Grafana vs. Datadog

July 1, 2019

Grafana vs. Datadog


Table of Contents:


  • What is Grafana?
  • What is Datadog?
  • When to use Grafana?
  • When to use Datadog?
  • Pricing comparison
  • Key takeaways? 


What is Grafana?



Grafana is a visualization tool that allows you to see and analyze all of your metrics in one unified dashboard. Grafana can pull metrics from any source, such as Graphite and Prometheus, display that data, then enable you to annotate and understand the data directly in the dashboard. Grafana dashboards are designed to allow you to visualize information in a ton of ways, from histograms and heatmaps, to world maps. Grafana also has an alerting feature that can communicate with you through Slack, PagerDuty and more. Dashboards can be shared, downloaded or expanded with hundreds of plugins that make analysis easier. Grafana is open source, and Grafana as a Service is available through Metricfire.  

What is Datadog?



Datadog allows you to view infrastructure metrics, traces, and logs all on the same dashboard. Datadog supports visualization, troubleshooting, monitoring, and alerting. Datadog integrates with hundreds of different apps or services, and it can communicate with any environment, such as servers, containers, mobile, web browsers, and cloud services. Datadog’s primary target is to see inside any stack and any app. Datadog also supports alerts, collaboration, and allows you to combine data from various sources into one visual. 

When to use Grafana?

Use Grafana when you …

  • need beautiful, simple, annotated graphs. 
  • have multiple sources of metrics or logs and need to see them in one place.
  • need to share your dashboards across the organization.
  • need to reorganize information based on specific team needs.
  • need an easy to use query builder.
  • need alerting for events.


When to use Datadog?


Use Datadog when you …

  • want to monitor infrastructure or apps. 
  • want to visualize data from any source, even on the same graph.
  • want to communicate among the team directly in the dashboard.
  • need alerting for events.


Pricing comparison

  • Grafana is open source, and free.
  • Business-ready Grafana as a Service by Metricfire, including hosted graphite and prometheus, starts at 99 USD a month.
  • Datadog’s Enterprise package starts at $23 per host, per month, with a minimum sign up of 100 hosts. 
  • For less than 100 hosts, Datadog’s pro package is $15 per host, per month. 


Key takeaways

  • Grafana can integrate with a huge range of collectors, agents and storage engines.
  • Grafana is open source, and free.
  • Datadog is able to monitor any infrastructure or apps by being able to integrate into almost environment.
  • Datadog is proprietary and has an enterprise package starting at 2300 USD per month.


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