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95% willing to recommend
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Executive Summary
Updated on Jun 29, 2023

We performed a comparison between AppDynamics vs Datadog based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both AppDynamics and Datadog report straightforward and simple setup and deployment, though some Datadog users mention mild complexity.
  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their flexibility, stability, and scalability.
    AppDynamics users say it has robust automation and customization abilities. Some users mention that there are many KPIs not available in AppDynamics. Datadog users like its AI and ML capabilities, along with its cloud and analysis monitoring, but mention its lack of deeper application-level insight and ET functionality.
  • Pricing: AppDynamics users report the product being pricey but worthwhile. Datadog users report high pricing with some dissatisfaction with the licensing structure and packages.
  • ROI: A few AppDynamics users report high ROI. Datadog users do not mention ROI.
  • Service and Support: Users of both products report satisfaction with the level of response and support they receive. Datadog users report 24/7 support, whereas AppDynamics users report that support may not always be on standby.

Comparison Results: AppDynamics has an edge in this comparison because it received higher marks in the ease of deployment, pricing, and ROI categories.

To learn more, read our detailed AppDynamics vs. Datadog Report (Updated: March 2024).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: Any advice about APM solutions?
Answer: The key is to have a holistic view over the complete infrastructure, the ones you have listed are great for APM if you need to monitor applications end to end. I have tested them all and have not found one capable to give me solutions they all report you have a problem but you need to figure out what the problems is. So we have decided to develop our own AI and it is not only monitoring OSI layer 1 -3 but layer 1-8 as well it give you a solution what has been wrong based on delays in transactions combined with security. We have deployed this now across healthcare in the USA as well Airports but it is working on every industry and working in a SaaS solution. But if I have a chose between the tools you mentioned, Dynatrace is the best choose it is easy to install and has a great interface. Also it has almost no configuration.
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Pros
"Provides monitoring more around business processes versus just servers, applications, etc. E.g., with complex systems, where a business process passes across multiple applications, the business needs us to monitor the heath of the process, not just a segment of the application.""The SAP monitoring element is very helpful.""It's made it easier to collaborate across teams; be able to have the same data immediately in front of you just by sharing a URL.""The solution helps us provide a better user experience to our customers.""AppDynamics has a very broad range of supported technologies, and it's user-friendly. It looks nice, and it's easy to sell the solution to the stakeholders when we can visualize how the website is working. For example, where we have any problems through visual analytics.""The most valuable feature of AppDynamics is Proactive Monitoring and Alerting.""It is easy to gain visibility into complex environments with AppDynamics. It has the ability to combine operation information of the environment and business information with strong business IQ support.""AppDynamics provides us with detailed information about the performance of the underlying infrastructure, including servers, databases, and external services."

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"I have found error reporting and log centralization the most valuable features. Overall, Datadog provides a full package solution.""The installation step is pretty straightforward.""Even if we don't end up using Datadog, it revealed problems and optimizations to us that weren't obvious before.""Datadog provides tracing and logging, whereas Dynatrace focuses on tracing, and Splunk is more of a logging tool. Datadog's advantage is that we don't need two tools.""I don't have to worry about upgrades with the AWS version.""Datadog is constantly adding new features.""We can handle debugging and find out why things are breaking in our applications.""Datadog has so far been a breeze to use and set up."

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Cons
"In the current version of AppDynamics, there is a correlated section, where we can see all servers’ performance along with application performance, but network performance is missing.""If it can be able to intelligently provide all the things we need to look at, from a data point of view, that would be very useful.""The network diagnostics that they are adding will be really useful. They could add more detail into what is going on in the network.""Needs more integration with applications suites, like Oracle Enterprise Server or BMC Remedy.""The cost element is an issue. I can't expect the company to change its way of work. However, given the fact that we earn and do all our business in South African Rand, I would prefer to buy in Rand as opposed to the American dollar or British pound.""There are many KPIs that are not available in AppDynamics.""The GUI can be overwhelming at first to a novice Dev or Ops support person, and the possible root causes of an issue do not bubble up to the first screen you see.""Their support should be improved. Clusters and monitoring can also be improved."

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"I found the solution to be stable, I did not experience any bugs or glitches. However, some of the managing team did.""We'd like Datadog to make the log storage cheaper.""It can be overwhelming for new people as it has a lot of features.""We have recently had a number of issues with stability and delays on logging, monitoring, metric evaluation, and alerts.""More pre-configured "Monitor Alerts" would be helpful.""The ability to find what you are looking for when starting out could be improved.""Deploying the agents is still very manual.""The installation is easy for me. However, if you are new to this solution it might not be so easy."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The product’s licencing policy is competitive. However, properly identify and size your needs to get the best rate."
  • "As a technical person, and as an application development team, they all understand that this is the right tool for us. But when it comes to budget and financial matters, it takes days and weeks to convince upper management to buy this tool. So they should do something more on licensing costs."
  • "It is not a cheap tool, but you also save in manpower to setup because it is easy and fast. At the end of the day, I think the revenue is much better. BUT, they have an awful co-term mode of licensing."
  • "It could be cheaper. It's a little cost prohibitive. There are so many features that also show a lot of value, but it’s not always easy to justify the cost."
  • "Because it is priced per JVM, the price can increase pretty fast, into the millions. We have had challenges because we had to justify the price to our clients, as well, when we are putting in certain tools."
  • "It would be better if there were more solutions incorporated into the base price. ​"
  • "The way it is structured in terms of price could be better. You pay for individual modules and that adds on to the cost, which detracts you from implementing those modules and slows you down."
  • "Take into consideration what you get for specific pricing models and how much it costs to add on things you may need later.​"
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  • "​Pricing seems reasonable. It depends on the size of your organization, the size of your infrastructure, and what portion of your overall business costs go toward infrastructure."
  • "It has always scaled for us. Cost scales up too, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. It's reasonable for what they're providing."
  • "Pricing and licensing are reasonable for what they give you. You get the first five hosts free, which is fun to play around with. Then it's about four dollars a month per host, which is very affordable for what you get out of it. We have a lot of hosts that we put a lot of custom metrics into, and every host gives you an allowance for the number of custom metrics."
  • "At my last company, we did see ROI, specifically around response time. We could get to mission critical things that were down and losing revenue on immediately. So, the product paid itself back."
  • "The pricing and licensing through AWS Marketplace has been good. It would be nice if it was cheaper, but their pricing is reasonable for what it is. Sometimes, for their newer features, they charge as if it's fully fleshed out, even though it is a newer feature and it may have less stuff than their other items."
  • "It costs the same amount it would if we were hosting it ourselves, so we are incredibly happy with the cost."
  • "The pricing came up a bit compared to their competitors. It is not that the price has risen, but that the competitors have gone down. They keep adding more features that I would have expected to be baked in at a more nominal price. I have been increasingly dissatisfied with the pricing, but not enough to jump ship."
  • "It didn't scale well from the cost perspective. We had a custom package deal."
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    Answers from the Community
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    Adrian Antonypillai - PeerSpot reviewerAdrian Antonypillai
    User

    We are currently going through a paper-based analysis to select an Enterprise APM solution.


    Our Contenders are


    1. Dynatrace


    2. Cisco(AppDynamics)


    3. Broadcom DX-APM


    Shortlisted based on existing relationships with other products and services they provide.


    We discounted New Relic- despite their growing capability - as they are yet to enter the enterprise APM solution scene.


    With regards to your response "We eliminated Datadog due to a lack of real user monitoring and AppD based on experience and licensing .." :


    Will you be willing to expand on Appd - what was your experience and issues w.r.t licensing. These could help us with our evaluation. Much appreciated. Regards Adrian

    reviewer802371 - PeerSpot reviewerreviewer802371 (Service Assurance, Senior Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
    Real User

    Could you please share your requirements ? There are a lot tools can be added to the list. I spent almost 6 months to test and check many tools then I select eG enterprise.

    Neryub Khan - PeerSpot reviewerNeryub Khan
    Real User

    Thanks 

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:There are many factors and we know little about your requirements (size of org, technology stack, management systems, the scope of implementation). Our goal was to consolidate APM and infra… more »
    Top Answer:Hi Avi! It's great to see your thorough approach to selecting an APM package for your MSP company. Considering your focus on SMBs and enterprises in Israel, Dynatrace seems like a solid choice with… more »
    Top Answer:With Datadog, we have near-live visibility across our entire platform. We have seen APM metrics impacted several times lately using the dashboards we have created with Datadog; they are very good core… more »
    Top Answer:Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether the Datadog or Dynatrace network monitoring software was the better fit for us. We decided to go with Dynatrace. Dynatrace offers network… more »
    Top Answer:The tool's deployment is easy.
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    Also Known As
    AppD, AppDynamics APM
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    Overview

    AppDynamics is a leader in APM (application performance monitoring) tools. The solution is designed to help you spot application issues on the spot so you can get to the root causes of problems, all in real time. In addition, AppDynamics offers seamless traceability and is fully capable of enhancing application performance and visibility in the multicloud world. It uses AI to solve application problems and prevent them from occurring in the future. AppDynamics is a great tool that can help your organization make critical, strategic decisions and is ideal for businesses of all sizes.

    AppDynamics Features

    AppDynamics has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Code level visibility
    • Dynamic baselining
    • Powerful alerting
    • Visibility and control
    • Quick installation
    • Mobile real-user monitoring
    • Browser real-user monitoring
    • Application performance management
    • Database agents
    • Server visibility
    • Trend database performance over time
    • Data retention
    • Monitors multiple platforms
    • Troubleshoots performance issues
    • Synthetic monitoring
    • Continuously monitors in a high-volume environment

    AppDynamics Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing AppDynamics. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Deep insights: The AppDynamics solution can provide deep insights into your processes, including real-time insights into performance, user experience, objectives, and business outcomes.
    • Unified monitoring: With AppDynamics, six monitoring applications are combined into a single robust solution. In turn, you gain complete visibility and multi-channel user experience management. The solution’s unified monitoring also quickly produces previews that are more accurate.
    • Data-led customer experience: By using AppDynamics, you can ingest and analyze data across your entire technology stack and transform it into detailed visualizations. This allows you to easily make the right business decisions while enhancing the user experience and also driving better business results.
    • Advanced network visibility: AppDynamics allows you to gain insight across your entire technology stack. As a result, you have greater visibility of the external networks that your applications rely on, which enables you to quickly resolve issues with connections to Domain Name Service (DNS), Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the AppDynamics solution.

    Chandan K., Associate Director at a financial services firm, says, “The tracing is the most important aspect of the solution. The way it traces the information within the particular application or within the particular infrastructure is great. That actually helps. Apart from that, all of the data that's in the production APM is good.”

    PeerSpot user, Yacin H., Responsable Commercial at Zen Networks, mentions, “You can use one module for each server, for each application, and for each API”. He also adds, “With the solution you can put add-ons on it and it's very customizable. You can customize it easily. If you want something that the tool doesn't have, you can add it easily.”

    Another reviewer, a Head Of Information Technology at a mining and metals company expresses, "The solution helps us save a lot of time on certain tasks. The dashboards of the solution are excellent. The stability is good.”

    David G., Systems Engineer at a tech services company, states, “The solution has beneficial application analysis, is highly scalable, and has a great ROI.”

    Datadog is a cloud monitoring solution that is designed to assist administrators, IT teams, and other members of an organization who are charged with keeping a close eye on their networks. Administrators can use Datadog to set real-time alerts and schedule automated report generation. They can deal with issues as they arise and keep up to date with the overall health of their network while still being able to focus on other tasks. Users can also track the historical performance of their networks and ensure that they operate at the highest possible level.

    Datadog Benefits

    Some of the ways that organizations can benefit by deploying Datadog include:

    • Gain an integrated view of the services and programs that IT teams are employing across their networks. Users can view and monitor all of the disparate programs that they have running across their networks with this one solution. They can track these programs across the entirety of the data’s life cycle.
    • Analyze and utilize massive amounts of data in real time. Datadog’s dashboards gather data in real time. Administrators can utilize their network’s data the minute that it becomes relevant to them. Decisions can be made based on the most current information available.
    • Keep your cloud network secured against digital threats. Datadog enables users to create alerts that will notify the minute that threats arise. IT teams and administrators can rapidly address any issue that comes up and prevent any existing problem from growing worse.
    • Easily get it up and running. Users can set up Datadog, configure it, and employ API integrations to connect it to external solutions with ease.

    Datadog Features

    • Customizable and prefabricated monitoring dashboards. Administrators are supplied with two different types of dashboards that they can choose from when they are setting up Datadog. They can customize the dashboards to fit any specialized monitoring need. Additionally, users can choose to use prefabricated dashboards that come with the solution.
    • Disaster recovery feature. Datadog has a built-in feature that enables organizations to continue functioning if some disaster strikes their network. If the network suffers damage, Datadog can restore lost data and infrastructure. Should a digital threat do damage to the network, Datadog ensures that the damage is not irreparable.
    • Vulnerability scanning tool. Users can keep ahead of threats to their networks by employing Datadog’s vulnerability scanning feature. This tool scans the entirety of a user’s network and warns them if a vulnerability is detected. Users can then move to patch these holes in their security before the threat to their network can escalate.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Datadog is a solution that stands out when compared to many of its competitors. It can offer organizations many advantages. Two major advantages are the dashboards that users can create and the monitoring capability that it gives system administrators.

    A senior manager in charge of site reliability engineering at Extra Space Storage writes, “The dashboards we created are core indicators of the health of our system, and it is one of the most reliable sources we have turned to, especially as we have seen APM metrics impacted several times lately. We can usually rely on logs to tell us what the apps are doing.”

    Housecall Pro’s senior director of DevOps writes, “We value the monitoring capability since it allows us to be pushed alerts, rather than having to observe graphs continually.

    Sample Customers
    Cisco, Sony, Nasdaq, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Edmunds.com, Puma, Fox News, DirecTV, Pizza Hut, T-Systems, Cornell University, OpenTable, BITMARCK, Green Mountain Power, Care.com, Overstock, Paddy Power, eHarmony, Kraft, The Motley Fool, The Container Store, and more See more customers
    Adobe, Samsung, facebook, HP Cloud Services, Electronic Arts, salesforce, Stanford University, CiTRIX, Chef, zendesk, Hearst Magazines, Spotify, mercardo libre, Slashdot, Ziff Davis, PBS, MLS, The Motley Fool, Politico, Barneby's
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm31%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Educational Organization40%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Financial Services Firm22%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Comms Service Provider11%
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    Computer Software Company12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business8%
    Midsize Enterprise45%
    Large Enterprise47%
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    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise44%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise38%
    Large Enterprise46%
    Buyer's Guide
    AppDynamics vs. Datadog
    March 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about AppDynamics vs. Datadog and other solutions. Updated: March 2024.
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    AppDynamics is ranked 5th in Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability with 153 reviews while Datadog is ranked 1st in Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability with 136 reviews. AppDynamics is rated 8.2, while Datadog is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of AppDynamics writes "Very good real-time monitoring capabilities, deep problem diagnosis, and transaction mapping". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Datadog writes "Very good RUM, synthetics, and infrastructure host maps". AppDynamics is most compared with Dynatrace, Elastic Observability, Splunk Enterprise Security, New Relic and SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor, whereas Datadog is most compared with Dynatrace, Azure Monitor, New Relic, AWS X-Ray and Elastic Observability. See our AppDynamics vs. Datadog report.

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