Amazon CloudWatch vs New Relic

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Amazon CloudWatch vs New Relic: What are the differences?

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; New Relic: SaaS Application Performance Management for Ruby, PHP, .Net, Java, Python, and Node.js Apps. 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.

Amazon CloudWatch can be classified as a tool in the "Cloud Monitoring" category, while New Relic 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, New Relic provides the following key features:

  • Performance Data Retention
  • Real-User Response Time, Throughput, & Breakdown by Layer
  • App Response Time, Throughput, & Breakdown by Component

"Monitor aws resources" is the top reason why over 70 developers like Amazon CloudWatch, while over 411 developers mention "Easy setup" as the leading cause for choosing New Relic.

Airbnb, Spotify, and StackShare are some of the popular companies that use New Relic, whereas Amazon CloudWatch is used by Airbnb, 9GAG, and Asana. New Relic has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3142 company stacks & 576 developers stacks; compared to Amazon CloudWatch, which is listed in 721 company stacks and 334 developer stacks.

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What is Amazon CloudWatch?

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 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.

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    What are some alternatives to Amazon CloudWatch and New Relic?
    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.
    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.
    Stackdriver
    Google Stackdriver provides powerful monitoring, logging, and diagnostics. It equips you with insight into the health, performance, and availability of cloud-powered applications, enabling you to find and fix issues faster.
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    StackShare uses New RelicNew Relic

    Free Heroku add-on. Not particularly useful for us. Rails profilers tend to do a better job at the app level. And I can never really figure out what’s going on with Heroku by looking at New Relic. I don’t know if we’re just not using New Relic correctly or if it really does just suck for our use case. But I guess some insight is better than none.

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    MaxCDN uses New RelicNew Relic

    How do you know what parts of the workflow need improvement? Measure it. With New Relic in place, we have graphs of our API performance and can directly see if a server or zone is causing trouble, and the impact of our changes. There’s no comparison between a real-time performance graph and “Strange, the site seems slow, I should tail the logs”.

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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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    Kalibrr uses New RelicNew Relic

    We monitor and troubleshoot our app's performance using New Relic, which gives us a great view into each type of request that hits our servers. It also gives us a nice weekly summary of error rates and response times so that we know how well we've done in the past week.

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    Steve Paulo uses New RelicNew Relic

    I'm trying to wring more instrumentation out of New Relic as it pertains to Rack, but for the time being, New Relic is monitoring/alerting uptime and some basic performance metrics.

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    Jeff Flynn uses New RelicNew Relic

    Just like we care about errors, we care about metrics - especially around performance. You'd be crazy not to use it - and not surprisingly, it's a one-click add-on in Heroku.

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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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