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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