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Helios vs. Application Performance Monitoring solutions

Helios VS APM (3)

Application Performance Monitoring (APM) is a domain of solutions focused on helping DevOps and SRE teams maintain system availability, and optimize the service performance of their production environment.

Though some of the capabilities of APM solutions also address developers’ needs, they do so partially; developers face challenges around building cloud-native and distributed applications much earlier than in production. The granularity of the data, as well as the features built on top of it, are not aimed at helping developers with day-to-day tasks such as building new features, reproducing issues, and testing applications.

That’s where Helios comes in. Helios is a developer platform that helps increase dev velocity and productivity when building cloud-native applications. It accelerates R&D work, streamlining activities from troubleshooting and testing to design and collaboration, across all environments.


The following are the main differences between Helios and APM solutions:

Helios APM solutions
Use cases
  • E2E microservices visibility 
  • Debugging and troubleshooting
  • Automatic test-generation
  • Integrated dev collaboration
Production monitoring
Target audience Developers SREs and DevOps
Focus Accelerate dev velocity across local -> staging -> production environments Enable DevOps and SRE teams to maintain system availability and optimize service performance
Data collected All interactions, including HTTP and messaging payload data Interactions metadata (duration, statistics, etc.)

Does not include HTTP and messaging payload data

Tracing Core functionality.
Full visualization capabilities.
Side functionality.

Visualization of large traces is cumbersome.

Installation Simple and agentless installation  Agent-based
Pricing Usage-based, predictable Host-based, unpredictable


Increase your dev velocity
with actionable telemetry data

Helios is compliant with: