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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


Most monitoring tools only focus on collecting and reporting time-series metrics data. In comparison, Datadog reports on events too, and that is one of its attractive features. These are system-level events such as the restarting of a Datadog agent and the deployment of a new container:

Figure 3.5 – An example events dashboard

The Events dashboard can be accessed using the Events main menu option on the Datadog UI. You can directly add an update to the events stream using this dashboard and also comment on an already posted event. This social media-inspired feature is useful in situations where you need to communicate or add clarity about some system maintenance-generated events to remote teams.

The events listed on the dashboard can be filtered using various options, including search. Additionally, there is an option to aggregate related events, which is useful in adding brevity to the events listing.

Events is one of the main menu options...