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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

Searching events

In a large-scale environment where the Datadog Agent runs on several hundred hosts monitoring a variety of microservices and applications running on them, there will be scores of events published to the event stream dashboard every minute. In such a situation, manually looking through the event stream is not viable, and standard search methods have to be used to locate events of interest. Datadog provides multiple options for searching and filtering to get the correct set of events.

As we have seen in the previous section, you can specify a time window in the Show field to look at events only from a specific time period. As shown in the following screenshot, the time window can be specified in a variety of ways:

Figure 5.6 – Time window options to filter events

The time can be specified as follows:

  • By selecting fixed buckets of minutes, hours, or days in the past.
  • By entering custom time windows as shown in the screenshot...