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DataGalaxy VS. Alation

Why top brands choose DataGalaxy’s SaaS-native platform for enhanced governance and cataloging efforts.

Explore the distinct methodologies of DataGalaxy and Alation when it comes to metadata management, and gain a clear overview of the business implications of each.

Product comparison

Connect to legacy data stack
Connect to modern data stack
Data Catalog & Business Glossary
Exploratory Data Lineage
Governance responsability & workflows
Modern user interface
Diagramming tool
Legacy Data Catalog

Services differentiation

Premium service for all customers
Unlimited viewer roles
All-in-one solution
No hidden costs
Deployable on day 1
Easy to maintain
Legacy Data Catalog

Infrastructure differentiation

Available on all Clouds
On-Premise deployment
Independent containerization
70+ connectors
Data Quality integration
Uniform Resource Name
Legacy Data Catalog

Based on 2024 Gartner Peer Insights
and G2 reviews

DataGalaxy 4.9

DataGalaxy is rated higher for ease of use according to Gartner Peer Insights with a rating of 4.9 stars.

DataGalaxy offers a straightforward set-up process, intuitive interface, and pre-built connectors for popular data sources, simplifying data connection and cataloging.

Alation 4.5

On Gartner Peer Insights, Alation has a rating of 4.5 stars, suggesting a good level of user satisfaction regarding ease of use.

However, despite the positive ratings, some reviewers have found DataGalaxy easier to use, set up, and administer when compared to Alation​

DataGalaxy 4.9

DataGalaxy’s Business Glossary feature bridges the gap between technical and business users by providing precise term definitions, collaborative tools for input, and seamless integration with existing systems, ensuring clear communication and consistent data understanding across all levels of an organization.

Alation 4

Alation Business Glossary is based on a one-size-fits-all system of articles that require development to create.
The lack of UX flexibility and over customization can lead to issues with maintaining a uniform standard and cause confusion.

DataGalaxy 4.9

DataGalaxy offers several collaboration features (tasks, comments) for teams to work together on data-related tasks
A unique web browser plug-in allows users to comment on and share data assets directly from their web browser
Integrates with popular collaboration tools such as Slack and Microsoft Teams

Alation 4.3

Alation also supports collaborative data governance by providing a shared environment for data discovery and analysis.
Alation offers features like collaborative analytics, a shared SQL editor, and the ability to comment on and share queries and datasets.
Alation relies on third-party tools for collaboration.

DataGalaxy 5

DataGalaxy offers customer support through an online help center, which includes a knowledge base, FAQs, and tutorials.
DataGalaxy’s customer support team is known for being responsive and providing personalized support to customers.
DataGalayx launched a portal for customers (Users Voice) to submit ideas for improvements, responding within a 2 to 3 day timeframe​.

Alation 4.4

Alation also provides multiple channels of support including email, phone, and a support portal for ticket submissions and knowledge base access.
Alation may also offer dedicated account managers or customer success managers, depending on your plan.

DataGalaxy 4.9

DataGalaxy’s Cloud-native architecture allows for easy scalability with business needs.
Built on microservices and containerization technologies to handle increasing workloads
DataGalaxy can seamlessly adapt to the changing needs of an organization and provides consistent performance even as the data landscape expands

Alation 4.3

Alation can be deployed in the cloud, utilizing a cloud-native architecture.
Alation supports integration with various cloud data sources and data warehouses, allowing organizations to manage and catalog their data wherever it resides. However, some additional costs might occur.

DataGalaxy 4.9

DataGalaxy offers flexible pricing options for their data catalog solution
Provides a quote-based pricing model based on the specific needs of each organization
Appears to be a considerably more affordable solution according to some customer reviews.
Free readers and connectors

Alation 4.2

Alation’s pricing starts at $60,000 for one year. (source: AWS Marketplace).
For an organization with 300 Alation users, the annual cost is $246,000, escalating in Year 2 and 3.
Costs cover server subscription and vary with user count and license types: Contributors, Consumers, and Collaborators. (source: The Total Economic Impact™ Of The Alation Data Catalog)

Not convinced yet?

Deep dive into the 5 reasons
why DataGalaxy is the preferred choice

Complete for data professionals, accessible for all users

DataGalaxy excels in providing a balanced platform that is both comprehensive for technical users and accessible for end users. This dual focus bridges the technical divide, offering robust functionality without compromising on ease of use. DataGalaxy serves a broad audience, effectively democratizing data access and understanding for everyone involved.

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All-inclusive connectivity, no extra costs

DataGalaxy stands out in the market by providing an inclusive package that includes all connectors and an unlimited number of readers at no extra charge. This approach is distinct from many competitors who often charge additional fees for each integration. By offering these essential features at no additional cost, DataGalaxy fosters an environment where data can be freely connected and shared, enhancing productivity and collaboration across organizations.


Premium customer service, for all

DataGalaxy sets a new standard in customer service, providing top-tier support equally to all clients, without the tiered service levels often seen with competitors. Our approach ensures that every user, regardless of their level of investment, receives the same care and attention, ensuring a uniform and high-quality customer experience.


Expert-led, organization-specific data insights

DataGalaxy’s campaign module stands out by focusing on relevance over sheer volume. Unlike competitors who aim for the most comprehensive data catalog, often resulting in underutilized resources, DataGalaxy prioritizes expert involvement. We ensure that the data is not only well-documented and accurate but also tailored specifically to your organization’s needs.


Proactive, AI-enhanced security measures

DataGalaxy stands out with its AI-driven security and compliance measures, which are not just tick-box features but central elements of our offering. Unlike generic solutions on the market, our AI/ML technology is specifically tailored to proactively protect your data and ensure compliance with specific organizational standards and regulations.


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“ Thanks to DataGalaxy, we can finally track data end-to-end and identify data ownership. DataGalaxy’s Data Knowledge Catalog has provided so many benefits for our organization, including a fully-documented functional and technical use case, a thorough algorithm library, and a clear identification of ownership between IT, business, data, and BI teams. ”
Emmanuel Dubois Swiss Life Chief Data Officer

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