AWS CloudWatch Logs Transformed
Frustrated with CloudWatch and Serverless debugging?
You don't have to be ...
SenseDeep provides an easier way.
AWS CloudWatch is a convenient, unified logging solution so you can collect and access all your operational and performance data in one place. However, while the CloudWatch capture and storage facilities are excellent, the viewing and querying options are slow and limited.
We've tried a number of offerings that build upon the CloudWatch Logs service, but never found the experience I was looking for.
As a developer, I wanted:
- Speed to immediately scan thousands of log events without delay
- Live tail to see new log events as they arrived
- Powerful structured queries to quickly locate errors
- The ability to save my common log views in a dashboard
The AWS log console, while usable, is too slow to make this effective. It takes up to 2-4 seconds to load page by page of log events. The CloudWatch Insights product is more powerful for queries, but can take over a minute for a single query.
To address these needs, and build upon the solid CloudWatch foundation, we created SenseDeep.
SenseDeep is an AWS CloudWatch Logs solution that runs fast, 100% in your browser. It transparently downloads and stores log events in your browser application cache for immediate and later viewing. It offers smooth scrolling and powerful full text and structured queries.
CloudWatch + SenseDeep
Here is a quick comparison of CloudWatch Logs and how SenseDeep augments these capabilities to offer a more complete logging solution.
|Capture Log Data|
|Retain Log Data|
|Manage Retention Policies|
|Time to show next page||> 1-2 seconds||< 1/100th second|
|Time to page through 1000 events||>20 seconds||<1/2 second|
|Automatically Aggregate Log Streams|
|Transparent Event Pre-Cache|
|Live Refresh and Live Tail|
|Infinite Smooth Scroll|
|Understand Structured Events|
|Save Log Views and View Formatting|
Cache Log Data in your Browser
SenseDeep is dramatically faster than other solutions because it has a unique architecture. SenseDeep runs a
SenseDeepWatcher lambda in your account which ingests logs and stores them in a high-performance DynamoDB logging database in your account. This means your log data is never shipped over the public internet to a 3rd party storage facility.
SenseDeep also caches critical data in your browser. SenseDeep fetches log events in the background and caches them locally. As you scroll forward or backward, SenseDeep transparently fetches new log events to anticipate your need. With SenseDeep, events can be displayed, queried, and scrolled with lightning speed.
There is nothing to install. Just navigate your browser to:
To learn more about SenseDeep and how to use the app, please read the documentation at:
Please let us know what you think, we thrive on feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org.