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Highlights

Datadog and New Relic both provide businesses with application monitoring tools to gauge performance and troubleshoot performance issues. Datadog is an IT infrastructure monitoring tool that gives IT and DevOps teams insight into their hardware and software stacks. New Relic is an application performance monitoring tool that offers detailed performance analytics for desktop, web, and mobile applications. Since Datadog is aimed at monitoring infrastructure at scale, it’s used primarily by mid-sized companies and large enterprises. New Relic, on the other hand, is used by businesses of all sizes, likely because its pricing tiers and functionality are relevant to a wide variety of team sizes and applications.

Features

While Datadog and New Relic both provide businesses with key information about their applications or infrastructure, they have a few unique features that set them apart from each other.

Datadog has a streamlined user interface that provides a centralized location for performance monitoring, alert management, and data analysis. Additionally, Datadog supports many community-built APIs and extensions, which are freely accessible to users of the platform. These extensions can help newcomers integrate Datadog into their existing IT infrastructure. Recent additions to the Datadog platform include a mobile app, a new UI for incident management, and out-of-the-box dashboards for investigating and analyzing infrastructure security.

New Relic is generally simple to install and implement, requiring no command-line scripting for Windows and Mac users. New Relic also includes strong data security features that ensure applications are as protected as possible from data breaches, which is particularly important for businesses monitoring applications with sensitive data. New Relic provides a wide variety of community resources for learning the application, helping users train themselves and troubleshoot issues without needing to contact support. Recently, New Relic overhauled their error dashboard, collecting stack traces and error metrics into a single overview for analysis and resolution. They’ve also added one-click permalinks for dashboards and curated views to help teams quickly share insights and analyses. 

Limitations

Though Datadog and New Relic both monitor applications well, they do have a few limitations that are important to consider.

Datadog has a well-designed UI, but can be challenging for new users due to the sheer magnitude of options and data offered by the platform. Datadog can also be difficult to install, requiring command-line scripting on Windows and Mac environments, which can be a problem for businesses without technical staff. Although Datadog offers security measures, it scores worse than New Relic with most security analysts. Businesses looking for high-security monitoring may prefer New Relic.

New Relic offers simple installation and community learning resources, but its users may struggle with its interface. Additionally, while New Relic does offer many APIs, it does not support community development in the same way Datadog does. Some users may find that New Relic is missing an API they require, and will have to either develop the extension on their own or explore other options.

Pricing

Datadog offers several per-month pricing models designed to adapt to different data requirements and infrastructure scales. Their price models include per-host pricing, pricing per million events, and pricing per GB of analyzed log files. For more details on available plans and pricing, refer to the Datadog pricing page

Similarly, New Relic offers multiple service packages with varying pricing structures. Their core offering, the Full-Stack Observability package, includes infrastructure monitoring, APM, and other services. This package is free for the first user at the Standard tier and $99 per additional user per month. For information on pricing for the Pro and Enterprise tier, as well as pricing information for their telemetry data and machine-learning services, refer to the New Relic pricing page.

Likelihood to Recommend

Datadog

Datadog is a no-brainer for any environment that relies on multiple servers. Even for one server, it's so much better to use for monitoring and alert capability than anything else I remember looking at before we started using Datadog. Teams can even use it to track their progress of investigating an alert so multiple people aren't unknowingly looking into the same exact issue unnecessarily.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

New Relic

For monitoring specific URLs for response time, tracking performance of an application over time, and being able to drill down to the function level where an app component might be experiencing an issue, it seems to be well suited.Also, the overall NR suite seems to experience rapid changes, which could potentially be somewhat unsettling to users who are trying to get familiar with a feature area. I'm unsure also, how consistently these are documented.It seems to have less ability them some other products, to be able to see what low-level procedures on the code or DB side could be bottlenecks.
Jim Locke, ITIL v3F, ITIL RCV | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Datadog

  • APIs, the ability to interact with the data we pull into data dog is key. We port the information over to Servicenow, so the ability to pull everything into DataDog, then Servicenow, is a key component of our success here at Wayfair.
  • Simple Interface - clean, useful, effective. Allows users to use DataDog for one reason, get work done.
  • Lightweight agent on hosts
Anthony Zappala | TrustRadius Reviewer

New Relic

  • The New Relic agent does a great job of monitoring and profiling an application.
  • The New Relic alerts make it easy for us to define when individuals should be alerted to an issue.
  • New Relic Synthetics helps us monitor our websites and provide insights into our uptimes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Datadog

  • User interface could be improved in some areas, looking for host information and the agent install link takes a bit of time.
  • Configuration of the agent is generally done via a config file which is a pro and a con. It would be nice to have some UI to configure various agent options.
  • Billing isn't entirely straightforward, they could use more reports to figure out the source of your monthly costs.
Kevin Van Heusen | TrustRadius Reviewer

New Relic

  • Sometimes we can't drill down deep enough on errors or traces.
  • Inter communication paths are not obvious (stack) though service maps are helpful at times.
  • I often feel like it's not really built for cloud monitoring and microservices.
  • There are additional plugins that our IT dept can't seem to get working with our product, like Kubernetes, PostgreSQL.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Datadog

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New Relic

New Relic 7.4
Based on 9 answers
I have not yet found any similar product that offers me this range of features to help us keep our online service fast and reliable. Besides this, New Relic is constantly evolving by adding new plugins to emerging technologies and platforms. Server performance measuring features are a key point as our user database grows.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Datadog

Datadog 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The user interface is quite intuitive with the exception of the network map. As a deployer of software, it is trivial to setup.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

New Relic

New Relic 7.8
Based on 4 answers
As an engineer, New Relic has been very quick and easy for me to pick up/install/use. It has been less easy for some of the less technical-minded folks in our organization and their UI still is inconsistent multiple years after refactoring their platform to be New Relic One.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Datadog

No score
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New Relic

New Relic 10.0
Based on 2 answers
we have never had any down time issues!!!
Jayson E. Conry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Datadog

No score
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New Relic

New Relic 8.0
Based on 2 answers
there are times where browser cache will cause issues that require you to clear your browser before continuing.
Jayson E. Conry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Datadog

Datadog 8.4
Based on 12 answers
Our experience working with their support found them to be helpful and quick to respond. Also, as many of their integrations are open source, improvements we desired could be tracked and even driven by us. Their documentation is excellent and makes integrating their tooling simple and makes standing up monitoring for new application a quick and painless process.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

New Relic

New Relic 8.0
Based on 6 answers
There are times I feel that the initial support is lacking. And in some cases the automated responses of not hearing anything are annoying if the reason why there has been no movement is because we are still waiting to hear back from NR support. So, i think they should loose the automation as it can seem disingenuous
Jayson E. Conry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Datadog

No score
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New Relic

New Relic 8.5
Based on 8 answers
The documentation was clear and concise; the only issue we ran into was custom application naming. Due to HTTPD mod_fcgid and the need for the application name to be set in php.ini (not in .htaccess or the virtual host directive) ... we had issues setting this up.
Travis Crowder | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Datadog

New Relic APM is a great application performance monitoring tool, but the agent was producing an increased load on our system compared to Datadog. Datadog also gives the flexibility of going outside of the boundaries of the application and looking at system performance as well, which can have a large impact on application performance.
Stephen Groat | TrustRadius Reviewer

New Relic

New Relic has a lot of benefits comparing to other solutions.The main one is usability, compared to other solutions on the market, the interface and usability beats everything else and without good user experience, the user tends to ignore the solution.Great APM integration, easy and simple, which our developing teams love.And Synthetics is way ahead of anything out there, very simple and robust solution that gives us a lot of resources.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Datadog

No score
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New Relic

New Relic 8.0
Based on 1 answer
It's easy to scale. However, it isn't as easy to keep track of costs and who own's what/
Jayson E. Conry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Datadog

  • One of our critical production databases went down a couple of weeks back. Just because we had the Datadog monitoring enabled for that database, Datadog sent the alerts to PagerDuty and we were instantly notified via pager and email alert. We could act right away and bring up the database within a few mins.
  • Ability to create custom screenboards have allowed us to track the critical and warning alerts in front of our eyes all the time
Rajeshh Raghavan | TrustRadius Reviewer

New Relic

  • I can't speak to this specifically as I'm just an end user, so I'll speak in terms of the impact on our team. We've used New Relic to monitor a new page we're still in the process of fully rolling out.
  • It allows us to keep an eye on our overall page performance (several different metrics), JavaScript error rate, and other custom logging to make sure the new page is not having any significant downturns in these areas.
  • By comparing these stats to the previous version of the page, we can feel confident in continuing to roll out the new page, and get early warning signs if something goes wrong.
  • Our high priority alerts are tied in to OpsGenie so we get custom notifications off hours.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Datadog

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Datadog Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Infrastructure$15.001
Log Management$1.272
APM$31.003
  1. Per Host Per Month
  2. Per Million Log Events
  3. Per Host Per Month
SaaS Edition
Free$01
Standard$15/host2
EnterpriseCustom3
  1. Up to 5 hosts
  2. Up to 500 hosts
  3. 500+ hosts
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New Relic

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

New Relic Editions & Modules

Edition
Standard$991
ProContact sales team
EnterpriseContact sales team
Telemetry Data Platform0.253
Proactive Detection0.254
Incident Intelligence0.505
  1. per user
  2. per GB
  3. per million app transactions
  4. per incident
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