SignalFX: Cost sensitive solution without sacrificing quality
August 14, 2018

SignalFX: Cost sensitive solution without sacrificing quality

DJ Enriquez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with SignalFx

SignalFX is used as the primary monitoring and alerting solution for our infrastructure and application metrics. It is used by engineering and solves the business problem of incident detection and/or prevention.


  • SignalFX handles historical metric aggregation exceptionally well, providing a multifaceted approach to event detection based on anomalies.
  • SignalFX's cost is incredibly flexible with their pricing model of DPM (data-point per minute) vs the traditional "per host" model that most monitoring SaaS use.
  • SignalFX support is responsive and knowledgeable, very eager to help solve your immediate problems.
  • SignalFX integrations is vast and constantly growing, making adoption easy even when multiple different open-source technologies are used in your stack.


  • SignalFX has room for improvement in UX. With the amount of options available, SignalFX use can be somewhat complicated. They seem to prefer a less-opinionated implementation, which can have its pros and cons. Other solutions like Datadog can be easier to implement, though at the cost of their opinion on implementation and price.
  • ROI has increased in terms of availability to our customers because of the preventative detection functionalities available in SignalFX.
  • No events of negative ROI have occurred.
SignalFX is a strong competitor in the monitoring SaaS space and provide the basic necessities for production grade monitoring and alerting. Other solutions may offer easier adoption and other helpful features, but will have trouble competing for cost for organizations that have bandwidth to tweak metric ingress.
SignalFX is well suited for environments where cost is a concern and the ability to decide what metrics are important to control that cost. Organizations with bandwidth to onboard a new system are also at an advantage. Organizations where cost is not a concern, may find better solutions elsewhere.


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