If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Amazon CloudWatch, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
It's a good product. It does what it says it's going to do. In the beginning, you've got to really focus on your optimization, and have somebody who understands it from the beginning. That was a part of the implementation, to be able to do the maintenance and be effective at it. I would rate it an eight out of ten because overall it's really good. I'm sure they're going to add more features and more things over time, but it's a pretty complete product for the most part. Again, some of the learning pieces could be better, the reporting could be better. It's not perfect, but it's not bad. It's pretty good.
I don't check the version we use, so I'm unsure if we're using the latest one or not. Since it's a cloud application, I assume it's always the most up-to-date option. Since Cloudwatch isn't a free service, I'd advise other organizations to really know what they want to monitor to avoid extra costs. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. If the solution revised its pricing and simplified its portfolio of monitoring services I'd rate it higher.
We're not using the latest version of the solution. We might be using the latest version minus one. I would advise other users that they need to understand the solution and what it is capable of doing. From there, they should build out their use case and try to see if the solution will fit into it. It's a good idea to do a POC. Unless you do a technical evaluation and a proof of concept, you will not be 100% thorough in your preparations before implementing any kind of solution. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.