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Alternatives to LightStep

Honeycomb, New Relic, Jaeger, Datadog, and Instana are the most popular alternatives and competitors to LightStep.
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What is LightStep and what are its top alternatives?

It diagnoses anomalies and slowdowns, spanning mobile, monoliths, and micro services: best-in-class observability, at scale, for modern applications.
LightStep is a tool in the Performance Monitoring category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to LightStep

  • Honeycomb
    Honeycomb

    We built Honeycomb to answer the hard questions that come up when you're trying to operate your software鈥搕o debug microservices, serverless, distributed systems, polyglot persistence, containers, and a world of fast, parallel deploys. ...

  • New Relic
    New Relic

    The world鈥檚 best software and DevOps teams rely on New Relic to move faster, make better decisions and create best-in-class digital experiences. If you run software, you need to run New Relic. More than 50% of the Fortune 100 do too. ...

  • Jaeger
    Jaeger

    Jaeger, a Distributed Tracing System

  • Datadog
    Datadog

    Datadog is the leading service for cloud-scale monitoring. It is used by IT, operations, and development teams who build and operate applications that run on dynamic or hybrid cloud infrastructure. Start monitoring in minutes with Datadog! ...

  • Instana
    Instana

    It is the Application Performance Management solution for modern dynamic applications, using automation and AI to manage their service quality. ...

  • AppDynamics
    AppDynamics

    AppDynamics develops application performance management (APM) solutions that deliver problem resolution for highly distributed applications through transaction flow monitoring and deep diagnostics. ...

  • SignalFx
    SignalFx

    We provide operational intelligence for today鈥檚 elastic architectures through monitoring specifically designed for microservices and containers with: -powerful and proactive alerting -metrics aggregation -visualization into time series data ...

  • Zipkin
    Zipkin

    It helps gather timing data needed to troubleshoot latency problems in service architectures. Features include both the collection and lookup of this data. ...

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Honeycomb

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PROS OF HONEYCOMB
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    Powerful UI
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    High-Cardinality Data
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    BubbleUp + Heat maps
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    Better Value
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    Robert Zuber

    Our primary source of monitoring and alerting is Datadog. We鈥檝e got prebuilt dashboards for every scenario and integration with PagerDuty to manage routing any alerts. We鈥檝e definitely scaled past the point where managing dashboards is easy, but we haven鈥檛 had time to invest in using features like Anomaly Detection. We鈥檝e started using Honeycomb for some targeted debugging of complex production issues and we are liking what we鈥檝e seen. We capture any unhandled exceptions with Rollbar and, if we realize one will keep happening, we quickly convert the metrics to point back to Datadog, to keep Rollbar as clean as possible.

    We use Segment to consolidate all of our trackers, the most important of which goes to Amplitude to analyze user patterns. However, if we need a more consolidated view, we push all of our data to our own data warehouse running PostgreSQL; this is available for analytics and dashboard creation through Looker.

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    New Relic logo

    New Relic

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      Easy setup
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      Really powerful
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      Awesome visualization
    • 194
      Ease of use
    • 151
      Great ui
    • 107
      Free tier
    • 80
      Great tool for insights
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      Heroku Integration
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      Market leader
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      Peace of mind
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      Push notifications
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      Email notifications
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      Heroku Add-on
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      Error Detection and Alerting
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      Multiple language support
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      Server Resources Monitoring
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      SQL Analysis
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      Transaction Tracing
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      Azure Add-on
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      Apdex Scores
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      Analysis of CPU, Disk, Memory, and Network
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      Application Availability Monitoring and Alerting
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      Performance of External Services
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      Detailed reports
    • 6
      Error Analysis
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      Application Response Times
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      JVM Performance Analyzer (Java)
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      Most Time Consuming Transactions
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      Easy to use
    • 4
      Browser Transaction Tracing
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      Top Database Operations
    • 3
      Application Map
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      Custom Dashboards
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      Pagoda Box integration
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      Weekly Performance Email
    • 2
      Easy to setup
    • 2
      App Speed Index
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      Background Jobs Transaction Analysis
    • 2
      Easy visibility
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      Real User Monitoring Overview
    • 1
      Time Comparisons
    • 1
      Access to Performance Data API
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      Free
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      Super Expensive
    • 1
      Incident Detection and Alerting
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      Best monitoring on the market
    • 1
      Rails integration
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      Worst Transactions by User Dissatisfaction
    • 1
      Real User Monitoring Analysis and Breakdown
    • 1
      Team Collaboration Tools
    • 1
      Metric Data Resolution
    • 1
      Metric Data Retention
    • 1
      Best of the best, what more can you ask for
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      Exceptions
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      Cost
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      Price
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      Proce
    CONS OF NEW RELIC
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      Pricing model doesn't suit microservices
    • 10
      UI isn't great
    • 7
      Expensive
    • 7
      Visualizations aren't very helpful
    • 5
      Hard to understand why things in your app are breaking

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    Software Engineer at IVP | 8 upvotes 路 1.3M views

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    Current Environment: .NET Core Web app hosted on Microsoft IIS

    Future Environment: Web app will be hosted on Microsoft Azure

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    Sebastian G臋bski

    Regarding Continuous Integration - we've started with something very easy to set up - CircleCI , but with time we're adding more & more complex pipelines - we use Jenkins to configure & run those. It's much more effort, but at some point we had to pay for the flexibility we expected. Our source code version control is Git (which probably doesn't require a rationale these days) and we keep repos in GitHub - since the very beginning & we never considered moving out. Our primary monitoring these days is in New Relic (Ruby & SPA apps) and AppSignal (Elixir apps) - we're considering unifying it in New Relic , but this will require some improvements in Elixir app observability. For error reporting we use Sentry (a very popular choice in this class) & we collect our distributed logs using Logentries (to avoid semi-manual handling here).

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    Jaeger logo

    Jaeger

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    PROS OF JAEGER
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      Easy to install
    • 6
      Open Source
    • 5
      Feature Rich UI
    • 4
      CNCF Project
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      Datadog

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      PROS OF DATADOG
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        Monitoring for many apps (databases, web servers, etc)
      • 107
        Easy setup
      • 87
        Powerful ui
      • 83
        Powerful integrations
      • 70
        Great value
      • 54
        Great visualization
      • 46
        Events + metrics = clarity
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        Custom metrics
      • 41
        Notifications
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        Flexibility
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        Free & paid plans
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        Great customer support
      • 15
        Makes my life easier
      • 10
        Adapts automatically as i scale up
      • 9
        Easy setup and plugins
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        Super easy and powerful
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        AWS support
      • 7
        In-context collaboration
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        Rich in features
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        Docker support
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        Cost
      • 4
        Full visibility of applications
      • 4
        Monitor almost everything
      • 4
        Cute logo
      • 4
        Automation tools
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        Source control and bug tracking
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        Simple, powerful, great for infra
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        Easy to Analyze
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        Best than others
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        Best in the field
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        Expensive
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        Good for Startups
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        Free setup
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        APM
      CONS OF DATADOG
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        Expensive
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        No errors exception tracking
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        External Network Goes Down You Wont Be Logging
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        Complicated

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      Our primary source of monitoring and alerting is Datadog. We鈥檝e got prebuilt dashboards for every scenario and integration with PagerDuty to manage routing any alerts. We鈥檝e definitely scaled past the point where managing dashboards is easy, but we haven鈥檛 had time to invest in using features like Anomaly Detection. We鈥檝e started using Honeycomb for some targeted debugging of complex production issues and we are liking what we鈥檝e seen. We capture any unhandled exceptions with Rollbar and, if we realize one will keep happening, we quickly convert the metrics to point back to Datadog, to keep Rollbar as clean as possible.

      We use Segment to consolidate all of our trackers, the most important of which goes to Amplitude to analyze user patterns. However, if we need a more consolidated view, we push all of our data to our own data warehouse running PostgreSQL; this is available for analytics and dashboard creation through Looker.

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      Farzeem Diamond Jiwani
      Software Engineer at IVP | 8 upvotes 路 1.3M views

      Hey there! We are looking at Datadog, Dynatrace, AppDynamics, and New Relic as options for our web application monitoring.

      Current Environment: .NET Core Web app hosted on Microsoft IIS

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      Tech Stacks: IIS, RabbitMQ, Redis, Microsoft SQL Server

      Requirement: Infra Monitoring, APM, Real - User Monitoring (User activity monitoring i.e., time spent on a page, most active page, etc.), Service Tracing, Root Cause Analysis, and Centralized Log Management.

      Please advise on the above. Thanks!

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      Instana logo

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      PROS OF INSTANA
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        Flexible pricing
      • 4
        Easy to integrate
      • 3
        Insight into RCA
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        Self service
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        Simple query interface
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        PROS OF APPDYNAMICS
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          Deep code visibility
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          Powerful
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          Real-Time Visibility
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          Great visualization
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          Easy Setup
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          Comprehensive Coverage of Programming Languages
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          Deep DB Troubleshooting
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          Scalability
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          World class customer support
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          Easy to install
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