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Amazon CloudWatch vs Pingdom: 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, Pingdom is detailed as "Uptime and performance monitoring made easy". Pingdom is an uptime monitoring service. When problems happen with a site that Pingdom monitors, it immediately alerts the owner so the problem can be taken care of.

Amazon CloudWatch belongs to "Cloud Monitoring" category of the tech stack, while Pingdom can be primarily classified under "Website 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, Pingdom provides the following key features:

  • Uptime & Response time reports
  • Multi-step transaction monitoring
  • Email, text & twitter alerts

"Monitor aws resources" is the top reason why over 70 developers like Amazon CloudWatch, while over 224 developers mention "Simple and reliable" as the leading cause for choosing Pingdom.

According to the StackShare community, Pingdom has a broader approval, being mentioned in 855 company stacks & 218 developers stacks; compared to Amazon CloudWatch, which is listed in 707 company stacks and 321 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 Pingdom?

Pingdom is an uptime monitoring service. When problems happen with a site that Pingdom monitors, it immediately alerts the owner so the problem can be taken care of.
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    What are some alternatives to Amazon CloudWatch and Pingdom?
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    Splunk
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    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 Pingdom
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    StackShare uses PingdomPingdom

    Great service, gives me piece of mind. One thing I really don't like: they set the default notification downtime to 2 min or greater. I missed a total of 13 minutes of downtime for our blog over a three month period back before we moved it over to the rails app because there was basically one minute here, one minute there. I was pretty angry when I found out they weren't notifying me. But then I realized that it probably makes sense. But they should be more transparent and make it clear that there is a 2 minute window when you first set up alerts.

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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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    Kent Steiner uses PingdomPingdom

    Pingdom is a tool I use close to deployment of new apps or sites and periodically used to check the health of an app or site over time. The analysis of request times, assets and more is second to none.

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    BrightMachine uses PingdomPingdom

    For making sure everything is up, and telling us when it's not. We tested a few services and pingdom is still the quickest to recognise downtime.

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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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    Coolfront Technologies uses PingdomPingdom

    Monitoring for Coolfront Mobile, Coolfront Agreements and Coolfront Books. Alerts Coolfront IT team when systems can not be reached.

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    eXon Technologies uses PingdomPingdom

    Nice 1min monitoring time that will show us if something went down. Best visualisation and fastest downtime detection.

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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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