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Using Datadog For Cloud Scale Monitoring With Amazon Web Services

Using Datadog to Monitor AWS

Today’s computers are faster and more powerful than ever, and with the availability of cheap storage and interconnected systems, cloud computing allows organizations to easily manage their infrastructure without the need to maintain physical servers. Here on the WSOL blog, we’ve been delving into the cloud hosting capabilities of Amazon Web Services (AWS), and we recently looked at how CloudWatch can be used to monitor AWS resources and applications.

As the native monitoring system provided by AWS, CloudWatch provides some powerful monitoring tools, but we’ve found another solution that gives even more detailed data and offers some versatile integration tools: Datadog. Let’s look at the value it provides to AWS users:

Datadog Agent

Datadog is able to provide more detailed, granular reporting through the use of the Datadog Agent, a piece of software that runs on your AWS systems. The Agent collects data and sends it to Datadog, where it can be compiled into useful dashboards and reports to provide insight about all of the services and applications that you are using. The Datadog agent improves on the monitoring provided by CloudWatch by checking data every 15 seconds, whereas CloudWatch checks data every 1 minute.

Multiple Integrations

In addition to monitoring AWS systems, Datadog also integrates with a wide variety of other systems, including cloud computing providers like Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure, search providers like Solr and ElasticSearch, source code control tools like GitHub, and project management and collaboration tools like Jira and Slack. By combining data from multiple systems, users will be able to get a complete picture of all of their web properties at once.

Tagging

One of the most powerful capabilities that Datadog provides is a tagging system for the AWS resources and applications that it monitors. Systems can be assigned tags for their region, application, role, client, or any number of other categories (as well as custom tags), and when a user is viewing the systems that Datadog monitors, they can then filter by different tags to view groups of instances and services based on different categories.

Dashboards

Datadog makes it easy to monitor AWS systems through real-time dashboards that provide visualizations of system performance, allowing for easy comparison and analysis. You can use Datadog’s preconfigured AWS dashboards or create any number of custom dashboards, tracking the performance of different types of systems or monitoring the data for one specific client and sharing it with team members via a public URL.

Dashboards can include a wide variety of helpful data, including graphs, timelines, individual metrics, heat maps, hostmaps that display how different services are related to each other, lists of the top instances by metrics like CPU usage, and much more. In addition, team members can highlight specific items or sections of a graph and add annotations, allowing for easy collaboration and communication.

Datadog Dashboard

Through all of these powerful tools, Datadog provides systems administrators with everything they need to stay on top of their AWS resources and applications. Do you have any questions about how WSOL manages Amazon Web Services systems? Do you want to know more about our cloud hosting services? Please contact us, and we’ll help you determine how to use these tools in your digital strategy.

About the Author

Tom Bennett
Tom Bennett
As WSOL’s Lead Data Center Technician, Tom is responsible for managing and maintaining our data center environment. In addition to server administration, he provides Internal IT support and client end support. He is an expert in networking, virtualization, and data center technologies, providing the knowledge necessary to ensure the best hosting services for WSOL’s clients. When he’s not working, Tom enjoys golf and bowling.