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What is Honeycomb?

We built Honeycomb to answer the hard questions that come up when you're trying to operate your software鈥搕o debug microservices, serverless, distributed systems, polyglot persistence, containers, and a world of fast, parallel deploys.
Honeycomb is a tool in the Performance Monitoring category of a tech stack.

Who uses Honeycomb?

Companies
6 companies reportedly use Honeycomb in their tech stacks, including LaunchDarkly, CircleCI, and CarGurus.

Developers
20 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Honeycomb.

Honeycomb Integrations

JavaScript, Python, Node.js, nginx, and Slack are some of the popular tools that integrate with Honeycomb. Here's a list of all 24 tools that integrate with Honeycomb.
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Public Decisions about Honeycomb

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Honeycomb in their tech stack.

Robert Zuber
Robert Zuber
CTO at CircleCI | 8 upvotes 548.5K views

Our primary source of monitoring and alerting is Datadog. We鈥檝e got prebuilt dashboards for every scenario and integration with PagerDuty to manage routing any alerts. We鈥檝e definitely scaled past the point where managing dashboards is easy, but we haven鈥檛 had time to invest in using features like Anomaly Detection. We鈥檝e started using Honeycomb for some targeted debugging of complex production issues and we are liking what we鈥檝e seen. We capture any unhandled exceptions with Rollbar and, if we realize one will keep happening, we quickly convert the metrics to point back to Datadog, to keep Rollbar as clean as possible.

We use Segment to consolidate all of our trackers, the most important of which goes to Amplitude to analyze user patterns. However, if we need a more consolidated view, we push all of our data to our own data warehouse running PostgreSQL; this is available for analytics and dashboard creation through Looker.

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Honeycomb's Features

  • High-performance querying against high-cardinality or sparse events.
  • Accepts any structured JSON objects with a write key.
  • Submit events via API.
  • Open source agents, log tailers, SDKs, and integrations.
  • Customizable high-performance query windows.
  • Customizable storage windows provide control over retention and costs.
  • Always have access to the the raw data behind query results and graphs.
  • Shared boards.
  • Individual and team query histories.
  • Triggers and notifications.
  • Secure Tenancy for data compliance.

Honeycomb Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Honeycomb?
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!
Beehive
Beehive is an event and agent system, which allows you to create your own agents that perform automated tasks triggered by events and filters. It is modular, flexible and really easy to extend for anyone. It has modules (we call them Hives), so it can interface with, talk to, or retrieve information from Twitter, Tumblr, Email, IRC, Jabber, RSS, Jenkins, Hue - to name just a few.
New Relic
New Relic is the all-in-one web application performance tool that lets you see performance from the end user experience, through servers, and down to the line of application code.
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.
AppDynamics
AppDynamics develops application performance management (APM) solutions that deliver problem resolution for highly distributed applications through transaction flow monitoring and deep diagnostics.
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Honeycomb's Followers
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