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AppSignal vs Datadog: What are the differences?

Developers describe AppSignal as "Monitoring for Ruby and Elixir. By developers, for developers". AppSignal gives you and your team alerts and detailed metrics about your Ruby or Elixir application Sensible pricing, no aggressive sales & support by developers.. On the other hand, Datadog is detailed as "Unify logs, metrics, and traces from across your distributed infrastructure". 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!.

AppSignal and Datadog belong to "Performance Monitoring" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by AppSignal are:

  • Track errors
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Compare deploys. Monitor background jobs.

On the other hand, Datadog provides the following key features:

  • 14-day Free Trial for an unlimited number of hosts
  • 200+ turn-key integrations for data aggregation
  • Clean graphs of StatsD and other integrations

"Easy setup" is the primary reason why developers consider AppSignal over the competitors, whereas "Monitoring for many apps (databases, web servers, etc)" was stated as the key factor in picking Datadog.

According to the StackShare community, Datadog has a broader approval, being mentioned in 532 company stacks & 213 developers stacks; compared to AppSignal, which is listed in 24 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

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Farzeem Diamond Jiwani
Software Engineer at IVP · | 5 upvotes · 699.3K views
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Hey there! We are looking at Datadog, Dynatrace, AppDynamics, and New Relic as options for our web application monitoring.

Current Environment: .NET Core Web app hosted on Microsoft IIS

Future Environment: Web app will be hosted on Microsoft Azure

Tech Stacks: IIS, RabbitMQ, Redis, Microsoft SQL Server

Requirement: Infra Monitoring, APM, Real - User Monitoring (User activity monitoring i.e., time spent on a page, most active page, etc.), Service Tracing, Root Cause Analysis, and Centralized Log Management.

Please advise on the above. Thanks!

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We are looking for a centralised monitoring solution for our application deployed on Amazon EKS. We would like to monitor using metrics from Kubernetes, AWS services (NeptuneDB, AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), Amazon EBS, Amazon S3, etc) and application microservice's custom metrics.

We are expected to use around 80 microservices (not replicas). I think a total of 200-250 microservices will be there in the system with 10-12 slave nodes.

We tried Prometheus but it looks like maintenance is a big issue. We need to manage scaling, maintaining the storage, and dealing with multiple exporters and Grafana. I felt this itself needs few dedicated resources (at least 2-3 people) to manage. Not sure if I am thinking in the correct direction. Please confirm.

You mentioned Datadog and Sysdig charges per host. Does it charge per slave node?

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Can't say anything to Sysdig. I clearly prefer Datadog as

  • they provide plenty of easy to "switch-on" plugins for various technologies (incl. most of AWS)
  • easy to code (python) agent plugins / api for own metrics
  • brillant dashboarding / alarms with many customization options
  • pricing is OK, there are cheaper options for specific use cases but if you want superior dashboarding / alarms I haven't seen a good competitor (despite your own Prometheus / Grafana / Kibana dog food)

IMHO NewRelic is "promising since years" ;) good ideas but bad integration between their products. Their Dashboard query language is really nice but lacks critical functions like multiple data sets or advanced calculations. Needless to say you get all of that with Datadog.

Need help setting up a monitoring / logging / alarm infrastructure? Send me a message!

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Maik Schröder
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Hi Medeti,

you are right. Building based on your stack something with open source is heavy lifting. A lot of people I know start with such a set-up, but quickly run into frustration as they need to dedicated their best people to build a monitoring which is doing the job in a professional way.

As you are microservice focussed and are looking for 'low implementation and maintenance effort', you might want to have a look at INSTANA, which was built with modern tool stacks in mind. https://www.instana.com/apm-for-microservices/

We have a public sand-box available if you just want to have a look at the product once and of course also a free-trial: https://www.instana.com/getting-started-with-apm/

Let me know if you need anything on top.

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Attila Fulop
Management Advisor at artkonekt · | 2 upvotes · 110.3K views

I have hands on production experience both with New Relic and Datadog. I personally prefer Datadog over NewRelic because of the UI, the Documentation and the overall user/developer experience.

NewRelic however, can do basically the same things as Datadog can, and some of the features like alerting have been present in NewRelic for longer than in Datadog. The cool thing about NewRelic is their last-summer-updated pricing: you no longer pay per host but after data you send towards New Relic. This can be a huge cost saver depending on your particular setup

https://docs.newrelic.com/docs/accounts/accounts-billing/new-relic-one-pricing-billing/new-relic-one-pricing-billing

I'd go for Datadog, but given you have lots of containers I would also make a cost calculation. If the price difference is significant and there's a budget constraint NewRelic might be the better choice.

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Decisions about AppSignal and Datadog
Kamil Kowalski
Lead Architect at Fresha · | 3 upvotes · 64.2K views

Coming from a Ruby background, we've been users of New Relic for quite some time. When we adopted Elixir, the New Relic integration was young and missing essential features, so we gave AppSignal a try. It worked for quite some time, we even implemented a :telemetry reporter for AppSignal . But it was difficult to correlate data in two monitoring solutions, New Relic was undergoing a UI overhaul which made it difficult to use, and AppSignal was missing the flexibility we needed. We had some fans of Datadog, so we gave it a try and it worked out perfectly. Datadog works great with Ruby , Elixir , JavaScript , and has powerful features our engineers love to use (notebooks, dashboards, very flexible alerting). Cherry on top - thanks to the Datadog Terraform provider everything is written as code, allowing us to collaborate on our Datadog setup.

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Attila Fulop

I haven't heard much about Datadog until about a year ago. Ironically, the NewRelic sales person who I had a series of trainings with was trash talking about Datadog a lot. That drew my attention to Datadog and I gave it a try at another client project where we needed log handling, dashboards and alerting.

In 2019, Datadog was already offering log management and from that perspective, it was ahead of NewRelic. Other than that, from my perspective, the two tools are offering a very-very similar set of tools. Therefore I wouldn't say there's a significant difference between the two, the decision is likely a matter of taste. The pricing is also very similar.

The reasons why we chose Datadog over NewRelic were:

  • The presence of log handling feature (since then, logging is GA at NewRelic as well since falls 2019).
  • The setup was easier even though I already had experience with NewRelic, including participation in NewRelic trainings.
  • The UI of Datadog is more compact and my experience is smoother.
  • The NewRelic UI is very fragmented and New Relic One is just increasing this experience for me.
  • The log feature of Datadog is very well designed, I find very useful the tagging logs with services. The log filtering is also very awesome.

Bottom line is that both tools are great and it makes sense to discover both and making the decision based on your use case. In our case, Datadog was the clear winner due to its UI, ease of setup and the awesome logging and alerting features.

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Benoit Larroque
Principal Engineer at Sqreen · | 4 upvotes · 208.2K views

I chose Datadog APM because the much better APM insights it provides (flamegraph, percentiles by default).

The drawbacks of this decision are we had to move our production monitoring to TimescaleDB + Telegraf instead of NR Insight

NewRelic is definitely easier when starting out. Agent is only a lib and doesn't require a daemon

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Pros of AppSignal
Pros of Datadog
  • 14
    Easy setup
  • 8
    Logs Errors
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    Tracks performance
  • 6
    Elixir support out of the box
  • 6
    Support Elixir
  • 6
    Profiles Ruby Memory Usage
  • 5
    In App Customer support via chat
  • 5
    Great UI
  • 4
    Affordable, holistic, All-in-One solution for Rails
  • 4
    Custom metrics
  • 4
    GIT Integration
  • 4
    Cheapest option
  • 4
    Anomaly detection
  • 1
    Stroopwaffles
  • 134
    Monitoring for many apps (databases, web servers, etc)
  • 105
    Easy setup
  • 85
    Powerful ui
  • 82
    Powerful integrations
  • 69
    Great value
  • 53
    Great visualization
  • 45
    Events + metrics = clarity
  • 40
    Custom metrics
  • 40
    Notifications
  • 38
    Flexibility
  • 18
    Free & paid plans
  • 15
    Great customer support
  • 14
    Makes my life easier
  • 9
    Adapts automatically as i scale up
  • 8
    Easy setup and plugins
  • 7
    Super easy and powerful
  • 6
    In-context collaboration
  • 6
    AWS support
  • 5
    Rich in features
  • 4
    Cost
  • 4
    Docker support
  • 3
    Monitor almost everything
  • 3
    Full visibility of applications
  • 3
    Easy to Analyze
  • 3
    Expensive
  • 3
    Cute logo
  • 3
    Simple, powerful, great for infra
  • 3
    Source control and bug tracking
  • 3
    Best than others
  • 3
    Automation tools
  • 2
    Best in the field
  • 2
    Good for Startups
  • 2
    Free setup

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Cons of AppSignal
Cons of Datadog
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    • 16
      Expensive
    • 4
      No errors exception tracking
    • 2
      External Network Goes Down You Wont Be Logging
    • 1
      Complicated

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    What is AppSignal?

    AppSignal gives you and your team alerts and detailed metrics about your Ruby, Node.js or Elixir application. Sensible pricing, no aggressive sales & support by developers.

    What is 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!

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