AWS X-Ray Overview

AWS X-Ray is the #28 ranked solution in our list of APM tools. It is most often compared to Datadog: AWS X-Ray vs Datadog

What is AWS X-Ray?

AWS X-Ray helps developers analyze and debug production, distributed applications, such as those built using a microservices architecture. With X-Ray, you can understand how your application and its underlying services are performing to identify and troubleshoot the root cause of performance issues and errors. X-Ray provides an end-to-end view of requests as they travel through your application, and shows a map of your application’s underlying components. You can use X-Ray to analyze both applications in development and in production, from simple three-tier applications to complex microservices applications consisting of thousands of services.

Buyer's Guide

Download the Application Performance Management (APM) Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: May 2021

AWS X-Ray Customers
COMCAST, ConnectWise, skyscanner, AirAsia, cookpad, cimpress, VTEX, zowdow
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Rodrigo Melo
Senior Java Developer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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Top 5
Scalable and good for tracing problems, but hard to configure

What is our primary use case?

In our company, we work with microservices. We use X-Ray to trace the flow of our endpoints and our requests. That's basically the only use case for us.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution has made it easier for us to trace the problems that we have with our requests and to monitor the timing of each step in each request we do in our endpoints."
  • "The user interface is sometimes kind of confusing to understand. It's not very user-friendly."

What other advice do I have?

We have or applications with Amazon. We have an enterprise relationship. We use the up-to-date version of the solution. I would recommend the solution. Despite all the difficulties we have faced in terms of configuration, it's very useful to trace everything and to have information about the application types we have in our endpoints. Overall it's a nice tool. Potentially, I just need more time with it to understand more of its functionalities and quirks. I would rate the solution at a seven out of ten.