Datadog

Get to know Datadog

Datadog’s a monitoring tool for today’s server infrastructure world. It watches everything that powers all of your apps and sites so you’ll know exactly what’s going on. You’ll start out by connecting it to your server or computer by installing a monitoring application via terminal. And if you have your site running on one server, that might be all you need to set up. That one app can monitor your server’s core performance, your database, your web server, and more. But odds are you’ll need to monitor more—so install Datadog’s agent on all of your servers, or connect your critical SaaS infrastructure via Datadog’s API integrations.

Then you can set up dashboards to monitor exactly what you need. The Dashboards tab automatically includes a few dashboards to help you monitor standard server data points including CPU usage and disk latency. Click the New Dashboard button to create your own. There, you can add text headings and notes along with graphs, values, timelines, and more, each focused on the specific part of your infrastructure you want to monitor.

There’s also a heads-up view of your entire infrastructure in the Infrastructure tab. That clusters your servers and services together by tags, showing each one with a color based on CPU utilization or other common metrics so you can see anything that’s critical or overworked. Click one of the sections to zoom in and see specifics about how that server or application is performing.

Datadog keeps a detailed log of everything that happens in your services, where you can drill through updates and notices and see connected events. Did your database take down the whole server, or did something happen right before your email service went down? The data’s all there to connect the dots. You can also setup custom monitoring that will, say, email you if a server is down for more than 5 minutes, or notify your team if a specific service has a certain error.

It’s a complete tool for monitoring the stuff that keeps your site and apps running. Need a heads-up display for your team? A Datadog dashboard is one of the easiest ways to get that—with customized notifications alongside that let you know exactly how everything’s running when you don’t have time to check.

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