Datadog Valuable Features

Senior Manager, Site Reliability Engineering at Extra Space Storage

We started with Log analytics in the beginning stages of our monitoring journey. Those were very insightful, but obviously only as useful as we made them with good logging practices.

The dashboards we created are core indicators of the health of our system, and it is one of the most reliable sources we have turned to, especially as we have seen APM metrics impacted several times lately. We can usually rely on logs to tell us what the apps are doing.

APM and Traces have been crucial to understanding how users are actually using the app. That drives a lot of our decisions around refactoring and focusing our limited engineering resources.

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Principal Enterprise Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

I like that you can build out a dashboard pretty quickly. There are some things that come out of the box that you don't really need to do, which is great because they're default settings. Once you install the agent on the machine, they pick up a lot of metrics for you that are going to be 70 or more percent of what you need. Out of the box, it's pretty good.

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Senior Director of DevOps at Housecall Pro

Metric graphing and Dashboards are the most valuable features because they give us good observability into our system and work well to alert us when interesting things happen. We use this functionality daily.

We value the monitoring capability since it allows us to be pushed alerts, rather than have to observe graphs continually. The integrations with Slack and PagerDuty enable us to be interrupted appropriately and keep a running tab on the system without bothering us unnecessarily.

The online process monitoring has been extremely helpful, as it gives engineers the ability to see the live status of all the processes running our systems without them having to log in.

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Network Engineer / AWS Cloud Engineer / Network Management Specialist at CareFirst

The most valuable feature is the dashboards that are provided out of the box, as well as ones we were able to configure. Specific Dashboards that were provided that made things easier were EC2, RDSKubernetes dashboards.

We also use the logging tool, which makes searching for specific error logs easier to do.

Datadog Logging provides the capability for us to use AWS logs such as VPC Flow Logs, ELB, EC2, RDS, and other logs that provide lots of relevant operational data but are not actionable. Datadog provides a tool that can provide us analytics and insights that are actionable for visualizations, dashboards, alerting, and intuitive searching.

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Senior DevOps Engineer at DigitalOnUs

With respect to logs, we used to integrate various kinds of tools to achieve very basic tasks and it always felt like a very fragile solution. I think logs are by far the most useful feature and at the same time, the one that we could improve.

APM - This is either a hit or miss, allow me to explain: we use various programming languages, mainly PHP and Ruby, and the traces generated don't always provide all of the information we want. For example, we get a great level of detail for the SQL queries that the app generates but not so much for the PHP side. It's hard to track where exactly where all of the bottlenecks are, so some analysis tools for APM could make a good addition.

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Sr. Architect - SaaS Ops at CommVault

The Host Map, Live Process provides performance metrics of our application. The support team likes using Datadog for identifying resources affected and obtaining the logs. 

Monitors are easy and quick to setup. Metrics are easily accessible and quick to use. The ability to send notifications based on metadata from the monitor is helpful. The setup for monitors is one time and it works for all workloads, whether it is Azure or any other cloud.

Logs rehydration helps us archive and rehydrate logs as we need. We don't need logs to be indexed at all times. Logs are required only for escalations and rehydrating does the job and provides cost savings.

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PN
Head of Digital & Cognitive Services at a tech company with 11-50 employees

Its integration definitely stands out. It provides seamless monitoring of all our systems, services, apps, and whatever else we secure and monitor. 

Visualizations have become simpler with dashboards. We are getting visibility into systems, services, and apps stack through a single pane of glass, which is good. We are able to put logs in context.

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AB
Director of Cloud Operations at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The visibility that it provides is valuable. It is helping in being proactive around incident management. It is helping us to be able to get more visibility into our customers' applications so that we can assist them at the application layer. We also provide them the infrastructure from an AWS standpoint. We are able to make sure that our customers are aware of certain critical things around the analytical piece of either the network or the application. We're able to call customers before they even know about the issue. From there, we can start putting together some change management processes and help them a bit.

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Senior Director with 10,001+ employees

Datadog's ability to group and visualize the servers and the data makes it relatively easy for the root cause analysis.

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Infrastructure Engineer at DataCamp

The fact that everything is under a single pane of glass is really valuable, as developers don't have to spend their time copying correlation IDs across tools to find what they need.

Thanks to the unified tagging system, it's really easy to jump around the different Datadog products without losing the context. That makes debugging really easy for developers because they can go from APM to logs to metrics in a few clicks.

Watchdog is also a great feature that helped us identify overlooked issues more than once.

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SH
Senior Cloud Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

In terms of the public cloud provider integration of AWS, I would say it's very easy and straightforward to integrate. We can automate that way as well, because it also provides the cloud formation template and is a way to have a central place to monitor and visualize metrics in a multi-account structure. It's something we really need because the company has many AWS accounts. Rather than jumping from one account to another, Datadog gives us the functionality of having everything on one platform, in one place.

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Co-Founder at Exeo IT

One of the solution's greatest aspects is its overall simplicity. It is very easy to use. It's easier to handle than other brands we have access to.

The monitoring capabilities that the solution provides are very good.

We find they have a very helpful alert system.

The product has been very stable. We've liked the performance provided.

The initial setup is simple and easy to handle. It's not hard at all.

The experience we've had with technical support has been very positive so far. They are helpful.

The integration capabilities have been pretty good overall. We have no complaints.

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BB
Project Director at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

Its logs are most valuable.

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Technology Competency and Solution Head at LearningMate

Datadog has a very good visualization for my complete infrastructure and network traffic, which enabled me to create a capacity plan.

This product is great because it shows you the SQL and your application request in a single view.

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Security Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

Its integration is most valuable because you can integrate it with various service providers such as AWS, .Net, etc.

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SB
Cloud Architect at a tech services company

The most valuable features are the graphs, dashboards, metrics, and the interface.

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Director of DevOps at Digital Media Solutions Group

The most valuable features are logging, the extensive set of integrations, and easy jumpstart.

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Tech Lead & Solutions Architect at DXC

I have found some of the most valuable features to be the way things all come together that gives us a point of view that is useful. The panel is very beautiful and customizable. The configuration file was really helpful, we were able to configure the solution in the way we needed. The portability of this solution is more flexible than other competitors, allowing us to change cloud services when we want. We are not locked into a particular one.

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KN
Senior Software Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

The application performance monitoring is pretty good. 

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