DataDog vs New Relic | Detailed comparison (5 key features)

Both DataDog and New Relic are enterprise monitoring tools that provide a wide range of products covering different aspects of application and infrastructure monitoring. In this article, we will compare DataDog and New Relic based on their different monitoring capabilities.

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Businesses are embracing digital transformation now more than ever. In most cases, the digital channel is the primary driver of revenue and growth. Customers and end-users are going online to fulfill both their daily and long-term needs.

The digital shift has made the app production environment a critical piece of an organization’s success. The performance of your application in production needs to be monitored to ensure high availability at all times.

DataDog and New Relic provide numerous products to monitor applications. Some of the key products offered by both tools include:

Let’s compare DataDog and New Relic based on the features they provide in the above-mentioned categories.

You can also check out SigNoz, an open-source APM tool. It is built natively for OpenTelemetry and supports multiple backend storage – ClickHouse or Kafka + Druid. Choosing an open-source APM over SaaS vendors has many benefits for developers. At the same time, SigNoz is built to avoid the pain of maintenance that comes with most open-source tools.

Application Performance Monitoring

DataDog APM

DataDog’s APM provides end-to-end distributed tracing connecting frontend devices to databases.

Some of the key features of DataDog APM includes:

DataDog APM DashboardDataDog APM tool dashboard (Source: DataDog dashboard)

New Relic APM

New Relic’s APM covers performance monitoring for many programming languages and combines metrics from mobile and browser apps to services and databases.

Some of the key features of New Relic APM includes:

New Relic APM DashboardNew Relic APM Dashboard (Source: New Relic Dashboard)

Infrastructure Monitoring

DataDog Infrastructure Monitoring

You can monitor all your machines with DataDog’s infrastructure monitoring. A DataDog agent runs on all your hosts to capture events and metrics.

Some of the key features of DataDog’s infrastructure monitoring includes:

DataDog Infrastructure Monitoring DashboardSee detailed info about your hosts on DataDog dashboard (Source: DataDog website)

New Relic Infrastructure Monitoring

New Relic provides infrastructure monitoring for cloud services, dedicated hosts to containers.

Some of the key features of New Relic infrastructure monitoring includes:

New Relic Infrastructure Monitoring DashboardNew Relic Infrastructure Monitoring Dashboard (Source: New Relic documentation)

Log Management

DataDog Log Management

DataDog log management provides capabilities to search and analyze logs at any scale.

Some of the key features of DataDog Log Management includes:

DataDog Log Management DashboardDataDog log management dashboard (Source: DataDog website)

New Relic Log Management

With New Relic Log Management, you can easily ingest any text-based data.

Some of the key features of New Relic log management include:

New Relic Log Management DashboardNew Relic Log Management Dashboard (Source: New Relic website)

Network Monitoring

DataDog Network Monitoring

Some of the key features of DataDog network monitoring include:

DataDog Network Monitoring DashboardDataDog network monitoring (Source: DataDog website)

New Relic Network Monitoring

Some of the key features of New Relic Network monitoring include:

New Relic Network Monitoring DashboardNew Relic Network Monitoring (Source: New Relic website)

Browser or real-user monitoring

DataDog Real-User Monitoring

DataDog provides end-to-end visibility into user journeys for mobile and web applications.

Some of the key features of DataDog end-user monitoring:

DataDog RUM DashboardDataDog Real User Monitoring

New Relic Browser Monitoring

New Relic provides monitoring for end-users using your application across web browsers, devices, operating systems, and networks.

Some of the key features of New Relic Browser Monitoring include:

New Relic Browser Monitoring DashboardNew Relic Browser monitoring (Source: New Relic website

Issues with existing monitoring vendors

DataDog and New Relic are great monitoring tools and provide a gamut of monitoring products that any organization can use. But these enterprise monitoring tools can have the following issues:

The other alternative can be going for an open-source alternative. But the problem with most open-source products is that they are resource-intensive to set up, maintain and scale up. That’s where SigNoz comes into the picture. SigNoz is a full-stack open-source APM platform with easy configuration and scalable architecture.

An alternative to DataDog and New Relic – SigNoz

SigNoz is a full-stack open-source application performance monitoring and observability tool which can be used in place of DataDog and Grafana. SigNoz is built to give SaaS like user experience combined with the perks of open-source software. Developer tools should be developer first, and SigNoz was built by developers to address the gap between SaaS vendors and open-source software.

Key architecture features:

Architecture of SigNoz with OpenTelemetry and ClickHouseArchitecture of SigNoz with ClickHouse as storage backend and OpenTelemetry for code instrumentatiio

SigNoz comes with out of box visualization of things like RED metrics.

SigNoz UI showing the popular RED metricsSigNoz UI showing application overview metrics like RPS, 50th/90th/99th Percentile latencies, and Error Rate

You can also use flamegraphs to visualize spans from your trace data. All of this comes out of the box with SigNoz.

Flamegraphs used to visualize spans of distributed tracing in SigNoz UIFlamegraphs showing exact duration taken by each spans – a concept of distributed tracing

You can also build custom metrics dashboard for your infrastructure.

SigNoz custom metrics dashboardYou can also build a custom metrics dashboard for your infrastructure

Some of the things SigNoz can help you track:

Getting started with SigNoz

If you have docker installed, getting started with SigNoz just takes three easy steps at the command line:

git clone
cd signoz/deploy/

You can read more about deploying SigNoz from its documentation.

Deployment Docs

You can check out SigNoz’s GitHub repo here 👇

SigNoz GitHub repo

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October 20, 2021
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Tags: DevOps | kubernetes | microservices | monitoring

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