DataDog Competitors and Alternatives: Pros & Cons

Considering alternatives to Datadog? DataDog has a high learning curve and can be quite expensive if you need to monitor a lot of hosts and microservices.

Here are top DataDog competitors that can offer similar functionality with a simpler user interface and smaller costs. But first, let's dig deep into DataDog to know its competitors.

What is DataDog?

DataDogopen in new window is a monitoring solution that you can use to monitor your cloud infrastructure, applications, containers, network, logs, and even AWS lambdas.

DataDog allows you to monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize cloud-based applications all the way down to a single line of code or individual user requests.

DataDog

Features

  • Distributed tracing
  • Metrics
  • Infrastructure monitoring
  • Log management
  • Continuous Profiling
  • Real users monitoring
  • Alerting with machine learning capabilities
  • And more

Pricing

  • Complicated. Depending on a feature, you may pay per host, per service, or a fixed price.

Pros

  • Full observability solution
  • Tons of features you never heard of
  • Large number of integrations
  • Rich and flexible metrics dashboards

Cons

  • No public playground
  • Overwhelming for newcomers with a complicated UI that has over 100 pages
  • Some features seem to overlap or duplicate each other
  • Complicated billing sometimes results in nasty surprises

DataDog competitors

Uptrace

Uptraceopen in new window is an open source DataDog alternative that helps developers pinpoint failures and find performance bottlenecks. Uptrace can process billions of spans on a single server and allows to monitor your software at 10x lower cost.

Uptrace DataDog competitor

Features

  • Distributed tracing
  • Metrics
  • Infrastructure monitoring
  • Log management
  • Alerting with anomaly detection

Pricing

  • Starts from $30 for 200 gigabytes, then $0.13 per gigabyte
  • Each span is around 500 bytes
  • Unlimited users, services, and hosts

Pros

Cons

  • Low number of pre-built metrics dashboards
  • Dashboards only support basic chart types
  • No support for profiling or real user monitoring

Instana

Instanaopen in new window provides Enterprise Observability and APM for Cloud-Native Applications. Instana APM enables software teams to monitor application performance and availability.

Instana DataDog competitor

Features

  • Distributed tracing
  • Infrastructure monitoring
  • Log management

Montly pricing

  • Starts from $750
  • $75 per host (minimum order quantity of 10 hosts)

Pros

Cons

  • No custom metrics dashboards
  • No support for profiling or real user monitoring

LightStep

LightStepopen in new window is the cloud-native reliability platform.

LightStep DataDog altertnative

Features

  • Distributed tracing
  • Metrics
  • Infrastructure monitoring
  • Log management
  • Alerts

Monthly pricing

  • $100 per service
  • Each service gets 1TB and 10k timeseries
  • Each span is around 500 bytes

Pros

  • Public playgroundopen in new window with really helpful instructions and hints
  • Latency can be compared to 1 hour / day / week prior using a histogram
  • Correlations can help find the root cause of latency regressions
  • Stream-based alerts
  • OpenTelemetry contributor

Cons

  • Limited query builder capabilities
  • Playground API is often slow and unresponsive even though the number of spans in the public dataset is low
  • No profiling and real user monitoring

NewRelic

New Relic Oneopen in new window is the leading observability platform where Dev and Ops teams come together to solve problems with data.

NewRelic DataDog alternative

Features

  • Distributed tracing
  • Log management
  • Metrics
  • Infrastructure monitoring
  • Real users monitoring
  • Alerting with anomaly detection

Monthly pricing

  • $0.25 per GB
  • $99 per full platform user
  • $49 per core User

Pros

  • Large number of features and integrations
  • Support for multiple datasets

Cons

  • No public playground
  • Complicated UI
  • Lack of a single pricing page for all features. Tends to be more expensive than DataDog.

Honeycomb

Honeycombopen in new window is a fast analysis tool that reveals the truth about how users experience your code in complex and unpredictable environments.

Honeycomb DataDog competitor

Features

  • Distributed tracing
  • Log management
  • Metrics
  • Infrastructure monitoring
  • Integrated alerting

Monthly pricing

  • $100 for up to 100 million events
  • $400 for up to 450 million events
  • $1200 for up to 1500 million events

Pros

Cons

  • Minimalistic "build it yourself" UI
  • Requires writing queries to get any results

Sematext

Sematextopen in new window is a full-stack cloud monitoring solution that is easy to set up and that gives you in-depth visibility into your IT infrastructure.

Sematext DataDog alternative

Features

  • Log management
  • Metrics
  • Infrastructure monitoring
  • Uptime checks (Synthetics)
  • Alerts

Monthly pricing

  • Logs start with $50/month. $1.56/GB if you ingest 1GB/day, less if you ingest more.
  • Monitoring is $5/month for each agent
  • Unlimited users

Pros

Cons

  • No support for distributed tracing
  • Logs are rather expensive
  • Logs have minimalistic filtering capabilities

DataDog open source alternatives

Some of the DataDog features are provided by Open source distributed tracing tools, for example, SkyWalking or SigNoz.

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