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Executive Summary
Updated on May 10, 2022

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

  • Ease of Deployment: Azure Monitor users feel that the setup is not easy, but not too complex either. It is somewhere in the middle. It can take some time to get the entire process completed properly. Datadog users tell us the installation and deployment are very straightforward and easy to complete.
  • Features: Azure Monitor makes it very easy for users to monitor applications and infrastructure for any potential problems. This solution offers a survey of surveillance in real time and a very helpful dashboard. Azure Monitor, which is integrated with Azure DevOps, has good load gathering and very good analytics. Users get useful alerts with Azure Monitor that make recommendations about the security and the entire platform. Many users feel there should be more specific detail about where problems lie. Azure Monitor is lacking somewhat in vulnerability assessment; this aspect could be better. Azure Monitor automation also needs some improvement. Automation should be better, from gathering metrics from more applications to getting processes quickly started when something goes down, the overall process leaves room for improvement.

    Datadog users really like the near-live visibility across the entire platform. Users can build very useful dashboards right out of the box using this solution. Developers are able to easily see how code is running in production, and custom built-in metrics give a wealth of knowledge and historical data that help keep systems running smoothly on a consistent basis. Many users feel there should be a more tiered approach to give users the opportunity to buy a more tailored product specific to their organizational needs. Datadog could also be more user-friendly. Users would like to see deeper application-level insight and better incident management.

  • Pricing: Users of both of these solutions feel that the pricing could be better.
  • Service and Support: Azure offers a tiered support structure; users with the higher tiers are very satisfied. Datadog users tell us that for general problems, technical support is great. However, if there is a specialized incident, support is often not satisfactory.

Comparison Results: Datadog finishes ahead of Azure Monitor. Users feel Datadog gives the best visibility, better integration, and helpful, timely support. The logs and error reporting are extremely useful to conduct analysis and root cause analysis. The setup, ease of use, and flexibility with dashboard creation and reporting are just some of the things that our users like best about Datadog.

To learn more, read our detailed Azure Monitor vs. Datadog Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"The breakdown of the response time of different components and getting in-depth details of the slow component are the most valuable features. It is easy to use, and it gets the job done.""The monitoring so far has been good and we are happy with it.""The simplicity of the dashboard is very good.""The most valuable features are the dashboards and tracing.""To me, the most valuable feature of New Relic APM is the traceability, mainly based on the time travel method, so you get the overall response time, which is pretty helpful for developers and ADR techs looking into issues on a deeper level. New Relic APM is a very good, tailor-made solution.""The most valuable feature is application monitoring.""We appreciate the way that this solution allows us to monitor the ongoing status of the UI at any given time.""It does everything we wanted it to do."

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"The feature that I found most valuable in Azure Monitor is its monitoring abilities. With Azure Monitor, you are able to monitor all of your cloud resources across multiple subscriptions in one dashboard and create solution-specific alerts that can trigger an email to the team responsible for that specific solution.""Azure Monitor is useful because of the useful application insights and telemetry, such as metrics and logs.""It is a move-in powerful feature compared to other market-leading tools.""It is a robust, stable product.""The most valuable feature is the universality of their functionalities in all Azure services, including, software solutions.""Azure Monitor is very stable.""Provides an overview and high-level information.""Data exporting is easy, and this tool works seamlessly with other solutions. It's a stable and low-priced solution."

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"The most valuable features of Datadog are the flexibility and additional features when compared to other solutions, such as AppDynamics and Dynatrace. Some of the features include AI and ML capabilities and cloud and analysis monitoring""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.""The infrastructure monitoring capabilities are really valuable. You can just log on and see everything that is happening within an IT environment.""Overall, the Data UI and the usability of customer features continue to improve.""The observability pipelines are the most valuable aspect of the solution.""The service catalog helped improve our organization by giving a good view of the flow for our microservices applications.""Most of the features in the way Datadog does monitoring are commendable and that is the reason we choose it. We did some comparisons before picking Datadog. Datadog was recommended based on the features provided.""The full stack of integrations made it easier to monitor the different technologies and platform providers, including Software as a Service providers, that otherwise would need a lot of work and customization to be able to see what is happening."

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Cons
"It is very difficult to award the service level cycles at an endpoint level.""There has been some problem with the agent, and it is just not working well. It is not able to record information with the application server. They have been able to fix the issue, but it took quite a long time. This is the main issue in the APM products and also in New Relic. The mobile application monitoring has been pretty difficult to set up and also quite expensive. It should be a little bit easier and cheaper. Because it is pretty difficult and expensive, many customers don't take it.""How granular I could go down at looking at certain data, especially related to the operations, is limited.""It would be nice if there were pre-made dashboards.""We would like a dashboard feature to be created for this product. This would allow us to monitor both the front and back-end of our UIs performance, and then report on it.""I haven't come across any features that are lacking.""New Relic APM could improve error debugging and the correlation with the logs. We are receiving some alerts or alarms but we need to correlate with the error log, but it is difficult if it is more than seven months retention period, it is hard to trace. We need this especially for getting historical information.""I would like the ability to set up certain dummy accounts and do the actual things that the customer is doing, without impacting the production environment."

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"The solution should have cross-connection or cross-communication between tech partners.""I'd like the solution to do more around vulnerability assessment. It's lacking in the product right now.""In my opinion, they should improve the overall user experience, especially when it comes to indexing and searching collective logs.""Azure Monitor could improve network performance monitoring and make it more advanced.""Setting up this solution is complex. It's also missing the functionality of assigning alerts.""This solution could be improved with more out-of-the-box functionalities and artificial intelligence to complete event correlation.""Lacks information including details related to where problems lie.""If it is configured incorrectly, you can end up with a huge bill."

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"The pricing should be less of a surprise.""We need a lot of modules since we collect all data logs from all operating systems.""It can have an artificial intelligence component. Even though I can seamlessly look at end-to-end security, it would be better to have alerts and notifications powered by an AI engine. I am not sure if they have an AI component. We have not reached out to them or looked at it, but this is something that I keep on talking about within our company in terms of features. Such a feature would be good to have, and it would further optimize my Security Ops team's abilities.""Datadog has a lot of features kind of cramped into one dashboard. It's quite hard to get around what feature does exactly what. There was a steep learning curve, trying to navigate through menus.""ECS could be improved by including more tutorials for beginners to reduce the barriers to entry.""Billing should be more transparent.""We need to learn more about the session reply feature inside of DD.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price was one of the reasons we chose this solution."
  • "The price of the solution could be less expensive. You have to pay a lot for each user. There is an additional cost for extra features."
  • "This is an expensive tool."
  • "The price of New Relic APM could be less expensive. We are using the New Relic APM pro account and it is more costly. When compared to competitors the solution's pricing should be much more realistic."
  • "If I remember it correctly, the pricing was based on the core, and the monthly subscription used to cost us $1,500 or $2,000. We had pre-prod and production services. Costing was different for pre-prod and production. For pre-prod, it was 40% less than the production service cost. It was a combined package."
  • "The pricing is fine."
  • "I think the pricing is reasonable."
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  • "Azure Monitor is a low-priced solution, which is why it would work best on small-scale projects."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable."
  • "Azure Monitor is a competitively priced solution."
  • "Azure Monitor is one of the more cost effective solutions on the market."
  • "The cost of Azure Monitor application performance should be less expensive."
  • "The licensing is a monthly fee."
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  • "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."
  • "I am not satisfied with its licensing. Its payment is based on the exported data, and there was an explosion of the data for three or four weeks. My customer was not alerted, and there was no way for them to see that there has been an explosion of data. They got a big invoice for one or two months. The pricing model of Datadog is based on the data. The customer was quite surprised about not being alerted about this explosion of data. They should provide some kind of alert when there is an increase in usage."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Top Answer:With Datadog, we have near-live visibility across our entire platform. We have seen APM metrics impacted several times… more »
    Top Answer:Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether the Datadog or Dynatrace network monitoring software was the… more »
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    Overview

    New Relic invented cloud APM for application engineers. Today it is a leader in observability and source of truth for all engineers to make decisions with data across their entire software stack and the software life cycle.

    There are an estimated 25 million engineers in the world across more than 25 distinct functions. As every company becomes a software company, engineers are using New Relic to gather real-time insights and trending data about the performance of their software so they can be more resilient and deliver exceptional customer experiences. Only New Relic provides an all-in-one platform that is built and sold as a unified experience. With New Relic, customers get access to a secure telemetry cloud for all metrics, events, logs, and traces; powerful full-stack analysis tools; and predictable user-based pricing. New Relic has also curated one of the industry’s largest ecosystems of open source integrations, making it easy for every engineer to get started with observability and use New Relic alongside their other favorite applications.

    Reviews from Real Users

    “To me, the most valuable feature of New Relic APM is the traceability, mainly based on the time travel method, so you get the overall response time, which is pretty helpful for developers and ADR techs looking into issues on a deeper level. “ - Sreenivasula M., Sr. Engineer of Quality Assurance at a tech consulting company.

    The alert mechanism is quite accurate when something goes wrong in your system. For example, if you have hundreds of APIs on your server, and any of the APIs is not performing well, you get an alert. When there is a drop or change in the threshold value, the beauty of New Relic is that within a fraction of seconds, all the stakeholders who are configured in the New Relic system will get an alert. That's one good thing.” - A PeerSpot user who is a Middleware Specialist at a tech services company.

    Azure Monitor maximizes the availability and performance of your applications by delivering a comprehensive solution for collecting, analyzing, and acting on telemetry from your cloud and on-premises environments. It helps you understand how your applications are performing and proactively identifies issues affecting them and the resources they depend on.

    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.

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    Azure Monitor vs. Datadog
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Azure Monitor vs. Datadog and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Azure Monitor is ranked 5th in Application Performance Management (APM) with 13 reviews while Datadog is ranked 1st in Application Performance Management (APM) with 115 reviews. Azure Monitor is rated 7.6, while Datadog is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Azure Monitor writes "Low-priced and stable tool for data export and visualization, but has very few features". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Datadog writes "Provides insightful analytics and good visibility that assist with making architectural decisions". Azure Monitor is most compared with Splunk, Dynatrace, AWS X-Ray, SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor and Elastic Observability, whereas Datadog is most compared with Dynatrace, Amazon CloudWatch, Splunk, Elastic Security and AppDynamics. See our Azure Monitor vs. Datadog report.

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