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Datadog Cloud Monitoring Quick Start Guide

By : Thomas Kurian Theakanath
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Datadog Cloud Monitoring Quick Start Guide

By: Thomas Kurian Theakanath

Overview of this book

Datadog is an essential cloud monitoring and operational analytics tool which enables the monitoring of servers, virtual machines, containers, databases, third-party tools, and application services. IT and DevOps teams can easily leverage Datadog to monitor infrastructure and cloud services, and this book will show you how. The book starts by describing basic monitoring concepts and types of monitoring that are rolled out in a large-scale IT production engineering environment. Moving on, the book covers how standard monitoring features are implemented on the Datadog platform and how they can be rolled out in a real-world production environment. As you advance, you'll discover how Datadog is integrated with popular software components that are used to build cloud platforms. The book also provides details on how to use monitoring standards such as Java Management Extensions (JMX) and StatsD to extend the Datadog platform. Finally, you'll get to grips with monitoring fundamentals, learn how monitoring can be rolled out using Datadog proactively, and find out how to extend and customize the Datadog platform. By the end of this Datadog book, you will have gained the skills needed to monitor your cloud infrastructure and the software applications running on it using Datadog.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Section 1: Getting Started with Datadog
Section 2: Extending Datadog
Section 3: Advanced Monitoring

Evaluating community projects

There are tools developed by other companies and community groups that make your life easier with Datadog-related integration and automation. In this section, we will look at some of the useful tools and frameworks available in that category.

dog-watcher by Brightcove

In a large-scale environment with several dashboards and monitors built on Datadog for operational use, maintaining them could quickly become a major chore. This Node.js utility can be used to take backup of Datadog dashboards and monitors in JSON format and save it into a Git repository. Such backups are also very useful in recreating similar resources in the same account or elsewhere.

The utility needs to be run as a Node.js service. The code and the details of configuring it to run are available on GitHub at It could be scheduled to take periodic backups or take backups as and when there would be changes to the Datadog resources being...