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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


We already discussed the basic concepts of monitors in Chapter 1, Introduction to Monitoring. Datadog provides an advanced implementation of monitors with a variety of features. The monitors can be created and maintained from the dashboard manually. The following screenshot provides a list of options available under this menu item:

Figure 3.20 – The Monitors main menu options

We will discuss monitors, in more detail, in Chapter 8, Monitors and Alerts. Here, we will briefly look at the important menu options that are available:

  • Manage Monitors: Under this tab, all the available monitors are listed, and monitors can be selected from that list for update.
  • Triggered Monitors: Essentially, thresholds are set on a metric to define a monitor, and they trigger when the threshold values are reached. Under this menu, a list of these triggered events is listed.
  • New Monitor: A new monitor can be created manually by following the workflow...