Graphite vs. Datadog

December 26, 2018


What is Graphite?



Graphite is an open source time-series monitoring software that was first released in 2008. It’s a push-based monitoring software, which means that it collects metrics by taking information that is already being expressed, then records and visualizes it. Graphite usually works together with StatsD or collectd to pull the time-series metrics from an infrastructure. The metrics are then aggregated and stored in Graphite’s database, Whisper. Graphite provides companies with the ability to monitor, store, and visualize data, as well as alert on specific events. Hosted Graphite is available through MetricFire, with Hosted Grafana included in the package.

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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 Hosted Graphite by MetricFire?


Use Hosted Graphite when you …

  • need time series monitoring for infrastructure.
  • need to visualize data from multiple different sources.
  • need alerting on key events.
  • need a hosted service because your infrastructure is too large to do it by yourself.


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

  • Graphite is open source, and free.
  • Business-ready Graphite as a Service by MetricFire, including Hosted Prometheus, Hosted Graphite AND Grafana, 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

  • Graphite can monitor, store, alert and visualize time-series data of all kinds.
  • Graphite 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.


Get to know our Hosted Graphite better, and check out how MetricFire can fit into your monitoring environment! Get a free trial and start using Graphite now. Feel free to book a demo and see what Hosted Graphite can do for you.

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