What are some alternatives to CloudWatch for monitoring AWS resources?

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AWS Cloudwatch is a useful service for monitoring AWS resources and applications. However, there are several alternatives that offer additional features and capabilities:

  • Datadog
    Datadog is a popular AWS Cloudwatch alternative. It offers:
  • Infrastructure monitoring for AWS and other clouds
  • Application performance monitoring
  • Log management
  • Network performance monitoring
  • Security monitoring
  • Dynatrace
    Dynatrace provides:
  • Full stack application monitoring
  • Infrastructure monitoring
  • AIOps capabilities with AI and automation
  • Distributed tracing
  • Root cause analysis
  • New Relic
    New Relic offers:
  • Application performance monitoring
  • Infrastructure monitoring
  • Log management
  • Synthetic monitoring
  • Custom dashboards and alerts
  • Zabbix
    Zabbix is an open source monitoring solution that provides:
  • Server, network and application monitoring
  • Flexible alerting
  • Scalable architecture
  • Customizable dashboards
  • SolarWinds
    SolarWinds offers:
  • Server and application monitoring
  • Network performance monitoring
  • Storage and virtualization monitoring
  • Built-in dashboards and reports
  • Notification and alerting

In summary, AWS Cloudwatch is a good option for basic monitoring of AWS resources. But for more advanced use cases like application performance monitoring, distributed tracing, AIOps and log management, tools like Datadog, Dynatrace, New Relic and Zabbix provide more features and capabilities. These alternatives also support monitoring of on-premises and multi-cloud environments, not just AWS.

The right alternative for you depends on your specific monitoring needs, budget, and preference for open source vs. proprietary software. But all of the above tools offer key advantages over AWS Cloudwatch’s more limited feature set.


  1. https://betterstack.com/community/comparisons/cloudwatch-alternatives/
  2. https://www.g2.com/products/amazon-cloudwatch/competitors/alternatives
  3. https://stackshare.io/amazon-cloudwatch/alternatives

I'm Abhay Singh, an Architect with 9 Years of It experience. AWS Certified Solutions Architect.

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