AWS Config vs Uptime Robot: What are the differences?
What is AWS Config? Config gives you a detailed inventory of your AWS resources and their current configuration, and continuously records configuration changes. AWS Config is a fully managed service that provides you with an AWS resource inventory, configuration history, and configuration change notifications to enable security and governance. With AWS Config you can discover existing AWS resources, export a complete inventory of your AWS resources with all configuration details, and determine how a resource was configured at any point in time. These capabilities enable compliance auditing, security analysis, resource change tracking, and troubleshooting.
What is Uptime Robot? 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.
AWS Config 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 AWS Config are:
- Configuration Visibility
- Fully Managed
- Easy to get started
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
"Backed by Amazon" is the top reason why over 2 developers like AWS Config, while over 12 developers mention "Free tier" as the leading cause for choosing Uptime Robot.
Geocodio, Avenue.io, and Gimanzo Systems are some of the popular companies that use Uptime Robot, whereas AWS Config is used by Trespass Technology, BeachBody, and Openfit. Uptime Robot has a broader approval, being mentioned in 61 company stacks & 22 developers stacks; compared to AWS Config, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.