Ensure uptime, performance, and availability on a global scale with the solutions from Dotcom-Monitor.
Monitor your most complex websites, web applications, APIs, and web services.
Comprehensive reports and metrics allow you to quickly identify the root cause of downtime or performance issues.
Easy to use dashboard
Powerful, point and click scripting tool
Real browser-based monitoring
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Straightforward plans and pricing
During the last decade, the Application Performance Monitoring (APM) industry has become highly competitive in terms of strategy and technology. A multitude of vendors came out offering their solutions and viewpoints regarding APM. Since then, the term APM has come to mean many things, spanning across many digital platforms, rather than just a single market.
However, there are still some companies that are providing services keeping in mind the original fundamentals of APM. We’ll compare one such APM provider, Dotcom-Monitor with a relatively new player, Datadog, and see what they have to offer for increasing the performance of your online web properties. We’ll also try to decipher which one of these two APM solutions could better suit your applications and environments.
Datadog vs. Dotcom-Monitor
Monitoring Web Services
Web services include, but are not limited to, REST APIs, SOAP Services, SMTP, TCP, ICMP, XML, and JSON. These services are the backbone of any application that is dependent on it. Hence, it is essential to make sure that your web services are working up to their potential.
Dotcom-Monitor offers a web services monitoring solution for SOAP, REST, JSON, XML, and OAuth 2.0 web services by validating their response content, performance, and uptime. The performance of a service is measured by setting alert thresholds for both minimum and maximum response times. And the validation of the response is carried out by verifying that the API calls return proper text, JSON, or XML. You can access all the monitoring results on their dashboard, which is laid out in a straightforward and clear manner.
Datadog also offers monitoring for REST APIs and SOAP services under two different products called Synthetic Monitoring and an integration called HTTP Check. Both solutions present an intuitive and easy to use interface for setting-up REST and SOAP API monitoring. However, Datadog does not have any dedicated solution for monitoring OAuth 2.0 flow. So, if your application uses OAuth services like Facebook or Google for the login process, then Dotcom-monitor is your only option.
Monitoring Web Pages
If your business depends on your website to be up and available, then you should look for Dotcom-Monitor’s Web Page Monitoring solution. The solution can test and measure the various aspects of a web page and provides a detailed breakdown of performance. The monitoring happens on real browsers located across the world, and you can also simulate your website’s behavior with 2G, 3G, or 4G connections during monitoring.On their dashboard, you can easily
determine which parts of your website load quickly and which elements load with a delay. Any errors, along with other metrics, are also available. Dotcom-Monitor offers much more detailed analytics for website monitoring.
Datadog offers website uptime monitoring with SLO (Service Level Objectives). Like Dotcom-Monitor, you can monitor a specific URL. However, the level of monitoring leaves much to be desired here, as you only get information about uptime and any network-level errors, and you don’t get a detailed element-by-element breakdown as you do with Dotcom-Monitor.
Web Application Monitoring
For web applications that deal with complex user data and transaction steps, monitoring can become quite the challenging task. However, Dotcom-Monitor has an intuitive solution for monitoring complex and dynamic web applications. The EveryStep Web Recorder can record common UI paths for specific actions and run them on real browsers and devices located across the world. You can also validate the content being loaded by placing multiple keyword or image-based checks. The recorder supports over 40 desktop/mobile devices and browsers. Due to its simple, yet effective approach, the EveryStep Web Recorder allows you to interact with a variety of dynamic web application technologies, such as Angular, Vue, React, Flash, AJAX, HTML5, and more. The EveryStep Web Recorder can handle almost anything you throw at it.
Additionally, as of early 2019, Datadog launched their RUM (Real User Monitoring) solution for customers wanting to see the full end user experience by measuring the performance of real users.
Dotcom-Monitor offers dedicated monitoring solutions for most of your infrastructural needs. They have monitoring solutions available for different parts of your infrastructure, such as network, FTP servers, DNS performance, SMTP/IMAP email servers, and even VOIP services.
Datadog also offers server monitoring and network monitoring. They can monitor Linux servers and containers along with the performance of the network communications between multiple hosts. As for what you should choose depends entirely on your infrastructure. If you don’t use Docker or other similar containers, then Dotcom-Monitor can be a simple yet powerful solution.
Load testing involves putting your application through heavy traffic to determine any performance issues related to scaling, concurrency, and responsiveness. Dotcom-Monitor offers a cloud-based solution called LoadView that can perform real browser-based stress-testing across a global, distributed network of devices. The LoadView solution is separate from their monitoring solutions, but users can access it through the same dashboard as all their monitoring solutions, making it an ideal one-stop shop for your performance testing needs.
Unfortunately, Datadog does not offer any tool or solution dedicated for load/stress testing. Your only option is to go with the LoadView platform.
Dotcom-Monitor Plans and Pricing
$1.99/month per target (minimum of 10 targets required). Monitoring features include the following:
- 1-5 minute check frequency
- Web Server
- Web API – SOAP/REST
- SSL certification checks
Web Page Monitoring
$5.99/month per page (minimum of 5 pages required). Monitoring features include the following:
- 1-180 minute check frequency
- Real browsers (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox)
- Detailed waterfalls
- Video capture
- DOM element timings
- Element trend reporting
- Content validation
- DNS/SSL/Connect breakdown
Web Application Monitoring
$7.79/month per step (minimum of 5 steps). Monitoring features include the following:
- 1-180 minute check frequency
- EveryStep Web Recorder (web-based scripting tool)
- Chrome/Internet Explorer playback
- Playback video capture
- Detailed waterfall charts
- Image/content validation
- Support for dynamic web applications, such as Flash, Silverlight, AJAX, and more
Internet Infrastructure Monitoring
$7.99/month per target (minimum of 5 targets). Monitoring features include the following:
- 1-180min check frequency
- Streaming media servers
- Email servers
- DNS Blacklist
- Telnet/Port check
Datadog Plans and Pricing
Consists of three different plans. Free, Pro, and Enterprise. The Pro plan starts at $15/host per month. The Enterprise plan starts at $23/host per month. Centralizes monitoring of your systems, services, and serverless functions. Features include the following
- 400+ integrations
- Machine-learning-based alerts
- Live processes (Enterprise only)
- Single sign-on (Pro and Enterprise only)
Allows you to monitor logs, metrics, and traces. Two offerings, Ingest and Retain, are available. Ingest pricing starts at $0.10 per ingested or scanned GB. Retain starts at $1.27 per million log events per month. Customers can also choose from six retention options, from 3-day retention to 60-day retention periods.
Datadog’s APM and tracing plan begins at $31/host per month. Depending upon the number of hosts you have, you might end up paying quite a lot.
- Find bottlenecks
- Distributed tracing across microservices, containers, etc.
- Supports Java, Ruby, Python, .NET, and more.
Allows you to detect any threats across your networks, applications, and infrastructure. Pricing starts at $0.20/GB of analyzed logs per month.
- Detect threats across all ingested data
- Set up custom detection rules
- 15-month retention of security logs
Visualize network flows on map and understand traffic patterns. Pricing begins at $5/host per month.
- Network traffic mapping
- Hybrid and cloud supported
- User-defined tagging
- Deploys in minutes
Datdog’s Synthetic plan consists of two options, API Tests and Browser Tests. API Tests begins at $5/ten thousand test runs, per month. Browser Tests starts at $12/per thousand test runs per month.
- Monitor site availability and uptime
- Record tests without coding
- Global test locations
- Alerting capabilities
Real User Monitoring
Measure real user experience. Plan begins at $15/ ten thousand sessions per month.
- Troubleshoot performance issues
- Drill-down at the page level
- See issues by location
Datadog vs. Dotcom-Monitor
We learned what Dotcom-Monitor and Datadog have to offer in terms of APM. In most all of the cases, Dotcom-Monitor seems to be a solid choice. Dotcom-Monitor offers clear plans and pricing that make sure that you won’t be breaking the bank in the process. Datadog offers many plans with multiple tiers, which can lead to confusion and unexpected price increases. Some Datadog users have expressed frustration with their dashboards and there can be a steep learning curve in finding where your information lives. With Dotcom-Monitor, you pay for only the monitoring you need and every plan comes standard with great features like 24/7 support, unlimited public dashboards, multi-user support, third-party integrations, and much more.
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