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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

Advanced features

There are a lot more menu options than the ones we have looked at, so far, in the Datadog dashboard. However, these are the core features that you will use on a regular basis, especially if you are a DevOps engineer who is responsible for maintaining the Datadog account. Let's take a look at some of them and learn what exactly each option covers:

  • Watchdog: Watchdog is an algorithmic feature that looks at available metrics data for any irregular patterns. Monitors can be created using this option to alert you to such aberrations.
  • Application Performance Monitoring (APM): APM is an add-on feature that can be used if your account has a license for it.
  • Notebook: A notebook is a collection of text and graphs collected serially with time. It is useful for documenting issues with highly visible data in the form of graphs.
  • Logs: This option provides access to the add-on feature, Logs Management.
  • Security: The Security Monitoring option can be...