vs. Alation

See why leading brands use DataGalaxy's SaaS-native platform to improve governance and cataloging initiatives.


Benchmarking DataGalaxy vs. Alation

DataGalaxy and Alation are two data management platforms that offer a range of tools and features to help organizations manage their data more effectively. Both platforms have unique strengths and capabilities, making them valuable tools for businesses looking to improve their data management processes.
Choosing between them ultimately depends on the specific needs and requirements of the organization.

Why choose DataGalaxy over Alation?

Based on Gartner PeerInsights Reviews 2023 & Customers Reviews






Ease of Deployment

Low Complexity High
4.7 Product reliability 4.3
Ease of Integration  4.1
5 Adoption Bis 4
Ability to Understand Needs 4.4
4.9 Support 4.4
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  • DataGalaxy is rated higher for ease of use according to Gartner Peer Insights with a rating of 4.9 stars based on 46 reviews​​.
  • DataGalaxy offers a straightforward set-up process, intuitive interface, and pre-built connectors for popular data sources, simplifying data connection and cataloging.
  • The guided onboarding process helps users to get started quickly, reducing the learning curve.

    "DataGalay  boasts a user-friendly interface that is both intuitive and efficient, streamlining the data governance process."
    Julien B - Product Owner
  • Alation has a rating of 8.5 for ease of use on G2, indicating that users find it relatively easy to navigate and use​​.
  • On Gartner Peer Insights, Alation has a rating of 4.5 stars based on 159 reviews, 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 offers several collaboration features 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
  • Collaboration in data governance: DataGalaxy enables business and IT collaboration in the governance of data. This collaborative approach helps in monitoring data across the enterprise, which in turn, contributes to better business outcomes

  • 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.
    By leveraging machine learning, Alation helps to automate many aspects of data governance, making collaboration more efficient and effective.


Customer support





      • DataGalaxy offers customer support through an online help center, which includes a knowledge base, FAQs, and tutorials.
      • DataGalaxy provides email support and has a dedicated support team that works with customers to resolve issues.
      • DataGalaxy's customer support team is known for being responsive and providing personalized support to customers.

  • Alation also provides multiple channels of support including email, phone, and a support portal for ticket submissions and knowledge base access.
  • They offer training and educational resources to help customers get the most out of their platform.
  • Similar to Collibra, Alation may also offer dedicated account managers or customer success managers to ensure customers achieve their desired outcomes with the platform.







  • Cloud native architecture allows for easy scalability with business needs
  • Built on microservices and containerization technologies to handle increasing workloads
  • Can seamlessly adapt to the changing needs of an organization
  • Provides consistent performance even as the data landscape expands
  • Cloud-native architecture: Alation can be deployed in the cloud, utilizing a cloud-native architecture which allows for better scalability and flexibility.
  • Integration with cloud data sources: Alation supports integration with various cloud data sources and data warehouses, allowing organizations to manage and catalog their data wherever it resides.
  • Support for cloud-based analytics: Alation facilitates cloud-based analytics by integrating with cloud-based data visualization and analytics platforms.







DataGalaxy offers a substantial library of ready-to-go connectors for a variety of data platforms:

  • Data warehouses & databases: Snowflake, Databricks, Salesforce, MongoDB, DynamoDB, Azure Synapse, among others​.
  • Data visualization: PowerBI, Looker, Tableau Server, Qlik Sense, etc​.
  • Data processing & others: Amazon Glue, Azure Data Lake, Teradata, Vertica, and more​.
  • CRM and NoSQL: Hubspot, Salesforce, MongoDB, DynamoDB, etc​.
  • Custom integrations: Excel, CSV, and others for custom data integration needs


  • Alation provides various connectors and integrations to enable data governance and management:

    • Database: Alation provides connectors for a variety of databases including PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server among others.
    • Big data: Connectors for big data technologies such as Hadoop, Hive, and Spark are also provided by Alation.
    • Cloud data source: Alation supports connections to cloud data sources like Amazon Redshift, Snowflake, and Azure SQL Data Warehouse.
    • BI Tools: Integration with BI tools like Tableau and Power BI is facilitated through connectors provided by Alation.







  • 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'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)


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DataGalaxy's additional value

Accelerated user adoption

Our user-friendly data catalog integrates with popular platforms like Slack and Teams, making it easy for your team to access and use the data they need. 

Cloud-ready and on-premise flexibility

Our data catalog is cloud-agnostic, giving you the best of both worlds - on-premise control and cloud scalability.

Seamless integration with existing tools

Our data catalog seamlessly integrates with your existing tools and systems, with no disruption to your technology stack.

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Investing in our data catalog can a substantial return on investment (ROI) for your organization. And with a positive net present value (NPV), our data catalog is designed to provide long-term value for your organization.

DataGalaxy's unique features

- Search & Discovery

Google-Like Search

Stop searching for data and start finding it where it belongs. Our data catalog transforms tribal knowledge into accessible and useful data, with the help of Metabot for suggestions and tasks. Our dynamic search bar provides instant access to centralized information, and our natural language features make it easy to find the data you need based on your goals and technical knowledge.


- Browser Extension

Click & search

Users need to understand and trust the reports, dashboards, and spreadsheets.  What they can’t afford to do is stop and go look it up somewhere.  They need the knowledge immediately at the point of use.  The DataGalaxy Browser Extension provides the ability to simply highlight text in any webpage and immediately pop open everything it knows.

- Toggle mode

Adapted to your technical Knowledge

DataGalaxy provides the right data, at the right moment. It ensures a global comprehension with a toggle profile feature, adapting your results based on your personal technical skill.
Our collaborative tools enhance communication between IT and other users, making your data the heart of your organization.


- Metabot

Increase data classification with AI/ML

DataGalaxy is a platform made by humans, for humans. But we know that the help of artificial intelligence will help you a lot!


- A social data network

Active metadata management

Avoid clogged data information into your organisation with effective communication. The Data Knowledge Catalog bridges the gap between IT and business users to establish freedom of knowledge. Empower your teams and ensure democratize data. Create, change, improve - Your data come alive with our collaborative tools.


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Our customers love our products

"As we better understand data, we consume it faster. The observed results can be illustrated by the fact that complex questions about data are answered more quickly and that there is a growing appetite on the part of the business to complete the data catalog."


Eric Albertelli

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Let our valued customers show you how they made DataGalaxy work for them:

Bouygues Telecom

Bouygues Telecom uses DataGalaxy to facilitate the centralization of customer data knowledge in order to maximize its value.



  • Insurance leader Swisslife uses DataGalaxy to boost new IA uses and facilitate data democratization.

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