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AppSignal vs Honeycomb: 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, Honeycomb is detailed as "Observability for a distributed world--designed for high cardinality data and collaborative problem solving 🐝💖". We built Honeycomb to answer the hard questions that come up when you're trying to operate your software–to debug microservices, serverless, distributed systems, polyglot persistence, containers, and a world of fast, parallel deploys.

AppSignal and Honeycomb can be categorized as "Performance Monitoring" tools.

Some of the features offered by AppSignal are:

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

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

  • High-performance querying against high-cardinality or sparse events.
  • Accepts any structured JSON objects with a write key.
  • Submit events via API.
Decisions about AppSignal and Honeycomb
Kamil Kowalski
Lead Architect at Fresha · | 3 upvotes · 127.1K 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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Pros of AppSignal
Pros of Honeycomb
  • 14
    Easy setup
  • 8
    Logs Errors
  • 7
    Tracks performance
  • 6
    Support Elixir
  • 6
    Profiles Ruby Memory Usage
  • 6
    Elixir support out of the box
  • 5
    Great UI
  • 5
    In App Customer support via chat
  • 4
    Affordable, holistic, All-in-One solution for Rails
  • 4
    Custom metrics
  • 4
    GIT Integration
  • 4
    Cheapest option
  • 4
    Anomaly detection
  • 2
    Powerful UI
  • 2
    High-Cardinality Data
  • 2
    BubbleUp + Heat maps
  • 1
    Better Value

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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 Honeycomb?

We built Honeycomb to answer the hard questions that come up when you're trying to operate your software–to debug microservices, serverless, distributed systems, polyglot persistence, containers, and a world of fast, parallel deploys.

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