enables security analysis, resource change tracking, and compliance auditing. The recorded information includes the identity of the API caller, the time of the API call, the source IP address of the API caller, the request parameters, and the response elements returned by the AWS service.
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      How developers use Amazon CloudWatch and Fluentd
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      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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      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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