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Alternatives to Apache SkyWalking

New Relic, Datadog, OpenCensus, Dynatrace, and Azure Application Insights are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Apache SkyWalking.
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What is Apache SkyWalking and what are its top alternatives?

It is an open source application performance monitoring for distributed system. It provides tracing, service mesh observability, metrics analysis, alarm and visualization.
Apache SkyWalking is a tool in the Performance Monitoring category of a tech stack.
Apache SkyWalking is an open source tool with 23.2K GitHub stars and 6.4K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Apache SkyWalking's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Apache SkyWalking

  • New Relic
    New Relic

    The world’s best software and DevOps teams rely on New Relic to move faster, make better decisions and create best-in-class digital experiences. If you run software, you need to run New Relic. More than 50% of the Fortune 100 do too. ...

  • Datadog
    Datadog

    Datadog is the leading service for cloud-scale monitoring. It is used by IT, operations, and development teams who build and operate applications that run on dynamic or hybrid cloud infrastructure. Start monitoring in minutes with Datadog! ...

  • OpenCensus
    OpenCensus

    It is a set of libraries for various languages that allow you to collect application metrics and distributed traces, then transfer the data to a backend of your choice in real time. This data can be analyzed by developers and admins to understand the health of the application and debug problems. ...

  • Dynatrace
    Dynatrace

    It is an AI-powered, full stack, automated performance management solution. It provides user experience analysis that identifies and resolves application performance issues faster than ever before. ...

  • Azure Application Insights
    Azure Application Insights

    It is an extensible Application Performance Management service for developers and DevOps professionals. Use it to monitor your live applications. It will automatically detect performance anomalies, and includes powerful analytics tools. ...

  • phpMyAdmin
    phpMyAdmin

    As a portable web application written primarily in PHP, it has become one of the most popular MySQL administration tools, especially for web hosting services. ...

  • AppDynamics
    AppDynamics

    AppDynamics develops application performance management (APM) solutions that deliver problem resolution for highly distributed applications through transaction flow monitoring and deep diagnostics. ...

  • ruxit
    ruxit

    Ruxit is a all-in-one performance monitoring solution for cloud natives. In under five minutes customizable dashboard views show you your application's performance data. ...

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