Compare Amazon CloudWatch vs. Datadog

Amazon CloudWatch is ranked 12th in Cloud Monitoring Software with 3 reviews while Datadog is ranked 5th in Cloud Monitoring Software with 9 reviews. Amazon CloudWatch is rated 8.0, while Datadog is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Amazon CloudWatch writes "Having one platform, as opposed to having to use a lot of different platforms makes a huge difference". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Datadog writes "They have a good ecosystem for their integrations". Amazon CloudWatch is most compared with Datadog, Google Stackdriver and Zabbix, whereas Datadog is most compared with Splunk, Dynatrace and New Relic APM. See our Amazon CloudWatch vs. Datadog report.
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Pros
Most of it's around optimizing utilization, their cloud utilization. They're making sure that they're getting the most out of their in-cloud environments and their instances. Making sure that there's no strange behavior in the environment.The solution offers very detailed metrics for their services.The solution gives us very good real-time data.

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It has enhanced the performance of my team.It provides more cloud data. They tend to just get the way a service would be designed on the cloud.It has saved us a lot of trouble in implementation.The ease with which we can filter, use metrics, and give accounts to customers, then let the customer filter, set up metrics, and alerts. This has been a big win for us.The integration and configuration are incredibly simple. The SaaS offering is remarkably easy to set up, especially if you're coming from a Graphite environment or anything that uses a StatsD.The ingestion points are unlimited and support customization. We haven't had anything yet that we haven't been able to integrate with it.If we have a large load for users using our basic Datadog, it will immediately fire off an alert notifying us either something's wrong or not.It has a nice UI.

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Better reporting is always something needed. That could be an answer to just about anything. But you always want better reporting, better dashboards, things that are just more dynamic and more accessible.Right now, in relation to monitoring services, there are too many services and too many metrics per service.The drill-down aspect on the dashboard of the solution needs improvement. We get a very good high-level overview, but when we drill down, it becomes a little less clear. We have given this feedback to AWS as well and hope they will improve this in the future.

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The product could do better with its notifications.It does not have the best interface.Stability of the product has been a concern for us outside of the primary monitoring agents.It lacks consistency in the APIs.There are things about it that we would like to be fixed, such as it is taking averages of average. This results in data that we don't expect.We have asked technical support questions, and sometimes they don't get back to us right away. Or when they do, it is not the right answer.I would love to see support for front-end and mobile applications. Right now, it is mostly all back-end stuff. Being able to do some integration with our front-end products would be awesome.I would like testing for data in the future.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
We have monthly licensing costs. The licenses are probably in the vicinity of about $300 - $350/month.

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The pricing came up a bit compared to their competitors. It is not that the price has risen, but that the competitors have gone down. They keep adding more features that I would have expected to be baked in at a more nominal price. I have been increasingly dissatisfied with the pricing, but not enough to jump ship.It costs the same amount it would if we were hosting it ourselves, so we are incredibly happy with the cost.At my last company, we did see ROI, specifically around response time. We could get to mission critical things that were down and losing revenue on immediately. So, the product paid itself back.The pricing and licensing through AWS Marketplace has been good. It would be nice if it was cheaper, but their pricing is reasonable for what it is. Sometimes, for their newer features, they charge as if it's fully fleshed out, even though it is a newer feature and it may have less stuff than their other items.It has always scaled for us. Cost scales up too, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. It's reasonable for what they're providing.Pricing and licensing are reasonable for what they give you. You get the first five hosts free, which is fun to play around with. Then it's about four dollars a month per host, which is very affordable for what you get out of it. We have a lot of hosts that we put a lot of custom metrics into, and every host gives you an allowance for the number of custom metrics.

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Overview

Amazon CloudWatch is a monitoring service for AWS cloud resources and the applications you run on AWS. You can use Amazon CloudWatch to collect and track metrics, collect and monitor log files, set alarms, and automatically react to changes in your AWS resources. Amazon CloudWatch can monitor AWS resources such as Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon DynamoDB tables, and Amazon RDS DB instances, as well as custom metrics generated by your applications and services, and any log files your applications generate. You can use Amazon CloudWatch to gain system-wide visibility into resource utilization, application performance, and operational health. You can use these insights to react and keep your application running smoothly.

Datadog is a monitoring service for IT, Dev and Ops teams who write and run applications at scale, and want to turn the massive amounts of data produced by their apps, tools and services into actionable insight.
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Sample Customers
AirAsia, Airbnb, Aircel, APUS, Avazu, Casa & Video, Futbol Club Barcelona (FCBarcelona), National Taiwan University, redBusAdobe, Samsung, facebook, HP Cloud Services, Electronic Arts, salesforce, Stanford University, CiTRIX, Chef, zendesk, Hearst Magazines, Spotify, mercardo libre, Slashdot, Ziff Davis, PBS, MLS, The Motley Fool, Politico, Barneby's
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company43%
Media Company12%
Comms Service Provider10%
Insurance Company9%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider25%
Software R&D Company13%
Retailer13%
Philanthropy13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company34%
Comms Service Provider11%
Media Company9%
Retailer7%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business57%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise7%
Large Enterprise60%
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