Amazon CloudWatch vs UptimeRobot

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Amazon CloudWatch vs Uptime Robot: 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, Uptime Robot is detailed as "Free website uptime monitor". Uptime Robot is all about helping you to keep your websites up. It monitors your websites every 5 minutes and alerts you if your sites are down.

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

  • http(s): that's perfect for website monitoring. The service regularly sends requests (which are the same as if a visitor is browsing your website) to the URL and decides if it is up or down depending on the HTTP statuses returned from the website (200-success, 404-not found, etc.)
  • ping: this is good for monitoring a server. Ping (ICMP) requests are sent and up/down status is decided according to the "if responses are received or not". Ping is not a good fit for monitoring websites as a website (its IP) can respond to ping requests while it is down (which means that the site is down but the server hosting the site is up)
  • keyword: checks if a keyword exists or not exists in a web page

"Monitor aws resources" is the primary reason why developers consider Amazon CloudWatch over the competitors, whereas "Free tier" was stated as the key factor in picking Uptime Robot.

According to the StackShare community, Amazon CloudWatch has a broader approval, being mentioned in 707 company stacks & 321 developers stacks; compared to Uptime Robot, which is listed in 61 company stacks and 22 developer stacks.

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Pros of Amazon CloudWatch
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    Monitor aws resources
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    Zero setup
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    Detailed Monitoring
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    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)
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    HIPAA/PCI/SOC Compliance-friendly
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    Native tool for AWS so understand AWS out of the box
  • 20
    Free tier
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    Easy to understand
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    Instant notifications
  • 7
    Simpler than Pingdom
  • 4
    Public Status Page
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    Free public status pages
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    Keyword monitoring
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    Cheap but Reliable
  • 2
    Mobile App
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    Receive twitter status message
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    Good api
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    SSL Checking

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Cons of Amazon CloudWatch
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    Poor Search Capabilities
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    Consistently bad UI
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    False-Positives
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    Confusing UI
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    Extremely bad UI experience

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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 UptimeRobot?

It is all about helping you to keep your websites up. It monitors your websites every 5 minutes and alerts you if your sites are down.

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