ComparisonsThere are no tools quite like Honeycomb on the market. Here's how our approach, feature set, and value compare to four traditional categories.
Monitoring & Metrics
Honeycomb accepts arbitrarily wide events with no schema, and lets you ask questions on the fly that look more like business intelligence queries, over arbitrary keys and values.
You can also bookmark and share your custom queries, making it easier to stay afloat oncall, onboard new teammates, get visibility into new features or recent deploys, or just pick up where you left off investigating.
We accept only structured data. This means we don't need to do as much costly storage and processing on the server side.
Honeycomb has no schema or indexes. We flexibly aggregate at read-time, making us great for surfacing unknown-unknowns. We're also performant because we can do horizontal sharding indefinitely.
App Performance Monitoring
Typically a collection or presentation layer on top of a monitoring or log aggregation backend. They often do clever things to sift out the most important data automatically and present it with very little work. A great shortcut for getting started.
Honeycomb doesn't do as much pre-baked stuff for you, but it lets you dig into your high level view and surface specific parameters, so that you can find the common threads of a problem.
We handle high-cardinality and high-dimensionality cases, making it as easy to find the 100,001th thing as the 10th thing.
Honeycomb's specialty is helping you investigate mysteries, like root causes of system outages. It's also great at surfacing subtler health problems before those problems cascade into outages.
You could use us to look at your exceptions, but there are plenty of specialized tools that already do a great job at that.