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Amazon CloudWatch vs Rollbar: 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; Rollbar: Full-stack error monitoring for developers. Rollbar helps development teams find and fix errors faster. Quickly pinpoint what’s broken and why. View exceptions from all of your languages, frameworks, platforms & environments in one place. Get context & insights to defeat all errors.

Amazon CloudWatch can be classified as a tool in the "Cloud Monitoring" category, while Rollbar is grouped under "Exception 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, Rollbar provides the following key features:

  • Errors get queued, de-duped, grouped and prioritized
  • View detailed stack traces with local variables
  • JavaScript source map support

"Monitor aws resources" is the primary reason why developers consider Amazon CloudWatch over the competitors, whereas "Consolidates similar errors by impact" was stated as the key factor in picking Rollbar.

Airbnb, Intuit, and 9GAG are some of the popular companies that use Amazon CloudWatch, whereas Rollbar is used by Tilt, Exec, and AngelList. Amazon CloudWatch has a broader approval, being mentioned in 707 company stacks & 321 developers stacks; compared to Rollbar, which is listed in 478 company stacks and 113 developer stacks.

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Pros of Amazon CloudWatch
Pros of Rollbar
  • 76
    Monitor aws resources
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    Zero setup
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    Detailed Monitoring
  • 23
    Backed by Amazon
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    Auto Scaling groups
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    SNS and autoscaling integrations
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    Burstable instances metrics (t2 cpu credit balance)
  • 3
    HIPAA/PCI/SOC Compliance-friendly
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    Native tool for AWS so understand AWS out of the box
  • 72
    Consolidates similar errors by impact
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    Centralize error management
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    Slack integration
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    Github integration
  • 46
    Usage based pricing
  • 31
    Insane customer support
  • 22
    Instant search
  • 20
    Heroku integration
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    Consolidate errors by OS
  • 14
    Great Free Plan
  • 14
    Trello integration
  • 12
    Flexible logging (not just exceptions)
  • 10
    Simple yet powerful error tracking tool
  • 8
    Multiple Language Support
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    Easy setup
  • 6
    Consolidate errors by browser
  • 6
    Query errors with RQL
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    Deployment tracking is a nice free bonus
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    Awesome service
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    Best rails exception handler
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    Simple and fast integration
  • 4
    Easy setup, friendly ui, demo, lots of integrations
  • 3
    Errors Analysis
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    Clear and concise information.
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    Beat your users to the error report
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    Server-side + client-side
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    Easy integration with sails.js
  • 2
    Bitbucket integration
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    Mailgun integration
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    Clear errors on deploy or push
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    Gitlab integration
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    Easy Set up familiar UI that doesn't make you look dumb

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Cons of Amazon CloudWatch
Cons of Rollbar
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    Poor Search Capabilities
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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 Rollbar?

    Rollbar is the leading continuous code improvement platform that proactively discovers, predicts, and remediates errors with real-time AI-assisted workflows. With Rollbar, developers continually improve their code and constantly innovate ra

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