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Datadog vs. Elastic Observability
May 2022
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"Cloud Secure is definitely the most valuable feature and being able to see file level activity. It gives real-time alerting on possible ransomware attacks and provides file security review. It helps us to see if something abnormal is happening on the system before it's too late.""It is good for giving an overview of the systems and for tracking long-term trends. It is handy for root cause analysis, e.g. it can eliminate whether storage is the cause of an issue.""Among the most valuable features are the queries and reporting that allow us to look at the utilization of resources, at how well the storage is performing, and to report on which resources are being used by which business units. We can track usage across the entire environment, across applications, business units, cost centers, etc.""Its ability to quickly inventory our resources, figure out interdependencies across them, and assemble a topology of your environment is brilliant. There is a price associated with it. Whenever you target a NetApp environment, it is included in the price but whenever you want to add different vendors, like VMware and Cisco, the price greatly spikes. Inventorization helps us a lot to visualize the environment."

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"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.""The performance of Datadog is good.""The most valuable feature of Datadog is its logs.""The most valuable feature is the dashboards that are provided out of the box, as well as ones we were able to configure.""Its integration is most valuable because you can integrate it with various service providers such as AWS, .Net, etc.""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.""Because of our client focus, it is easy for us to sell. This is because it is easy to use and easy to set up.""The most valuable features are the dashboards and the reporting."

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"We use AppDynamics and Elastic. The reason why we're using Elastic APM is because of the license count. It's very favorable compared to AppDynamics. It's inexpensive; it's economical.""Elastic APM has plenty of features, such as the Elastic server for Kibana and many additional plugins. It's a comprehensive tool when used as a logging platform.""The solution allows us to dig deep into data.""For full stack observability, Elastic is the best tool compared with any other tool .""The price is very less expensive compared to the other solutions."

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"In a perfect world we would have something built, right out-of-the-box, that can identify what we call "noise," and reduce the amount of data. You're presented with so much data when you first start the data collectors. For example, it brings back a lot of change rates that happen just because of standard computing, like profile changes and that sort of thing. Being able to identify things like that and categorize them and strip it down—and it probably can do that, I just haven't gotten there yet—would be very beneficial.""There is room for improving the creating and managing or modifying of reports. That is still a difficult task to do and requires knowledge beyond the storage itself. I would love to see reporting improved so that we can create reports by dragging and dropping pieces into a report form and publish a report that way.""When I did need support because I was having problems with the solution, the first or the second line just didn't understand it. They were providing this only on a software as a service basis. So, they were asking all the wrong questions.""Their pricing model needs improvement."

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"I'm still exploring the trial version, and it is fine. One thing that I haven't been able to figure out is how to retrieve a report. This is something that could be improved. I probably need to navigate to a place to access the reports.""It would be ideal if the product offered a bit more monitoring from our dashboard.""The setup was a bit complex.""The pricing model could be simplified as it feels a bit outdated, especially when you look at the billing model of compute instances vs the containers instances.""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.""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.""More pre-configured "Monitor Alerts" would be helpful.""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."

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"In the future, Elastic APM needs a portfolio iTool. They can provide an easy way to develop the custom UI for Kibana.""The solution would be better if it was capable of more automation, especially in a monitoring capacity or for the response to abnormalities.""The solution needs to use more AI. Once the product onboards AI, users would more effectively be able to track endpoints for specific messages.""Elastic APM's visualization is not that great compared to other tools. It's number of metrics is very low.""The auto-discovery isn't nearly as good. That's a big portion of it. When you drop the agent onto the JVM and you're trying to figure things out, having to go through and manually do all that is cumbersome."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing model could be improved. We love that you can use it for free for looking at NetApp products. You only need licenses to look at non-NetApp products, but as soon as you do that, you start utilizing licenses that actually would have been free in the public. So, there is a bit of an anomaly in the licensing model."
  • "Be aware of the capacity licensing and understand how that works, because it is based on capacity. Getting an understanding of that is the biggest thing."
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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

    NetApp Cloud Insights is an infrastructure monitoring tool that gives you visibility into your complete infrastructure. With Cloud Insights, you can monitor, troubleshoot and optimize all your resources including your public clouds and your private data centers.

    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.
    To effectively monitor and gain insights across your distributed systems, you need to have all your observability data in one stack. Break down silos by bringing together application, infrastructure, and user data into a unified solution for end-to-end observability and alerting.
    Rely on the most widely deployed observability platform available, built on the proven Elastic Stack (also known as the ELK Stack) to converge silos, delivering unified visibility and actionable insights.
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    Remotely Monitor and Optimize Your IT Operations

    Monitor and optimize all your organization's infrastructure even while working from home. Sign up for the 30-day trial to see how NetApp Cloud Insights helps to maintain availability, optimize cloud spend, and identify data security threats.

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    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
    PSCU, Entel, VITAS, Mimecast, Barrett Steel, Butterfield Bank
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Government6%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Transportation Company6%
    Comms Service Provider6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Insurance Company5%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Healthcare Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business7%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise67%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise34%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Datadog vs. Elastic Observability
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Datadog vs. Elastic Observability and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    598,634 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Datadog is ranked 2nd in Application Performance Management (APM) with 30 reviews while Elastic Observability is ranked 10th in Application Performance Management (APM) with 5 reviews. Datadog is rated 8.4, while Elastic Observability is rated 7.2. The top reviewer of Datadog writes "Provides insightful analytics and good visibility that assist with making architectural decisions". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Elastic Observability writes "The best full stack observability compared to any other tool". Datadog is most compared with Dynatrace, New Relic APM, Azure Monitor, Splunk and AppDynamics, whereas Elastic Observability is most compared with Dynatrace, AppDynamics, New Relic Browser, AWS X-Ray and Azure Monitor. See our Datadog vs. Elastic Observability report.

    See our list of best Application Performance Management (APM) vendors, best IT Infrastructure Monitoring vendors, and best Cloud Monitoring Software vendors.

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