Amazon CloudWatch vs Munin: 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, Munin is detailed as "PnP networked resource monitoring tool that can help to answer the what just happened to kill our performance". Munin is a networked resource monitoring tool that can help analyze resource trends and "what just happened to kill our performance?" problems. It is designed to be very plug and play. A default installation provides a lot of graphs with almost no work.
Amazon CloudWatch and Munin are primarily classified as "Cloud Monitoring" and "Monitoring" tools respectively.
Munin is an open source tool with 1.31K GitHub stars and 383 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Munin'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 Munin, which is listed in 15 company stacks and 3 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.
- 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.