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"The solution has made it easier for us to trace the problems that we have with our requests and to monitor the timing of each step in each request we do in our endpoints."

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"Straightforward to integrate and automate.""The visibility that it provides is valuable. It is helping in being proactive around incident management. It is helping us to be able to get more visibility into our customers' applications so that we can assist them at the application layer. We also provide them the infrastructure from an AWS standpoint. We are able to make sure that our customers are aware of certain critical things around the analytical piece of either the network or the application. We're able to call customers before they even know about the issue. From there, we can start putting together some change management processes and help them a bit.""Datadog's ability to group and visualize the servers and the data makes it relatively easy for the root cause analysis.""Sometimes it's more user friendly for development teams. There are some parts of Datadog that are more understandable for development teams. For example, the APM in Datadog works more manually and works like the tools in New Relic or Grafana, or Elastic. It is easier to understand for software development teams.""Datadog has given us near-live visibility across our entire cloud platform.""I have found error reporting and log centralization the most valuable features. Overall, Datadog provides a full package solution.""The application performance monitoring is pretty good.""We find they have a very helpful alert system."

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"The user interface is sometimes kind of confusing to understand. It's not very user-friendly."

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"Datadog has a lot of documentation, but a lot of that documentation assumes you know how the service works, which can lead to confusion.""While I like the ease of use, when compared with Tenable Nessus they could still improve their usability.""We have recently had a number of issues with stability and delays on logging, monitoring, metric evaluation, and alerts.""I'm not sure what kind of features are in the roadmap right now, but I encourage the development of features for defining your organization, and allowing the visibility of what kind of metrics you can get. Those features would be really useful for us.""Could be a little more user friendly.""The error traceability is an area that can be improved.""Their security features could be improved. We looked at their Security Monitoring feature but it was early in its development. Datadog are just getting into the security space so I'm sure this will improve in the future.""Once agents are connected to the Datadog portal, we should be able to upgrade them quickly."

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  • "It didn't scale well from the cost perspective. We had a custom package deal."
  • "Pricing is somewhat affordable compared to other solutions but in order to really lower the costs of other products you need to plan very carefully your resources usage, otherwise, it can get expensive real quick."
  • "It is easy to run up a large bill, so become familiar with the cost of each piece of your bill and use the metrics they supply to estimate and monitor your bill."
  • "Pricing seemed easy until the bill came in and some things were not accounted for."
  • "The cost is high and this can be justified if the scale of the environment is big."
  • "My advice is to really keep an eye on your overage costs, as they can spiral really fast."
  • "If you do your homework, you'll find that if you're really concerned with cost, it's good."
  • "It has a module-based pricing model."
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    Overview

    AWS X-Ray helps developers analyze and debug production, distributed applications, such as those built using a microservices architecture. With X-Ray, you can understand how your application and its underlying services are performing to identify and troubleshoot the root cause of performance issues and errors. X-Ray provides an end-to-end view of requests as they travel through your application, and shows a map of your application’s underlying components. You can use X-Ray to analyze both applications in development and in production, from simple three-tier applications to complex microservices applications consisting of thousands of services.

    Datadog is a monitoring service for IT, Dev and Ops teams who write and run applications at scale, and want to turn the massive amounts of data produced by their apps, tools and services into actionable insight.
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    Sample Customers
    COMCAST, ConnectWise, skyscanner, AirAsia, cookpad, cimpress, VTEX, zowdow
    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
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Media Company12%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Real Estate/Law Firm9%
    Media Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Insurance Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise72%
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    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise37%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Buyer's Guide
    Application Performance Management (APM)
    June 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dynatrace, Datadog, AppDynamics and others in Application Performance Management (APM). Updated: June 2022.
    607,332 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    AWS X-Ray is ranked 22nd in Application Performance Management (APM) with 1 review while Datadog is ranked 2nd in Application Performance Management (APM) with 32 reviews. AWS X-Ray is rated 7.0, while Datadog is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of AWS X-Ray writes "Scalable and good for tracing problems, but hard to configure". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Datadog writes "Provides insightful analytics and good visibility that assist with making architectural decisions". AWS X-Ray is most compared with New Relic APM, Google Stackdriver, Elastic Observability, Azure Monitor and Dynatrace, whereas Datadog is most compared with Dynatrace, New Relic APM, Azure Monitor, Splunk and VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront.

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