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Amazon CloudWatch vs Logstash: 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 Logstash? Collect, Parse, & Enrich Data. Logstash is a tool for managing events and logs. You can use it to collect logs, parse them, and store them for later use (like, for searching). If you store them in Elasticsearch, you can view and analyze them with Kibana.

Amazon CloudWatch and Logstash are primarily classified as "Cloud Monitoring" and "Log Management" tools respectively.

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, Logstash provides the following key features:

  • Centralize data processing of all types
  • Normalize varying schema and formats
  • Quickly extend to custom log formats

"Monitor aws resources" is the primary reason why developers consider Amazon CloudWatch over the competitors, whereas "Free" was stated as the key factor in picking Logstash.

Logstash is an open source tool with 10.3K GitHub stars and 2.76K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Logstash's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Amazon CloudWatch has a broader approval, being mentioned in 706 company stacks & 321 developers stacks; compared to Logstash, which is listed in 550 company stacks and 270 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 Logstash?

Logstash is a tool for managing events and logs. You can use it to collect logs, parse them, and store them for later use (like, for searching). If you store them in Elasticsearch, you can view and analyze them with Kibana.
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    What are some alternatives to Amazon CloudWatch and Logstash?
    Datadog
    Datadog is the leading service for cloud-scale monitoring. It is used by IT, operations, and development teams who build and operate applications that run on dynamic or hybrid cloud infrastructure. Start monitoring in minutes with Datadog!
    Splunk
    Splunk Inc. provides the leading platform for Operational Intelligence. Customers use Splunk to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine data.
    New Relic
    New Relic is the all-in-one web application performance tool that lets you see performance from the end user experience, through servers, and down to the line of application code.
    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 Logstash
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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
    Avatar of Promethean TV
    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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    Blue Kangaroo uses LogstashLogstash

    Data ingestion, manipulation and re-pushing to other services.

    Avatar of Tongliang Liu
    Tongliang Liu uses LogstashLogstash

    Log aggregation from tons of production servers.

    Avatar of douglasresende
    douglasresende uses LogstashLogstash

    I use to manager logs of any applications.

    Avatar of Tom Staijen
    Tom Staijen uses LogstashLogstash

    Move logs from RabbitMQ to ElasticSearch.

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    JosephYeo uses LogstashLogstash
    • 효율적으로 elastcsearch에 연결해주는 방법
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