Datadog vs Grafana: What are the differences?
Developers describe Datadog 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!. On the other hand, Grafana is detailed as "Open source Graphite & InfluxDB Dashboard and Graph Editor". Grafana is a general purpose dashboard and graph composer. It's focused on providing rich ways to visualize time series metrics, mainly though graphs but supports other ways to visualize data through a pluggable panel architecture. It currently has rich support for for Graphite, InfluxDB and OpenTSDB. But supports other data sources via plugins.
Datadog can be classified as a tool in the "Performance Monitoring" category, while Grafana is grouped under "Monitoring Tools".
Some of the features offered by Datadog are:
- 14-day Free Trial for an unlimited number of hosts
- 200+ turn-key integrations for data aggregation
- Clean graphs of StatsD and other integrations
On the other hand, Grafana provides the following key features:
- Create, edit, save & search dashboards
- Change column spans and row heights
- Drag and drop panels to rearrange
"Monitoring for many apps (databases, web servers, etc)" is the primary reason why developers consider Datadog over the competitors, whereas "Beautiful" was stated as the key factor in picking Grafana.
Grafana is an open source tool with 29.3K GitHub stars and 5.55K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Grafana's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Grafana has a broader approval, being mentioned in 558 company stacks & 313 developers stacks; compared to Datadog, which is listed in 532 company stacks and 213 developer stacks.
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