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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

Application Performance Monitoring (APM)

As the name indicates, an APM tool monitors the performance of an application using multiple methods. APM is a broad area by itself and, as mentioned earlier, dedicated products address it. APM could also stand for Application Performance Management, and adds some confusion to the discussions on APM. The consensus is that, in order to qualify as an application performance management solution, a monitoring tool should have features to handle the performance issues that would be unearthed by the monitoring features of the tool. Datadog only goes by the acronym APM, and we will review the features under that umbrella without worrying too much about the expansion of APM.

The following are the features of a standard APM solution in general:

  • Measuring end user experience
  • Mapping application workflows initiated by users to the underlying infrastructure
  • Measuring the performance of application workflows
  • Tracing code to a user...