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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: July 2022).
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Pros
"The most valuable feature is application monitoring.""The monitoring so far has been good and we are happy with it.""The most valuable feature is the ability to receive in-depth information about applications. It can detect a lot of important information.""The simplicity of the dashboard is very good.""The stability of New Relic APM is very good.""It does everything we wanted it to do.""Working with the solution is very easy. It's user-friendly.""The VPN is one of the solution's most valuable features for us."

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"Azure Monitor is useful because of the useful application insights and telemetry, such as metrics and logs.""The solution works well overall. It's easy to implement and simple to use.""Azure Monitor is very stable.""One of the most useful aspects of this solution is the out-of-the-box functionality on all areas, especially on Application Insights, zero instrumentation, and artificial intelligence for event correlation.""Data exporting is easy, and this tool works seamlessly with other solutions. It's a stable and low-priced solution.""The most valuable features of Azure Monitor are the login analytics workspace and we can write any kind of custom queries in order to receive the data that is inserted into the login analytics workspace, diagnostic settings, et cetera.""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.""Provides an overview and high-level information."

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"The many dozens of integrations that the solution brings out of the box are excellent.""Its integration is most valuable because you can integrate it with various service providers such as AWS, .Net, etc.""The most valuable feature of Datadog is its logs.""The infrastructure monitoring capabilities are really valuable. You can just log on and see everything that is happening within an IT environment.""I have found some of the most valuable features to be the way things all come together that gives us a point of view that is useful. The panel is very beautiful and customizable.""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 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""Its integration definitely stands out. It provides seamless monitoring of all our systems, services, apps, and whatever else we secure and monitor. Visualizations have become simpler with dashboards. We are getting visibility into systems, services, and apps stack through a single pane of glass, which is good. We are able to put logs in context."

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Cons
"It is very difficult to award the service level cycles at an endpoint level.""It would be nice if there were pre-made dashboards.""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.""The older view is much better than the new view that they have. We'd like to go back to that previous version. The user interface just isn't as nice as it used to be.""I haven't come across any features that are lacking.""How granular I could go down at looking at certain data, especially related to the operations, is limited.""The solution could improve by having more network monitoring features, such as for all the infrastructure.""They should bring the pricing down to be more competitive."

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"Azure Monitor could improve the visualization aspect and integrate better with other third-party services.""In my opinion, they should improve the overall user experience, especially when it comes to indexing and searching collective logs.""This solution has fewer features than some of its competitors, so adding more features to it would make it better.""Setting up this solution is complex. It's also missing the functionality of assigning alerts.""They need to work with other cloud providers - not just Azure.""Lacks information including details related to where problems lie.""This solution could be improved with more out-of-the-box functionalities and artificial intelligence to complete event correlation.""I'd like the solution to do more around vulnerability assessment. It's lacking in the product right now."

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"I think better access to their engineers when we have a problem could be better.""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.""Datadog could improve the flexibility with AI and ML concepts. This will allow customers to be more leveraged towards publishing.""Datadog has a lot of documentation, but a lot of that documentation assumes you know how the service works, which can lead to confusion.""The installation is easy for me. However, if you are new to this solution it might not be so easy.""Datadog lacks a deeper application-level insight. Their competitors had eclipsed them in offering ET functionality that was important to us. That's why we stopped using it and switched to New Relic. Datadog's price is also high.""It could use some additional features when working with metrics like Grafana or like New Relic has. Datadog does not use library technologies like Dynatrace does. Datadog has machine learning too, but it does not have this option in all layers of monitoring like infrastructure service process in applications."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price was one of the reasons we chose this solution."
  • "I think the pricing is reasonable."
  • "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."
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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."
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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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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:There are many factors and we know little about your requirements (size of org, technology stack, management systems… more »
    Top Answer:The monitoring so far has been good and we are happy with it.
    Top Answer:While we do pay for the solution on a monthly basis, I can't speak to the exact cost of the product. There might also be… more »
    Top Answer:Splunk handles a high amount of data very well. We use Splunk to capture information and as an aggregator for monitoring… more »
    Top Answer:They need to work with other cloud providers - not just Azure. We'd like them to work with clouds such as GCP, AWS, and… more »
    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 »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of Datadog are the flexibility and additional features when compared to other solutions, such… more »
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    Overview

    New Relic is a software analytics and application performance management solution that gives users in-depth data visibility and analytics. By going right to the source, the code, New Relic enables users to develop quicker software, build improved products,and consistently impress their customers. Data tells a story and New Relic interprets what it is telling you.

    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 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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    Dow Jones, Microsoft, Nike, Groupon, NBC, Sony, Fox, Adobe, Best Buy, Walmart, and WebMD, Cirque du Soleil, FlightNetwork.com, France Télévisions SA, Hachette Book Group, Hy-Vee, Inc., Isolation Network, Inc., Lighthouse eDiscovery, Major League Soccer, NYC-DOT, New Zealand Media and Entertainment, Office Depot International in Europe, Royal Opera House, Adobe Systems Incorporated, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., Citrix, Despegar.com, Eastern Bank Corporation, Fox Sports, Globosat, Hogg Robinson plc, iHeartMedia, Jive, Kent State University, Multiplus, NBCUniversal, Ocado, REI, Sensis, VenueNext, Yellow Pages Limited and Zenefits
    Rackspace, First Gas, Allscripts, ABB Group
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    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Media Company11%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Retailer5%
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    Government25%
    Insurance Company25%
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Manufacturing Company13%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Insurance Company6%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Security Firm9%
    Real Estate/Law Firm9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Insurance Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise33%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
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    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise50%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise37%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Azure Monitor vs. Datadog
    July 2022
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    Azure Monitor is ranked 7th in Application Performance Management (APM) with 10 reviews while Datadog is ranked 2nd in Application Performance Management (APM) with 33 reviews. Azure Monitor is rated 7.6, while Datadog is rated 8.4. 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, SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor, Google Stackdriver and AWS X-Ray, whereas Datadog is most compared with Dynatrace, Splunk, Elastic Security, Amazon CloudWatch and Elastic Observability. See our Azure Monitor vs. Datadog report.

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