Observability pricing that’s built for scale
$0 per host, $0 per container, $0 per user
Free for everyone
Best for small projects
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Limited data ingest rate
Limited data retention
How Lightstep reduces your monitoring spend
Hosts, containers, and seats are free
If you run one instance or one thousand instances of a service, it’s still just providing a single service to the rest of your application. Lightstep’s Active Service pricing model does not penalize your organization for achieving scale.
While other vendors charge for hosts, containers, or even total RAM allocation, Lightstep does not.
A more efficient time series database
Lightstep built a next-generation time series database to enable Change Intelligence, and offer the best pricing for metrics on the market.
The Largest Incumbent Metrics Provider
Even better: Lightstep measures the number of Active Time Series (ATS) on an hourly basis. This means that even if your team deploys many times per month and your “host” label changes every time, the number of Active Time Series stays flat — so you can adopt CI/CD and other DevOps best practices without increasing your monitoring bill.
Hybrid architecture reduces span data costs
It’s no secret that distributed tracing data – ”span” data, that is – can be a firehose: a span contains structured data for every inbound and outbound request for every microservice in an application, and that adds up. Lightstep’s Satellite architecture pushes data ingress close to the application itself, making it possible to handle more data than other solutions at a fraction of the cost.
Large Observability Provider X
Large Observability Provider Y
Unlimited infrastructure, application, runtime, cloud, third-party metrics ingestion
Unlimited tracing (complete visibility from mobile / web to database)
4MB / minute
$0.06 / GB
Monthly charge per active time series
$0 (limited to 7,500 max)
Change Intelligence insights
Grouping/filtering on any tag combinations
Service and operation maps
Inferred service maps
Deviation and baseline comparisons
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Envoy / Istio
AWS / Cloudwatch
Prometheus / Grafana
Datadog / statsd
Jaeger / Zipkin
SOC 2 certified
Admin and user controls
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Designated shared Slack support channel
Team training support