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2018-12-04T07:57:00Z
Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your primary use case for Datadog?

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

Thank you!

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JulianLewis - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Engineer at a educational organization with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-08-15T10:42:13Z
15 August 22

Datadog is a SaaS solution we tried for URL and synthetic monitoring. You record a transaction going into a website and replay that transaction from various locations. Datadog is mainly used by the admin, but three or four other guys had access to the reports and notifications, so it's five altogether. We probably tried no more than 8 percent of what Datadog can do. There are so many other bits and modules. I've only gone into about half of what APM can do in the Datadog stack.

LM
Principal Solutions Architect at a security firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
2022-07-18T07:36:47Z
18 July 22

One of the things we use it for is the same thing that we use FullStory for, which is to replay customer interactions with our platform. However, it also does the monitoring. It's like monitoring cloud tools. We're really mostly monitoring our own software to make sure that everything is functioning properly. We can check a bunch of things, and we can even play back customer sessions. It’s basically monitoring our application.

Nuno Rosa - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Consultant at Infosys
MSP
Top 5
2022-06-07T11:17:23Z
07 June 22

The solution is basically used for servers and applications.

JK
IT Test Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
2022-03-29T15:58:56Z
29 March 22

Our primary use case is log management and we also use the solution for monitoring the application and underlying infrastructure. I'm an IT test manager.

JL
Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5
2022-02-04T12:22:43Z
04 February 22

We use Datadog to monitor our product on the cloud.

BA
Performance Testing Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-12-27T19:28:28Z
27 December 21

I'm not sure which version we're using, although I believe it to be the latest. We essentially use the solution in advance of performance testing, performance monitoring, and troubleshooting.

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UD
Director at a media company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-10-18T08:28:04Z
18 October 21

We have a web infrastructure that uses Amazon Web Services containers with everything included, and we use Datadog to monitor them all.

Attila Mate Kovacs - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Cyber Security Expert at a security firm with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-09-09T19:57:09Z
09 September 21

We implement these solutions for our clients. We have implemented Datadog as an SIEM solution.

RomainGiacalone - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Engineering Manager at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-08-13T08:08:14Z
13 August 21

I am using Datadog for error reporting.

SE
Director of IT at a consumer goods company with 201-500 employees
Real User
2021-08-13T05:36:43Z
13 August 21

I used Datadog typically for monitoring website statistics and some of the cloud networking equipment.

GAD COBBINA - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2021-06-01T14:22:04Z
01 June 21

We are currently testing it. If the testing goes well, we'll purchase the full version, and it will probably be our main monitoring tool. We plan to use it for monitoring our activities and the attacks on our systems or network.

Fernando Cunha JR - PeerSpot reviewer
Tech Lead & Solutions Architect at DXC
Real User
Top 5
2021-04-01T09:42:54Z
01 April 21

I implement this solution for clients.

AB
Director of Cloud Operations at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Reseller
Top 20
2021-03-29T17:00:07Z
29 March 21

Our clients use it for monitoring applications. Its deployment depends on our customer's use case. It is 100% cloud. We have got a multi-tenant environment, so we segment it out.

BrianHeisler - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Enterprise Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-02-19T21:40:43Z
19 February 21

We deploy agents on-premise to collect data on on-premise VM instances. We don't use Datadog in our cloud network. We do have some Cloud apps that we have it on and we also have Containers. We have it on their headquarters, the main software for them is on their own Cloud. Eventually, we're building out the process now and using it better. We plan to use Datadog for root cause analysis relating to any kinds of issues we have with software, with applications going down, latency issues, connection issues, etc. Eventually, we're going to use Datadog for application performance, monitoring, and management. To be proactive around thresholds, alerts, bottlenecks, etc. Our developers and QA teams use this solution. They use it to analyze network traffic, load, CPU load, CPU usage, and then Tracey NPM, API calls for their application. There are roughly 100 users right now. Maybe there's 200 total, but on a given day, maybe 13 people using this solution.

reviewer1494894 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Manager, Site Reliability Engineering at Extra Space Storage
Real User
Top 20
2021-01-25T19:36:00Z
25 January 21

We primarily use Datadog for logs, APM, infrastructure monitoring, and lambda visibility. We have built a number of critical dashboards that we display within our office for engineers to have a good understanding of the application performance, as well as business partners to understand at a high level the traffic flowing through the app. We started with logging, as our primary monitor, and have shifted to APM to get a deeper understanding of what our system is doing, and how the changes we are making impact the apps.

reviewer1493811 - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Architect - SaaS Ops at CommVault
Real User
Top 20
2021-01-21T08:05:00Z
21 January 21

We primarily use DataDog for performance and log monitoring of cloud environments, which include VMs and Azure Services like Azure compute, storage, network, firewall, and app services via event hubs. Alerting based on monitors via teams and PagerDuty. Logs collection for Azure services like Azure database, Azure Application Gateway, Azure AKS, and other Azure services. Custom metrics using a Python script to collect metrics for components not natively supported by Datadog. Synthetic testing to ensure uptime and browser tests via CI/CD pipeline.

reviewer1486134 - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure Engineer at DataCamp
Real User
2021-01-12T13:50:00Z
12 January 21

We use Datadog as a monitoring platform to achieve visibility into our container environments. Almost all of our workloads are containerized and with DataDog, we are able to get metrics, logs, alerts, and events about all the containers that we are running. Our developers also extensively use APM to find and diagnose performance issues that might appear. We use Terraform to automatically create all of the necessary monitors and dashboards that our developers need to make sure that our level of service is sufficient.

reviewer1480866 - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of DevOps at Digital Media Solutions Group
Real User
2020-12-31T20:21:00Z
31 December 20

We primarily use this product for availability and performance monitoring, log aggregation.

reviewer1479957 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of DevOps at Housecall Pro
Real User
2020-12-29T18:59:00Z
29 December 20

We primarily use Datadog for the monitoring of EC2 and ECS containers running mostly Rails applications that host a SaaS product. We also monitor ElasticSearch and RDS, and we are working on adding their Application Performance Monitoring solution to monitor our applications directly. We use DataDog to create dashboards, graphs, and alerts based on interesting metrics. DataDog is our first place to look to find the performance of our system. We also use their logging platform and it works well. Especially useful is that the logs and metrics are tightly integrated so you can jump between them easily.

reviewer1477686 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior DevOps Engineer at DigitalOnUs
Real User
Top 20
2020-12-22T19:31:00Z
22 December 20

Our primary use of Datadog includes: * Keeping a close look into our AWS resources. Monitoring our multiple RDS and ElastiCache instances play a big role in our indicators. * Kubernetes. We aren't using all of the available Kubernetes integrations but the few of them that work out of the box adds great value to our metrics. * Monitoring and alerting. We wired our most relevant monitoring and alerts to services like PagerDuty, and for the rest of them, we keep our engineers up to date with constant Slack updates.

reviewer1476039 - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Engineer / AWS Cloud Engineer / Network Management Specialist at CareFirst
Real User
Top 20
2020-12-20T15:30:00Z
20 December 20

We were in need of a cloud monitoring tool that was operationally focused on the AWS Platform. We wanted to be able to responsibly and effectively monitor, troubleshoot, and operate the AWS platform, including Server, Network, and key AWS Services. Tooling that highlighted and detected problems, anomalies, and provided best practice recommendations. Tooling that expedites root-cause analysis and performance troubleshooting. Datadog provided us the ability to monitor our cloud infrastructure (network, servers, storage), platform/middleware (database, web/applications servers, business process automation), and business applications across our cloud providers.

Abdulla Pathan - PeerSpot reviewer
Technology Competency and Solution Head at LearningMate
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-11-25T16:41:00Z
25 November 20

We use Datadog for application monitor, to help identify errors. It is also used to monitor application performance.

SH
Senior Cloud Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
2020-10-21T04:33:58Z
21 October 20

I'm a senior cloud security engineer and we are customers of Datadog.

Richard Chennault - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2020-09-06T08:04:00Z
06 September 20

We used Datadog to capture the salvatory of our AWS fleet of around 1,200 servers.

SB
Cloud Architect at a tech services company
Real User
2020-05-18T07:50:13Z
18 May 20

We are a solution provider and Datadog is one of the products that I was working on with one of my clients. They are currently evaluating it for use in cloud monitoring. Specifically, Datadog is used for monitoring cloud applications in terms of performance. The logs come into this solution from AWS and it provides dashboards for various environments.

DD
Senior Solutions Architect at CloudOps
MSP
2018-12-11T08:31:00Z
11 December 18

We are using the infrastructure and app monitoring side, such as process monitoring. We are using it in a very traditional way. We are not using the APM capabilities. When it comes to something like containers, we will generally use it on the host but not inside the container itself. We are using it with our customers and in-house day-to-day.

Brendan Buono - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Engineer at Lovepop
Real User
2018-12-11T08:31:00Z
11 December 18

The primary use case is application monitoring. We also use it set custom metrics and watch our AWS metrics, as well as data. At my current job, I have only use it a couple months. However, I used it for a few years at a previous company.

AS
DevOps Engineer at Spark New Zealand
Real User
2018-12-11T08:31:00Z
11 December 18

We use it for notifications, alerting, and capturing most of the information from Amazon, such as EC2 instances.

Enrique Yanez - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Engineer at Sony Corporation of America
Real User
2018-12-11T08:31:00Z
11 December 18

If our app is up and running, we use it to monitor how many credits the app is using up on each node. We also monitor services by how long each call is taking with the help of EC2s off of application.

DT
Director of Engineering at Lucidchart
Real User
2018-12-11T08:31:00Z
11 December 18

* Monitoring * Analytics * Tracing * APM

JC
System Ninja at a philanthropy with 51-200 employees
Real User
2018-12-11T08:30:00Z
11 December 18

We use it to monitor our infrastructure, particularly our different EC2 instances, and our containers. We also use it to capture our logs.

AA
Principal Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Real User
2018-12-11T08:30:00Z
11 December 18

We mainly use it to send metrics about CV and memory usage, in addition to the number of files descriptors on a socket.

YS
Software Developer at AhnLab, Inc.
Vendor
2018-12-09T08:34:00Z
09 December 18

We use it to store editorial content. We started out on the on-premise version, then moved to the AWS version.

MI
Site Reliability Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
2018-12-04T07:57:00Z
04 December 18

We use it for custom metrics of our applications and monitoring of our systems.

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Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
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Sep 01, 2022
Have you compared Datadog to the prices of other similar products?
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Dovid Gelber - PeerSpot reviewer
Tech blogger
01 September 22
I find that Datadog is a solution that offers me flexibility when I am trying to decide what plan I should choose. Once I have established what I need, I can select the payment plan that I want from the three basic options that they offer. These plans are the following: Free - This is the most basic of the three options. While it costs nothing to use, it also affords me the fewest capabilities. This only allows me to handle a maximum of five hosts at a time. Additionally, it only preserves logged metrics for one day before deleting them. It provides me with access to Datadog’s core collection and visualization features. Pro - The Pro option costs $15 per month per host and is billed annually. This plan enables me to centralize my monitoring of systems, services, and serverless functions. Datadog Pro is an option that offers many more features than the free plan. For example, it makes it possible for me to retain metric data for 15 months. Datadog Enterprise - At $23 monthly per host billed annually with a 100 host minimum, this is the most comprehensive option. This plan includes a variety of advanced features, such as an alert system that is powered by a machine learning engine. The pricing of this product is good on a theoretical level. If all I need is the most basic plan, then it is easy for me to control the cost to my company. However, the other two options require me to be very careful with how many resources I use. My ability to plan out my resource expenditure is what ultimately affects what I pay at the end of the year. All of this being said, the way that this solution is priced can be said to be much more reasonable than many other competing products. There are areas where, for the price that they charge for the more expensive plans, I feel Datadog could afford to improve. Areas of potential improvement include: Security - Some of the aspects of its security suite could use improvement. One example of this is an aspect of its monitoring capabilities. Its Windows and Linux security monitoring capabilities leave a lot to be desired. This is an area where the cost should warrant more effective monitoring of these two major platforms. Supporting documentation - It could provide documentation that breaks down various aspects of the product in a clearer way than it does currently. There is a presumption that we already know the service expertly. This makes it harder for us because instead of helping us with the basics, the documentation mainly discusses advanced use cases. Ease of use - Datadog is not always the most intuitive product to use. It can have a learning curve to it. When they are compared to a solution like Tenable Nessus, their usability appears to be less attractive. There is definitely room for growth as far as its usability is concerned. There are areas that I feel justify Datadog’s potentially high cost, though. These include: Integration - Datadog’s integrations are invaluable. They enable me to connect to a vast array of service providers that add to the capabilities that I have at my disposal. Single pane of glass - The solution’s dashboard gathers all of metrics and data I need in a centralized location. It also centralizes my solution controls so that I can exercise control from this one place instead of jumping to multiple different screens to perform critical operations. Visibility - Datadog enables me to gain a level of visibility that shows me all of the critical aspects of my cloud environment and operations. Everything that could aid or harm my business operations is placed so that I can easily view them and use them to make critical decisions.
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Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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Dovid Gelber - PeerSpot reviewer
Tech blogger
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Datadog is a cloud monitoring solution that is used by companies across a wide variety of professional fields. My organization and I cannot help but recommend it, as it is a tool that offers us many valuable benefits and an immense level of value. This solution empowers us to prevent digital threats from harming our organization’s network as well as to ensure that everything is running in the best possible way. We gain a wealth of features and capabilities that make it so much easier for our administrators, IT, and compliance to do their jobs. The richness of the features suite gives us everything that we need to keep our organization’s network totally secure. They enable us to maximize the way that we use our resources. Some of these benefits my organization sees from using Datadog include: Our ability to customize our network by connecting and integrating with hundreds of turn-key platforms. Datadog enables us to integrate our network with more than 500 different platforms. This flexibility provides us with the ability to customize our network monitoring capabilities so that our needs are met in the best way possible. High level of scalability. Datadog gives us the ability to add as many users as we wish to the log management portion of the solution. We can easily expand our log management team when necessary.. Flexible pricing plan. We can use this solution without tying ourselves down to an expensive commitment. Datadog allows us to pay by the month and control the costs that we incur. This keeps our costs down without compromising our security capabilities. Datadog also offers us a rich suite of features that we can employ, including: Customizable and prefabricated monitoring dashboards. Our administrators are supplied with two different types of dashboards that they can choose from when we are setting Datadog up. We can customize the dashboards to fit any specialized monitoring need that our organization might have. Additionally, we can choose to use prefabricated dashboards that come with the solution. Easy to use search and filtering capability. Datadog has an easy-to-use built-in filter and search tool. We can search for and find anything that we need without having to devote a significant amount of time learning how to use this tool. Vulnerability scanning tool. We can keep ahead of threats to networks by employing Datadog’s vulnerability scanning feature. This tool scans the entirety of our network and warns us if a vulnerability is detected. We can then move to patch these holes in our security before the threat to our network can escalate into something far worse. Collaboration tools. Datadog gives us access to collaboration tools that enable our various teams to be united in their efforts to safeguard our network. We can all work in tandem and ensure that our efforts do not interfere with what other teams are doing. Overall, I feel as though Datadog is a very solid product that has a great deal to offer. If I had to rate it out of ten, I would give it an eight or a nine.
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