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AppDynamics vs Datadog: What are the differences?

AppDynamics and Datadog are two popular application performance monitoring (APM) tools that help businesses monitor the performance and availability of their applications. While both tools provide similar functionalities, there are key differences that set them apart. This article outlines the key differences between AppDynamics and Datadog.

  1. Installation and Setup: AppDynamics requires a more involved installation process compared to Datadog. AppDynamics requires agents to be installed on the application servers, while Datadog provides a lightweight agentless approach, making it easier to set up and get started quickly.

  2. Supported Technologies: AppDynamics offers better support for specialized or legacy technologies, such as mainframes and SAP, while Datadog primarily focuses on modern technologies like containers, microservices, and cloud-native architectures. If your application infrastructure heavily relies on specialized technologies, AppDynamics is likely to provide better visibility and monitoring capabilities.

  3. Integration Ecosystem: Datadog has a more extensive integration ecosystem compared to AppDynamics. Datadog offers native integrations with a wide range of popular DevOps and monitoring tools, including Kubernetes, Docker, AWS, and Slack, allowing for seamless data sharing and collaboration. AppDynamics, while offering integrations with popular tools, has a more limited ecosystem.

  4. Pricing Model: AppDynamics follows a traditional licensing model, where you pay based on the number of agents or servers being monitored. On the other hand, Datadog follows a more flexible pricing model, charging based on the volume of data ingested and analyzed. This makes Datadog more suitable for businesses with fluctuating workloads or scaling requirements.

  5. Analytics and Visualization: AppDynamics offers advanced analytics and visualization capabilities, including code-level diagnostics and transaction tracing, enabling deep insights into application performance and bottleneck identification. While Datadog provides solid analytics and visualization features, it may not offer the same level of granular detail and code-level visibility as AppDynamics.

  6. Alerting and Collaboration: Datadog provides a robust alerting and collaboration system, allowing you to set up flexible alerting conditions and notifications, as well as providing integration with popular collaboration tools like PagerDuty and Slack. While AppDynamics also offers alerting functionality, it may not have the same breadth of integrations and flexibility as Datadog.

In summary, AppDynamics requires a more involved installation process and offers better support for specialized technologies, while Datadog provides a lighter agentless approach, a broader integration ecosystem, and a more flexible pricing model. Both tools provide excellent monitoring capabilities, but the choice depends on the specific needs and preferences of your organization.

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Farzeem Diamond Jiwani
Software Engineer at IVP · | 8 upvotes · 1.4M views
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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

Future Environment: Web app will be hosted on Microsoft Azure

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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We are looking for a centralised monitoring solution for our application deployed on Amazon EKS. We would like to monitor using metrics from Kubernetes, AWS services (NeptuneDB, AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), Amazon EBS, Amazon S3, etc) and application microservice's custom metrics.

We are expected to use around 80 microservices (not replicas). I think a total of 200-250 microservices will be there in the system with 10-12 slave nodes.

We tried Prometheus but it looks like maintenance is a big issue. We need to manage scaling, maintaining the storage, and dealing with multiple exporters and Grafana. I felt this itself needs few dedicated resources (at least 2-3 people) to manage. Not sure if I am thinking in the correct direction. Please confirm.

You mentioned Datadog and Sysdig charges per host. Does it charge per slave node?

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Can't say anything to Sysdig. I clearly prefer Datadog as

  • they provide plenty of easy to "switch-on" plugins for various technologies (incl. most of AWS)
  • easy to code (python) agent plugins / api for own metrics
  • brillant dashboarding / alarms with many customization options
  • pricing is OK, there are cheaper options for specific use cases but if you want superior dashboarding / alarms I haven't seen a good competitor (despite your own Prometheus / Grafana / Kibana dog food)

IMHO NewRelic is "promising since years" ;) good ideas but bad integration between their products. Their Dashboard query language is really nice but lacks critical functions like multiple data sets or advanced calculations. Needless to say you get all of that with Datadog.

Need help setting up a monitoring / logging / alarm infrastructure? Send me a message!

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Maik Schröder
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Hi Medeti,

you are right. Building based on your stack something with open source is heavy lifting. A lot of people I know start with such a set-up, but quickly run into frustration as they need to dedicated their best people to build a monitoring which is doing the job in a professional way.

As you are microservice focussed and are looking for 'low implementation and maintenance effort', you might want to have a look at INSTANA, which was built with modern tool stacks in mind. https://www.instana.com/apm-for-microservices/

We have a public sand-box available if you just want to have a look at the product once and of course also a free-trial: https://www.instana.com/getting-started-with-apm/

Let me know if you need anything on top.

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Attila Fulop
Management Advisor at artkonekt · | 2 upvotes · 322.2K views

I have hands on production experience both with New Relic and Datadog. I personally prefer Datadog over NewRelic because of the UI, the Documentation and the overall user/developer experience.

NewRelic however, can do basically the same things as Datadog can, and some of the features like alerting have been present in NewRelic for longer than in Datadog. The cool thing about NewRelic is their last-summer-updated pricing: you no longer pay per host but after data you send towards New Relic. This can be a huge cost saver depending on your particular setup

https://docs.newrelic.com/docs/accounts/accounts-billing/new-relic-one-pricing-billing/new-relic-one-pricing-billing

I'd go for Datadog, but given you have lots of containers I would also make a cost calculation. If the price difference is significant and there's a budget constraint NewRelic might be the better choice.

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Hi Folks,

I am trying to evaluate Site24x7 against AppDynamics, Dynatrace, and New Relic. Has anyone used Site24X7? If so, what are your opinions on the tool? I know that the license costs are very low compared to other tools in the market. Other than that, are there any major issues anyone has encountered using the tool itself?

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Lucas Rincon
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what are the most important things you are looking for the tools to do? each has their strong points... are you looking to monitor new tech like containers, k8s, and microservices?

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Decisions about AppDynamics and Datadog
Kamil Kowalski
Lead Architect at Fresha · | 3 upvotes · 219.6K views

Coming from a Ruby background, we've been users of New Relic for quite some time. When we adopted Elixir, the New Relic integration was young and missing essential features, so we gave AppSignal a try. It worked for quite some time, we even implemented a :telemetry reporter for AppSignal . But it was difficult to correlate data in two monitoring solutions, New Relic was undergoing a UI overhaul which made it difficult to use, and AppSignal was missing the flexibility we needed. We had some fans of Datadog, so we gave it a try and it worked out perfectly. Datadog works great with Ruby , Elixir , JavaScript , and has powerful features our engineers love to use (notebooks, dashboards, very flexible alerting). Cherry on top - thanks to the Datadog Terraform provider everything is written as code, allowing us to collaborate on our Datadog setup.

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Attila Fulop

I haven't heard much about Datadog until about a year ago. Ironically, the NewRelic sales person who I had a series of trainings with was trash talking about Datadog a lot. That drew my attention to Datadog and I gave it a try at another client project where we needed log handling, dashboards and alerting.

In 2019, Datadog was already offering log management and from that perspective, it was ahead of NewRelic. Other than that, from my perspective, the two tools are offering a very-very similar set of tools. Therefore I wouldn't say there's a significant difference between the two, the decision is likely a matter of taste. The pricing is also very similar.

The reasons why we chose Datadog over NewRelic were:

  • The presence of log handling feature (since then, logging is GA at NewRelic as well since falls 2019).
  • The setup was easier even though I already had experience with NewRelic, including participation in NewRelic trainings.
  • The UI of Datadog is more compact and my experience is smoother.
  • The NewRelic UI is very fragmented and New Relic One is just increasing this experience for me.
  • The log feature of Datadog is very well designed, I find very useful the tagging logs with services. The log filtering is also very awesome.

Bottom line is that both tools are great and it makes sense to discover both and making the decision based on your use case. In our case, Datadog was the clear winner due to its UI, ease of setup and the awesome logging and alerting features.

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Benoit Larroque
Principal Engineer at Sqreen · | 4 upvotes · 420.4K views

I chose Datadog APM because the much better APM insights it provides (flamegraph, percentiles by default).

The drawbacks of this decision are we had to move our production monitoring to TimescaleDB + Telegraf instead of NR Insight

NewRelic is definitely easier when starting out. Agent is only a lib and doesn't require a daemon

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Pros of AppDynamics
Pros of Datadog
  • 21
    Deep code visibility
  • 13
    Powerful
  • 8
    Real-Time Visibility
  • 7
    Great visualization
  • 6
    Easy Setup
  • 6
    Comprehensive Coverage of Programming Languages
  • 4
    Deep DB Troubleshooting
  • 3
    Excellent Customer Support
  • 139
    Monitoring for many apps (databases, web servers, etc)
  • 107
    Easy setup
  • 87
    Powerful ui
  • 84
    Powerful integrations
  • 70
    Great value
  • 54
    Great visualization
  • 46
    Events + metrics = clarity
  • 41
    Notifications
  • 41
    Custom metrics
  • 39
    Flexibility
  • 19
    Free & paid plans
  • 16
    Great customer support
  • 15
    Makes my life easier
  • 10
    Adapts automatically as i scale up
  • 9
    Easy setup and plugins
  • 8
    Super easy and powerful
  • 7
    In-context collaboration
  • 7
    AWS support
  • 6
    Rich in features
  • 5
    Docker support
  • 4
    Cute logo
  • 4
    Source control and bug tracking
  • 4
    Monitor almost everything
  • 4
    Cost
  • 4
    Full visibility of applications
  • 4
    Simple, powerful, great for infra
  • 4
    Easy to Analyze
  • 4
    Best than others
  • 4
    Automation tools
  • 3
    Best in the field
  • 3
    Free setup
  • 3
    Good for Startups
  • 3
    Expensive
  • 2
    APM

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Cons of AppDynamics
Cons of Datadog
  • 5
    Expensive
  • 2
    Poor to non-existent integration with aws services
  • 19
    Expensive
  • 4
    No errors exception tracking
  • 2
    External Network Goes Down You Wont Be Logging
  • 1
    Complicated

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What is AppDynamics?

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

What is 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!

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