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Log Sorting with AWS CloudWatch, AWS CloudWatch Insights

 The cool thing is, I was contracted to make these videos to help people decide which service they wanted to use for their logging - CloudWatch, CloudWatch Insights, DataDog, or New Relic.

I'm searching through nginx logs. I have accompanying videos of each service that you can find on the CloudAvail Youtube page; See these links to go to the DataDog and NewRelic posts.

 

The idea was to be subjective in the videos, but I can be objective on my personal blog.

 

 

CloudWatch

 

 


The syntax is odd, but easy to grasp. Sort by IP addresses, message codes, and status codes. The simplest query system, but not quite robust.

 

Insights

 

 


 

The syntax has changed - Vastly. I see major SQL influences. You can see that in how the parse function works - in this case, it's often taken pieces of a pre-existing standard - in this case, message - and breaking them into their own categories you can reference.

 

 The functionality seems to be relevant for a different set of data - As if we're looking for something different with Insights than we are for CloudWatch vanilla.



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