Prometheus vs. Datadog 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?

🤔 Slightly consider Prometheus over Datadog if

  • You run an environment that makes use of Kubernetes almost exclusively.

🤔 Strongly consider Datadog over Prometheus if

  • Essentially all cases where you are not overly cost sensitive and have a significant number of non-Kubernetes workloads running.

đź“ťOther Notes

  • With a fair bit of work, it is possible to get a similar quality of dashboarding available in Datadog by rolling out your own Prometheus/Grafana/Kibana.


Prometheus, an open-source monitoring toolkit, is particularly well-suited for Kubernetes environments. Designed with a focus on reliability, each Prometheus server operates independently, standing out as a robust solution during infrastructure outages. While it doesn't offer the same out-of-the-box dashboarding as some leading APMs like Datadog or New Relic, with considerable effort, users can achieve comparable quality. By using its flexible query language, PromQL, and integrating with open-source tools like Grafana and Kibana, Prometheus allows for a customizable, powerful monitoring system.


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.
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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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