What is Datadog?

Datadog is a monitoring and analytics tool for information technology (IT) and DevOps teams that can be used to determine performance metrics as well as Event monitoring for infrastructure and cloud services. The software can monitor services such as servers, databases and tools.

Datadog monitoring software is available for deployment on premises or as a software as a service (SaaS). Datadog supports Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems. Support for cloud service providers includes AWS, Microsoft Azure, Red Hat OpenShift and Google Cloud Platform.

Datadog uses a Go-based agent and its backend is made from Apache Cassandra, PostgreSQL and Kafka. A Rest application program interface (API) is used to allow Datadog to integrate with numerous services, tools, and programming languages. Integrations such as Kubernetes, Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Ubuntu and Bitbucket.

The user interface includes customizable dashboards that can show graphs composed of multiple data sources in real-time. Datadog can also send users notifications of performance issues on any set metric, such as compute rates. Users are notified through means such as email, Slack or PagerDuty.

Datadog dashboard
Datadog dashboard


The features that Datadog offers include:

  • Provides an IT/DevOps team with a single view of their infrastructure (including servers, apps, metrics and other services).
  • Customizable dashboards.
  • Alerts based on critical issues.
  • Support for over 250 product integrations.
  • Automatically collects and analyzes logs, latency and error rates.
  • Allows for access to the API.
  • Supports applications written in languages such as Java, Python, PHP, .NET, Go, Node and Ruby.


Alternative monitoring tools to Datadog include solutions such as Science Logic and Zenoss Service Dynamics.

Science Logic is an IT infrastructure monitoring tool which provides a cloud-focused monitoring system which can monitor databases and application performance. Science Logic can also monitor private, public and multi-clouds, networks, storage, hardware and hypervisors.

Zenoss Service Dynamics IT monitoring analytics software that can monitor networks, storage, servers, cloud, databases, or hypervisors. Service Dynamics is available only on premise; a SaaS version is offered through Zenoss as a service (ZaaS). ZaaS offers the same monitoring abilities as Service Dynamics.

This was last updated in October 2021

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