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Helios vs. Datadog

Your tracing is only as good as the
data collected

With breadth and depth of data collection unmatched by any other vendor, Helios offers best-of-breed trace visualization capabilities and seamless integration. We contribute to OpenTelemetry, ensuring that our platform remains at the forefront of industry standards. And if you ever decide to send your data elsewhere, you can replace the Helios collector with the OpenTelemetry collector, so there is no vendor-lock concern.


Feature / Vendor

Developer-first observability 

End-to-end trace visualization graph  Great Not supported
Transport methods
(gRPC / Kafka / RabbitMQ)
Great Partial (Kafka not supported)
API Catalog Great Partial
Support for all stages of the dev lifecycle  Great Requires an agent
Ability to collect HTTP payloads Great Not supported
Ability to collect Lambda events Great Not supported
Ability to collect messages from queues (Kafka, Rabbit, etc.) Great Not supported
AWS Lambda monitoring  Supported Supported
Filtering Supported Supported


Access a distributed trace directly from the logs for full context Supported None - relies on vanilla OTel SDK
Sentry & Airbrake integration Supported Supported
Replay flow configuration capabilities Supported Not supported
Access a distributed trace directly from each test run Supported Not supported


Auto-instrumentation No agent or code changes required Requires an agent and code changes

OpenTelemetry expertise 

Ability to support non-standard cases  Deep OpenTelemetry expertise in both instrumentation and server-side issues, ability to tailor it to the needs of each customer Knowledge in their proprietary instrumentation (as part of the DD agent)


Ability to transfer data from the vendor’s collector to others OTel-based instrumentation can easily be reused to send data to any OTel collector. Based on proprietary instrumentation that can’t be exported to any other backend


Instrumentation of existing tests  Supported Not supported
Trace-based testing Supported Not supported


Easy deployment using IaC Supported Not supported

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