Helios is now part of Snyk! Read the full announcement here.







Helios vs. Honeycomb

Your tracing is only as good as the
data collected

We treat backend services (databases, queues, queries, and calls) like first-class citizens. With breadth and depth of data collection unmatched by any other vendor, Helios offers best-of-breed trace visualization capabilities and effortless integration. We contribute to OpenTelemetry’s development, ensuring that our platform remains at the forefront of industry standards. And if you ever decide to send your data elsewhere, you can seamlessly replace the Helios collector with the OTel collector, so there is no vendor-lock concern.


Feature / Vendor

Monitoring and observability

End-to-end trace visualization graph Great Not supported
Ability to collect Lambda events Great Not supported
Ability to collect messages from queues (Kafka, Rabbit, etc.) Great Not supported
Transport methods (gRPC / Kafka / RabbitMQ) Great Not supported
API Catalog Great Partial
Ability to collect HTTP payloads Great Not supported
Jaeger-style timeline Supported Requires manual coding
Filtering Supported Supported
Service Map Supported Supported


Access a distributed trace directly from the logs for full context Supported Not supported
Sentry & Airbrake integration Supported Not supported
Replay flow configuration capabilities Supported Not supported
Access a distributed trace directly from each test run Supported Not supported

OpenTelemetry expertise

Ability to support non-standard cases Great Great


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

Why users love

Solve errors and bottlenecks
in minutes