Datadog 1 is an application monitoring service; it is designed to ingest data from servers, and build dashboards and alerts. From the references collected here, I would not recommend this platform for graphing anything other than service availability. The system could in theory be used for caching large volumes of data; but I think this not a good idea cost-wise. A system actually designed to store data at scale would do it cheaper and faster.

Datadog (from now on DD) has good documentation, and supports:

  • For parity on reporting with the other products articles, this is a closed-source 'payfor' SAAS. Pricing 2
  • It consists of a software agent, a webportal and some vendor-managed REST services that clients can't touch. The agent is deployed to every machine that is using DD services. Secondly there is a link library that may be added to client services to act as a crash reporter.
  • There is a third party backup tool 3 git, although remember that most of the configuration is deployed inside the webportal, which should be managed/maintained by the vendor.
  • For 24H access there is a mobile app 4, which uses SAML. This supports both major phone OS vendors.
  • Creating dashboards 5 6 7
  • In the dashboards, you can create graphs 8, and timeseries graphs are default 9.
  • It is possible to create graphs for arbitrary values, and therefore slices are achieved by side-effect.
  • Datadog supports a variety of smoothing and aggregation algorithms to make graphs better 10 11 12.
  • I know DD supports setting colours in the dashboards, as I have done it.
  • The DD website claims to support EN, ES and JP; however any users had better understand English to achieve anything with DD (~90% missing localised pages).
  • DD doesn't support GIS properly; but does have host maps which are more relevant 13.
  • In 2014 DD did not have unicode support 14; I think they do now
  • DD can be setup to monitor PG 15; it can be setup for many other DB also (specific integrations). It obviously supports monitoring on other services.
  • It does not support phrase analysis.
  • Graph options are as follows 16 17. Most of the more difficult options are in the underlying JSON models 18.
  • DD supports alerts, of a type 19
NB: the bibiographic data is very sparse with the DD website.

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