Datadog vs. AppDynamics Comparison

Which is the best APM and observability provider for you?

March 24, 2023

Written by
Louis-Victor Jadavji, Cofounder of Taloflow

Who should you choose and why?

🤔 Strongly consider Datadog over AppDynamics if

  • You have a scaleup tech company with a dedicated DevOps and/or SRE team.
  • You need more flexible dashboarding for different types of engineering and product teams.
  • You would rather have a SaaS with the leading marketplace for plugins and connectors.

🤔 Strongly consider AppDynamics over Datadog if

  • You have a complex hybrid application.
  • You have teams of business analysts that need to use the data in your APM.


Datadog has been at the forefront of cloud monitoring for cloud-native companies. Its Application Performance Monitoring (APM) service is part of an extensive portfolio of complementary monitoring and observability tools. By capturing traces across various layers and services, Datadog APM provides developers with deep insights into their applications' performance, allowing for more effective troubleshooting and performance optimization.


AppDynamics stands out with its tight integration of automation (AIOps) features with its Application Performance Management (APM) offering. The platform provides the ability to monitor and manage the performance of complex, distributed applications with a focus on ensuring optimal user experiences. With its solid marriage of AIOps and APM, AppDynamics provides businesses with automated insights and anomaly detection, leading to more efficient problem resolution and optimized application performance.
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Not all observability providers have the integrations or compatibility with tools and languages like Rancher, AlertOps, or Rust.

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About the Author

Louis-Victor Jadavji (or "LV") is a recognized leader in the cloud services industry. He's helped 50+ digital native companies like ModusBox, Later, and NS1 choose the right cloud stack for their applications. His work has been featured in Forbes (30 Under 30 All-Star), HuffPost, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, and Inc. Magazine.

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