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We performed a comparison between Datadog and Grafana 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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"Datadog's seamless integration with Slack and PagerDuty helped us to receive alerts right to the most common notification methods we use (our mobile devices and Slack).""For us to have visibility into our app stack and the hardware we run has been highly beneficial.""Datadog dashboards are pretty great.""I like the amount of tooling and the number of solutions they sold with their monitoring. Datadog was highly intuitive to use.""Datadog has flexibility.""We have way more observability than what we had before - on the application and the overall system.""The solution is useful for monitoring logs.""The solution has improved the organization by providing good insights into app performance and offering good dashboards."

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"Almost any kind of visualization is possible with Grafana and all dashboards are configurable.""The integration between Loki and Tempo is valuable.""Grafana is able to connect with multiple data sources, unlike Elasticsearch.""What I found most valuable in Grafana is that it has a lot of integrations and features that I need for data processing and visualization.""The solution can scale well.""The best thing about Grafana is the visualization. The colors and the ease of use make it very user-friendly.""Compatibility with Prometheus databases and the Spring Boot application make it the first choice when moving toward an SRE model.""Kubernetes could help us to better visualize the trend of our data by recording and displaying our history over a chosen duration, such as the last 30 days."

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"The ability to find what you are looking for when starting out could be improved.""There is always room for improvement when dealing with cloud-based technologies. Mainly, I would say, it's just increasing our offerings to attract various other types of industries and businesses across more fields.""Datadog isn't as mature as some of the established players like Dynatrace or Splunk. It's a new product, so they are constantly releasing new features, and I don't have much to complain about.""I sometimes log in and see items changed, either in the UI or a feature enabled. To see it for the first time without proper communication can sometimes come as a shock.""Even though it is powerful on its own, the UI-based design lacks elegance, efficiency, and complexity.""We primarily use the log management functionality, and the only feedback I have there is better fuzzy text searching in logs (the kind that Kibana has).""The product could be improved by providing remote control to agents, enabling them to execute automation and collections without requiring another automation tool or integration.""I would like better navigability across pages."

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"The product's configuration for saving files could be improved.""Its UI features to create charts can also be improved. Some features could have a link to the documentation.""It would be helpful if Grafana provided more information and training on how to use Prometheus.""Grafana doesn't provide anything for reporting.""It's difficult to see the trends on the graph when the range is too long.""The solution should include online support.""The documentation or training provided by Grafana is limited compared to its competitors, like Splunk.""There are some areas of network drives that are not showing as expected based on server usage."

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  • "Datadog does not provide any free plans to use the solution. When I start with a proof of concept it would be sensible to have a free plan to test the tool and check whether it fits the requirements of the project. Before the production stage, it is always good to have a free plan with some limited features, number of requests, or logs."
  • "They prefer monthly subscriptions."
  • "Our licensing fees are paid on a monthly basis."
  • "Sometimes it's very hard to project how much it will cost for the monthly subscription for the next month when you add certain features. Having better visibility of the cost would give a better experience."
  • "While it is an expensive product, I would rate the pricing level at four out of five."
  • "The price is better than some competing products."
  • "The price of Datadog is reasonable. Other solutions are more expensive, such as AppDynamics."
  • "This solution is budget friendly."
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  • "I use the open source model so it is free."
  • "My company uses the open-source version of Grafana, so it's free."
  • "We use the open-source version of Grafana."
  • "We are using the open-source license."
  • "I give the price an eight out of ten."
  • "You need to purchase the solution's license for its commercial use."
  • "The solution is expensive."
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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, the scope of implementation). Our goal was to consolidate APM and infra… more »
    Top Answer:With Datadog, we have near-live visibility across our entire platform. We have seen APM metrics impacted several times lately using the dashboards we have created with Datadog; they are very good core… more »
    Top Answer:Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether the Datadog or Dynatrace network monitoring software was the better fit for us. We decided to go with Dynatrace. Dynatrace offers network… more »
    Top Answer:Hi @Faustine Chisasa,  I will go with ELK + Grafana. Elasticsearch is highly distributed, scalable and fast. You got power of storage. Logstash is highly pluggable and rich in plugins. You can use… more »
    Top Answer:The most important feature of Grafana is its alarm formatting capability.
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    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.

    Grafana is an essential visualization tool for all application metrics in the environment, allowing teams to search and conduct application troubleshooting and monitor application performance, including CPU. Its most valuable features include its ability to create appealing graphs, cater to multiple use cases, integrate with other tools, and provide live monitoring and alerts. 

    Grafana has greatly improved organizations' observability and operational excellence by providing a centralized way to instantly see business, technical, and service metrics and find bottlenecks easily.

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    Sample Customers
    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
    PayPal, eBay, Staples,, Intel, NS1, TED, NetApp, Vimeo, RackSpace, SquareSpace, OpenTable, MediaMath, Fermilab
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm23%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Pharma/Biotech Company5%
    Educational Organization22%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Wellness & Fitness Company9%
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Company Size
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise51%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Datadog vs. Grafana
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    Find out what your peers are saying about Datadog vs. Grafana and other solutions. Updated: May 2023.
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    Datadog is ranked 1st in Application Performance Management (APM) with 103 reviews while Grafana is ranked 9th in Application Performance Management (APM) with 28 reviews. Datadog is rated 8.6, while Grafana is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Datadog writes "Easy to set up and good UI but needs better customization capabilities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Grafana writes "Agent-free with great dashboards and an active community". Datadog is most compared with Dynatrace, Azure Monitor, New Relic, Splunk Enterprise Security and Amazon CloudWatch, whereas Grafana is most compared with Azure Monitor, Dynatrace,, Sentry and Google Stackdriver. See our Datadog vs. Grafana report.

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