SolarWinds APM vs. Datadog Comparison

Which is the best APM and observability provider for you?

October 25, 2022

Written by
Louis-Victor Jadavji, Cofounder of Taloflow

Who should you choose and why?

🤔 Slightly consider SolarWinds over Datadog if

  • You have a limited budget and want a very simple and predictable pricing structure to work with.
  • You want to work with SolarWinds’ complementary suite of database, network, and other IT-related products.
  • You have a small deployment.

🤔 Strongly consider Datadog over SolarWinds if

  • You want highly customizable dashboards and the ability to set alarms with many customization options.
SolarWinds APM

SolarWinds APM

SolarWinds APM is an excellent choice for those seeking an affordable application performance monitoring solution. However, due to its limited functionality, it is best suited for small environments. Despite its limitations, it provides valuable insights into application performance and user experience. It works seamlessly with SolarWinds' complementary suite of products, making it an ideal option for users already utilizing their software. While it may not be suitable for larger setups, SolarWinds APM offers a cost-effective solution for monitoring and optimizing performance in smaller environments.
SolarWinds 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.
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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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