Amazon CloudWatch vs Papertrail

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Amazon CloudWatch vs Papertrail: 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 Papertrail? Hosted log management for servers, apps, and cloud services. Papertrail helps detect, resolve, and avoid infrastructure problems using log messages. Papertrail's practicality comes from our own experience as sysadmins, developers, and entrepreneurs.

Amazon CloudWatch belongs to "Cloud Monitoring" category of the tech stack, while Papertrail 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, Papertrail provides the following key features:

  • Intuitive Web-based log viewer
  • Powerful command-line tools
  • Long-term archive (S3)

"Monitor aws resources" is the top reason why over 70 developers like Amazon CloudWatch, while over 85 developers mention "Log search" as the leading cause for choosing Papertrail.

According to the StackShare community, Amazon CloudWatch has a broader approval, being mentioned in 707 company stacks & 321 developers stacks; compared to Papertrail, which is listed in 244 company stacks and 46 developer stacks.

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Pros of Amazon CloudWatch
Pros of Papertrail
  • 76
    Monitor aws resources
  • 46
    Zero setup
  • 30
    Detailed Monitoring
  • 23
    Backed by Amazon
  • 19
    Auto Scaling groups
  • 11
    SNS and autoscaling integrations
  • 5
    Burstable instances metrics (t2 cpu credit balance)
  • 3
    HIPAA/PCI/SOC Compliance-friendly
  • 1
    Native tool for AWS so understand AWS out of the box
  • 86
    Log search
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    Easy log aggregation across multiple machines
  • 43
    Integrates with Heroku
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    Simple interface
  • 26
    Backup to S3
  • 19
    Easy setup, independent of existing logging setup
  • 15
    Heroku add-on
  • 3
    Command line interface
  • 1
    Alerting
  • 1
    Good for Startups

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Cons of Amazon CloudWatch
Cons of Papertrail
  • 1
    Poor Search Capabilities
  • 2
    Expensive
  • 1
    External Network Goes Down You Wont Be Logging

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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 Papertrail?

Papertrail helps detect, resolve, and avoid infrastructure problems using log messages. Papertrail's practicality comes from our own experience as sysadmins, developers, and entrepreneurs.

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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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