Top 8 Cloud Monitoring Software Tools

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    The solution is stable.The pricing of the product is reasonable.
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    Because of our client focus, it is easy for us to sell. This is because it is easy to use and easy to set up.I have found error reporting and log centralization the most valuable features. Overall, Datadog provides a full package solution.
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    LogicMonitor saves time in terms of its ability to proxy a connection through a device. For example, if you are troubleshooting a device, which you may want to connect to, you can proxy this connection through the platform. As a support resource, I don't need to use multiple platforms to connect to a device to further investigate the issue. It is all consolidated. From that perspective, it saves time because a resource now only needs to use one platform.
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    The solution is easy to install and it takes a couple of hours.It's a very good tool and a very stable tool.
  6. The alerting feature has been a very key piece for us, especially in the data center because we manage it ourselves... Within the data center, we have an RDS farm that all the users from the facility connect to. Whenever something may be slow, we can look at the alerting and it helps us troubleshoot whether the issue is at the facility level or at an infrastructure level.
  7. The comprehensiveness of this solution's collection of network performance and flow data is one of the basics in the field for what it does. It meets all of our needs. So for all those areas, for the most straightforward collection capabilities, right up to NetFlow and even telemetry, it meets all those demands. Not only just basic or fundamental SNMP collection capability, but the product also supports what we need for the future with telemetry streaming. So it's very comprehensive.
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  9. The customizable reports and dashboards are really flexible. We started this partnership with Centreon, when we were looking for a solution, because of the flexibility of the reporting. That's what we found to be most attractive in the solution. You can display the data as you want.
  10. It is easy to create your own custom modules if you just know a little bit of scripting. If you have unique requirements, you can just make your own modules. You can even grab checks from other vendors. There are open-source checks for various things such as SMTP, etc. There is a long list of different ones from Nagios. You can just use them, and within seconds, you get yourself a check that is monitoring whatever you need. It is really flexible. I guess that's why they call it Pandora Flexible Monitoring System (FMS). It is reliable. It does the job, and it alerts. It is also surprisingly feature-rich. Our network guy just recently asked about a particular protocol to monitor the bandwidth on the network, which is not a common protocol. When I looked it up, and I found that they cover it. It is very mature for a not-so-known product.

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Anonymous User
With the security issues associated with SolarWinds - are people switching to other vendors?   Which ones are you switching to and why?
author avatarchamepicart
Real User

We’ve switched from Solarwinds to Centreon even before the issue occurred. It’s way cheaper and is a good alternative and very flexible to your needs. You can play with it yourself.

author avatarRobertUllman

Thousand Eyes acquired by Cisco, interesting synergies with AppDynamics APM.

author avatarTjeerd Saijoen

Riverbed is also a great solution very easy to install and a great dashboard.

author avatarIanMacfarlane
Real User

I have used both and have to say my experience with Connectwise was very good. Design for MSP's and when used with IT Glue and My It Process nice, accurate seamless. 

author avatarSonal Kashyap

We, at MapleLabs have developed best-of-the breed APM & Log mgmt. product SnappyFlow ( SnappyFlow is a unique APM & Log Monitoring application that brings together metrics, logs, tracing & synthetic monitoring in an elegant workflow and unified view. We work with SaaS companies having Cloud native applications that are micro services based, dispersed across VMs, Kubernetes & Cloud Services and straddle hybrid Clouds. SnappyFlow is best suited to optimize your cloud native apps, maximize the performance and availability of your cloud infrastructure. SnappyFlow is currently listed in AWS and vCenter marketplace and very cost-effective, scalable and flexible solution compared to its peers, including Cloudwatch. We're offering extended free trials till the time you're comfortable with the product. Please give it a thought. Thanks!

author avatarAbhirup Sarkar (EverestIMS Technologies)
Real User

Please check out InfraonIMS from EverestIMS Technologies.


The major advantage is an integrated solution which not only monitors the complete IT Infra but also provides complete visibility into the ticket lifecycle for any issues detected via the PINK-Certified InfraonDesk ITSM engine.

From a security standpoint, the tool is OWASP Certified for higher levels of protection against malicious attacks.

author avatarBernd Harzog
Real User

The hackers targeted SolarWinds because SolarWinds has many customers. To minimize the risk of being hacked through one of your vendors, this suggests choosing unpopular vendors with few customers. Which is completely irrational.

Summary - this is a really hard problem and switching vendors does nothing to reduce your risk of this type of hack.

author avatarTjeerd Saijoen

IBM Netcool is a great alterative, also available as a SaaS solution from

Popular cloud monitoring solutions on the market include Datadog, AppDynamics, Dynatrace, SolarWinds and New Relic.  If you recently researched and chose a cloud monitoring solution for your company, what solutions did you evaluate? What did you ultimately choose and why? What were the pros and cons of the different options you considered?
author avatarMark Kaplan
Real User

While the environment does matter in the selection of an APM tool, I prefer to use Dynatrace to manage the entire stack. Both production and Dev/Test. I find it to be quite superior to anything else on the market today.

author avatarTjeerd Saijoen

It depends on your requirements. For example, do you need to monitor the complete infrastructure, applications, network devices and security including, for example, Amazon or Azure or any other cloud vendor, and what kind of applications? I run IBM cloud monitoring but I've also worked with BMC, Dynatrace and AppDynamics. IBM has a total solution for enterprise environments, the other ones are more focussed on the application site. Also it depends on your knowledge of performance. Most tools are pointing to what is happening but you need to come up with the solution. 

Regards Tjeerd

author avatarDawid Van Der Merwe

The first question is - what type of cloud service are you making use of? IaaS, PaaS, SaaS (Storage and/or Software)? Do you have specific business requirements, applications, etc. that will determine the type of data you require? What kind of metrics are you looking for; fault, configuration, security, assurance/accounting, performance? On top of that, do you require identity management e.g. CIEM solutions? And finally, on which cloud platform are you; GCP, AWS, Azure? All of those questions should drive your decision making. Once you have that buttoned down, you can start asking the next set of questions; do you want it as a service, do you require on-prem solutions, agent vs agentless, polling vs event, vs passive (tap/packet broker/netflow), etc.

Sorry for all the questions, but I think the more questions you ask right from the beginning, the better the solution will fit.

author avatarBernd Harzog
Real User

The answer to this question depends upon what you mean by Cloud Monitoring "Software".

Do you mean the applications software that you built or bought and that implements your business functionality? In that case look at Dynatrace, New Relic, and Instana. 

There is also a drill down on this question that focuses upon the current and future architecture of your applications. If your applications are comprised of highly dynamic microservices orchestrated by Kubernetes you need to pay very careful attention to the problem of selecting tools that can keep up with the pace of change in your environment.

If you mean the infrastructure software that comprises the cloud and the services on the cloud that your applications rely upon, then Datadog is the clear leader in this space. But there are also very strong offerings from Dynatrace, New Relic, and Instana.

author avatarreviewer1352679 (IT Technical Architect at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees)
Real User

I'll answer based on my requirements.... Cloud for me is just another platform.  PaaS, SaaS, IaaS, on-premise hosts, VMWare, mainframe, multiple clouds are all part of my problem.  With an APM solution a key capability is transaction trace so I need a common solution across my problem set or I just start bouncing between tools. I also have infrastructure monitoring requirements and historically we used multiple tools to cover individual technologies and fill gaps.  We selected Dynatrace as it had the most extensive coverage, with event correlation across transaction traces and the topology (host -> app relationships).  The event correlation is easily a differentiating feature.  It has an additional benefit as a highly automated deployment/maintenance.  I can upgrade my entire environment with a push of a button.  Prior to our decision we had the other 3 magic quadrant solutions (BMC, AppD & New Relic) in house.  We are migrating away from all of them.  We still have a need for a separate tool for network/appliances in full transparency (solarwinds) and use ELK for logs (we have a highly customized logging solution that will be difficult to migrate away from).  I'm looking forward to Dynatrace maturing their log analytics offering to open up that opportunity.

If I was cloud only, I would consider Dynatrace or New Relic.  If I'm heavy non-cloud, easily Dynatrace.  If I didn't care about real user monitoring I would consider DataDog.

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