When production services are down, you need fast answers. With Datadog, querying logs can take hours to process. You can't access high cardinality querying without buying additional custom metrics. Querying, grouping, or filtering any field requires prior indexing steps that impact your speed when the unknown unknowns matter.
At Honeycomb, we believe that sifting through high-cardinality data should not break your debugging tool’s performance (or your spend). That's what Honeycomb's customizable Query Builder offers. Your data is available immediately after ingestion, and your queries run in seconds, enhancing real-time exploration and lowering your time to detection.
Datadog gives you a collection of separate products, built for the needs of legacy systems, forced together under one platform. Interfaces within Datadog offer a plethora of approaches to interacting with your APM data. But when you find something interesting and want to look deeper, you're stuck. You can't analyze it against a high cardinality set of related dimensional data. Instead, you need to switch to a new tool, reset to a new workflow, and get to the data from another angle until your resolution appears. If that doesn't work, try a new tool.
In contrast, Honeycomb centers around a consistent workflow driven by complex querying, with alerts tied directly to user experience goals, and granular, insightful views of the relevant events in your telemetry. It is purpose-built for exploration and lets you seamlessly click into every interesting data spike, see it in a heatmap, a waterfall trace, or in a stack rank against other correlated event types. Honeycomb helps your team arrive at the answers they need to build great customer experiences.
Datadog consists of fifteen different APM products, and each has separate costs you’ll need to calculate, manage, and continuously add to. For example, additional dimensions that you need to query with high cardinality will add to your custom metrics spend. This complicates your ability to explore while accurately predicting costs.
Honeycomb has simple and predictable pricing based entirely on how many events you send us: you should be able to use your telemetry in unlimited ways, with unlimited seats, any way you see fit, with no surprises!
Honeycomb makes it trivial to sift through a vast range of user transactions, comparing results across thousands of unique high-cardinality dimensions and their billions of combinations, to find the tiniest deviations and surface difficult-to-find issues.
Your systems are complex, but understanding them doesn’t have to be. Spend less time fixing bugs and more time delighting users. Start using Honeycomb today!