Amazon CloudWatch vs Kibana: What are the differences?
What is Amazon CloudWatch? 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.
What is Kibana? Explore & Visualize Your Data. Kibana is an open source (Apache Licensed), browser based analytics and search dashboard for Elasticsearch. Kibana is a snap to setup and start using. Kibana strives to be easy to get started with, while also being flexible and powerful, just like Elasticsearch.
Amazon CloudWatch can be classified as a tool in the "Cloud Monitoring" category, while Kibana is grouped under "Monitoring Tools".
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, Kibana provides the following key features:
- Flexible analytics and visualization platform
- Real-time summary and charting of streaming data
- Intuitive interface for a variety of users
"Monitor aws resources" is the primary reason why developers consider Amazon CloudWatch over the competitors, whereas "Easy to setup" was stated as the key factor in picking Kibana.
Kibana is an open source tool with 12.4K GitHub stars and 4.81K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kibana's open source repository on GitHub.
Airbnb, DigitalOcean, and 9GAG are some of the popular companies that use Kibana, whereas Amazon CloudWatch is used by Airbnb, 9GAG, and Asana. Kibana has a broader approval, being mentioned in 907 company stacks & 479 developers stacks; compared to Amazon CloudWatch, which is listed in 721 company stacks and 334 developer stacks.
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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.
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.
Used for graphing internal logging data; including metrics related to how fast we serve pages and execute MySQL/ElasticSearch queries.
Our Kibana instances uses our ElasticSearch search data to help answer any complicated questions we have about our data.
- Collect metrics for Grafana.
- Alerts for AutoScale.
- Centralized-logging: rds, ec2, app logs with CloudWatch Log
CloudWatch is used to monitor various aspects of our production infrastructure deployed at Amazon.
Kibana is our tools to query data in Elasticsearch clusters set up as catalog search engine.
CloudWatch is used to monitor our servers on AWS including our EC2, RDS and ElastiCache.