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We performed a comparison between Azure Monitor and VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Application Performance Management (APM) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Pros
"The simplicity of the dashboard is very good.""The most valuable feature is the ability to receive in-depth information about applications. It can detect a lot of important information.""The monitoring so far has been good and we are happy with it.""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.""Working with the solution is very easy. It's user-friendly.""The stability of New Relic APM is very good.""It does everything we wanted it to do.""There are many valuable features in New Relic APM. We developed some software applications and we are able to monitor the errors very easily. Their log security retention is very good."

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"The most valuable feature is the universality of their functionalities in all Azure services, including, software solutions.""It is a robust, stable product.""Azure Monitor is very stable.""Provides an overview and high-level information.""It has good troubleshooting features.""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.""It is a move-in powerful feature compared to other market-leading tools.""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."

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"For us, the ease of deployment in combination with TMZ was the most important part because we don't have to manually deploy a complex monitoring solution. We can more or less do that with the click of a button, and we are not dependent on the developers to provide us with all the necessary features and functions to make that work. We can just deploy it on a workload cluster and monitor at least a good part of the workload. If we want to go into detail, we clearly need to make changes, but for a good part of application monitoring, it gives us good insights.""Tanzu itself, integrated with multiple solutions, bestows support and security upon a container platform, especially when it comes to managing open-source container platforms such as Kubernetes.""The solution is great for virtualization and preparing the infrastructure in Tanzu to test products. It's very fast and has good visibility."

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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.""I haven't come across any features that are lacking.""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.""New Relic APM can improve the information when we dig deeper to check a problem. There should be more detailed information provided.""How granular I could go down at looking at certain data, especially related to the operations, is limited.""Documentation could be improved in New Relic APM, so users would have more clarity on configuring the dashboard. If New Relic gave better guidelines, users would find it easier to understand the metrics and features of New Relic APM. Another area for improvement is integration with Kubernetes. Currently, the process isn't user-friendly. It's challenging and lacks documentation for users to understand how to integrate New Relic APM with Kubernetes quickly. With multiple levels of Kubernetes dockers and other DBs on different clouds, it's tricky to gather all into New Relic APM on a single dashboard. What I'd like to see in the next version of New Relic APM is a single dashboard where you can easily view which applications fall under specific APMs. If there's a search feature where you can type in a keyword to find out if an APM is related to a particular application, that would be great.""One thing that we noticed was that historical information was only for a limited period, which was not helpful in certain scenarios. For example, if I want to size my system for an event for New Year or Christmas season based on the historical data, I won't be able to find the historical data. Currently, the data is limited to three months. It would be helpful if they can provide historical data for a longer duration so that we can plan our system accordingly."

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"I would like more transparency when we use the solution with another environment, like on-premises, or on another cloud environment, like AWS or GCP.""I'd like the solution to do more around vulnerability assessment. It's lacking in the product right now.""If it is configured incorrectly, you can end up with a huge bill.""In my opinion, they should improve the overall user experience, especially when it comes to indexing and searching collective logs.""The solution should have cross-connection or cross-communication between tech partners.""Currently, it seems it's complicated to get the correct information in terms of what to do and how things work.""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."

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"Its billing model is consumption-based. I understand the consumption-based model, but it is not necessarily easy to estimate and guess how many points or how much we are going to consume on a specific application up until we get to that point. So, for us, it would be helpful to have more insights or predictability into what we can expect from a cost perspective if we are starting to use specific features. This can potentially also drive our consumption a bit more.""The documentation and integration with Kubernetes could be improved.""The main problem I have is that the license cost is very high."

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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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  • "I don't have the details. In our case, there is a mixture in place. We have production usage, and we are also doing training for VMware. So, we also have a training instance. It is worth the money you would spend on it. That's because if you were to build all of this yourself by using some of the open source tools, then you would need a lot of time."
  • "The licensing costs are very high, particularly when you consider that we have to purchase a level 1 license for every integration, such as the load balancer, HAProxy, and the MSSP. And if you want to use vSAN, that's another license. Then, of course, Tanzu Observability has its own separate license."
  • "I would rate the pricing as three out of five."
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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:To me, the most valuable feature of New Relic APM is the traceability, mainly based on the time travel method, so you… more »
    Top Answer:Documentation could be improved in New Relic APM, so users would have more clarity on configuring the dashboard. If New… 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:The most valuable feature is the universality of their functionalities in all Azure services, including, software… more »
    Top Answer:I would like more transparency when we use the solution with another environment, like on-premises, or on another cloud… more »
    Top Answer:For us, the ease of deployment in combination with TMZ was the most important part because we don't have to manually… more »
    Top Answer:I don't have the details. In our case, there is a mixture in place. We have production usage, and we are also doing… more »
    Top Answer:Its billing model is consumption-based. I understand the consumption-based model, but it is not necessarily easy to… more »
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    Also Known As
    New Relic Mobile
    Wavefront, Wavefront by VMware, VMware Tanzu Observability
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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.

    VMware Tanzu Observability is a high-performance streaming analytics platform. It enables observability for metrics, counters, histograms, and traces/spans. Because it scales to very large data ingestion rates and query loads, the product is unique in its field. You can collect data from a variety of services and sources across your entire application stack, as well as examine details for earlier ingested data. After sending your data to your Wavefront instance, you may examine your data on custom dashboards, receive alerts on problem values, and do anomaly detection and forecasting.

    VMware Tanzu Observability can support over 200 integrations, including cloud providers, DevOps tools, big data, and others. You can utilize the platform’s sophisticated Graphical User Interface to connect with the Wavefront service, which includes several pre-built dashboards, charts, and alerts. SDKs, the Wavefront REST API, and CLIs are also accessible on our Github website. Additionally, there are tight integrations with Spring Boot, Kubernetes, and Tanzu Mission Control.

    VMware Tanzu Observability Features

    VMware Tanzu Observability has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Analytics: Advanced query language helps you save time and money.
    • API: API with a lot of flexibility for effective alerting and visualization.
    • Architecture: Enterprise-scale performance in real time.
    • Dashboards and charts: Use dashboards and charts to visualize the data. Filters and functions can help you find exactly what you're looking for. Use aggregation functions like sum() or average to combine multiple time series. Use dashboard variables to adjust the focus of a dashboard or combine functions to show or hide some of the information. A variable, for example, could be used to display the production or development environment. Choose from a variety of chart types (line plot, point plot, table, etc.)
    • Alerts: You can build alerts directly from charts and customize them to detect problems. The solution will send you alert notifications with details and a chart graphic if you've set up an alert with customized information.
    • Queries: You can extract exactly the information you need using the Wavefront query language (WQL). You can personalize your charts with filters and functions so that the signal stands out among the noise.
    • Distributed Tracing tool: Use Distributed Tracing to interact with a service map, inspect traces and spans, and drill down into problematic areas.
    • Various setup methods:

      • Cloud: Perform the bare minimum of configuration to allow the Wavefront service to access data in your cloud environment. As a result, data from cloud services can be directly ingested.

      • Integrations: VMware Tanzu Observability supports more than 200 integrations with different data sources. You just need to change a single configuration file and you're ready to go.

      • Start from where you are: If your environment already has a metrics infrastructure, you can pre-process the data to match the Wavefront Data Format and transmit it to the Wavefront proxy directly.

      • Direct Ingestion: Direct ingestion is the best option in some circumstances.
      • Histograms: Wavefront histograms may be the best answer for high-velocity measures.
      • App monitoring with distributed tracing: For traces, the product supports Jaeger and Zipkin, as well as any OpenTracing-instrumented applications. You can also use one of our SDKs to transmit custom traces. The Application Map GUI makes it simple to explore trace data, RED metrics, and other metrics.
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    Sample Customers
    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
    Box, Intuit, Workday, Groupon, British Gas, SpaceApe, Marketo, DoordDash, Lyft
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Media Company11%
    Retailer7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Government6%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm27%
    Government18%
    Insurance Company18%
    Computer Software Company18%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Government7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Government7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise34%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise70%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise56%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise67%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    Azure Monitor vs. VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Azure Monitor vs. VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    655,113 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Azure Monitor is ranked 5th in Application Performance Management (APM) with 13 reviews while VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront is ranked 19th in Application Performance Management (APM) with 3 reviews. Azure Monitor is rated 7.6, while VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront 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 VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront writes "Easy to deploy, worth the money, and helpful for uptime monitoring and performance insights". Azure Monitor is most compared with Datadog, Splunk, Dynatrace, AWS X-Ray and SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor, whereas VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront is most compared with Datadog, Dynatrace, Splunk, vRealize Network Insight and Grafana. See our Azure Monitor vs. VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront report.

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