Honeycomb vs. Lightstep Comparison

Which is the best APM and observability provider for you?

October 26, 2022

Written by
Louis-Victor Jadavji, Cofounder of Taloflow

Who should you choose and why?

Take a look at the feature, compliance and integration comparison tables below to figure out who matches your requirements best.



Honeycomb excels in providing detailed insights into real-time software system behavior, surpassing traditional APM tools. It enables users to probe their systems at an event-level granularity, facilitating a deeper understanding of patterns and anomalies. With Honeycomb, engineers can rapidly debug production issues and improve their software based on concrete data, making it ideal for modern architectures like microservices and serverless.


Lightstep's observability platform is designed with a specific focus on monitoring and tracing challenges inherent to microservice-based environments. It provides deep, real-time visibility into complex, multi-layered architectures, empowering developers and operators to understand, troubleshoot, and optimize their microservices. For teams managing microservices, Lightstep offers a granular and context-rich tool for ensuring their system's reliability and performance.
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Feature Comparison


Use Case Fit

Problem Resolution




Integration With Other Services

Not all observability providers have the integrations or compatibility with tools and languages like Rancher, AlertOps, or Rust.

Compliance Requirements

Compliance with standards like PCI DSS, HIPAA, ISO 27001, FedRAMP and more have been tracked and recorded.

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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