Datadog and NetApp Cloud Insights: Which cloud monitoring software solution is better?

IT Central Station users review two of the highest reviewed solutions in the cloud monitoring software market – Datadog and NetApp Cloud Insights.


To get a better understanding of their cloud environments and ensure everything is in order, many businesses are contemplating the use of cloud monitoring software tools and the benefits they can offer. However, choosing the right solution isn’t easy – every business is different, and there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution.

Over 388,000 professionals have used IT Central Station research to inform their purchasing decisions. Its latest paper looks at Datadog and NetApp Cloud Insights, two of the highest reviewed solutions in the cloud monitoring software market.

Below is a brief summary of the report, highlighting what real IT Central Station users think of each solution – from their most valuable features, to how they’ve improved individual businesses, as well as what each solution could do better.


A monitoring service for IT, Dev, and Ops teams who write and run applications at scale.

Most frequently compared to Splunk and Dynatrace, Datadog achieves a score of 7.8 from 12 reviews. Popular in the financial services, comms services, and media industries, the solution proves itself useful across numerous use cases. The organisations that use the solution also come in an array of sizes, large enterprises with over 1000 employees make up 19% of users, with midsize organisations claiming a 31% share and smaller companies accounting for 50% of the remaining total.

Being straightforward to integrate and automate are two of the key areas users like about the product. They also appreciate its ability to group and visualise the servers and data which makes it easy to carry out root cause analysis. However, the solution could be improved by offering a better user experience, with critics lamenting its sub-standard interface. It would also benefit from better tech support and deeper application-level insight.

NetApp Cloud Insights

An infrastructure monitoring tool that gives you visibility into your complete infrastructure.

NetApp is another increasingly popular solution in the cloud monitoring software space. It appeals to a variety of organisations across the manufacturing, media, and computer software industries.

Positive reviewers of the solution make a case for its ability to quickly inventory an organisation’s resources, giving them the power to figure out interdependencies across them, and assemble a complete topology of their enterprise environment. Users also like the queries and reporting that it provides, which allows customers to look at the utilisation of resources and to report on which resources are being used by specific business units. Despite these excellent features, there are a few areas where critics would like to see the solution improved. Firstly, many believe that compared to other vendors, NetApp’s product is rather expensive, and these users would appreciate the vendor offering a better price point. Customers would also like to see improvements made that allow for the creation, management, and modification of even more reports. 

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