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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

Distributing notifications

Let's recap some of the concepts that we have discussed in this chapter to reiterate the related workflows. A monitor triggers a warning or an alert when some threshold or state that the monitor is tracking in the system has been reached. Notifications about this change in status, from OK to Warning or Alert, and then recovering back to OK, can be sent out to different communication platforms such as email, Slack, Jira, and PagerDuty. These notifications can also be posted to any system that supports Webhooks.

We have already learned that just by prefixing a personal or group email address with @, the notifications could be forwarded to them. It's always a best practice to forward these notifications to a group email or a distribution list, as they must be addressed by someone on the team.

The integrations with other tools facilitate the distribution and escalation of alert notifications for systematic tracking and the closure of issues. Let...