July 30, 2015

Posted in: Datadog

Monitor API Performance with Runscope and Datadog


By John Sheehan, Co-founder and CEO of Runscope, which provides API performance monitoring and testing tools. Like many companies today, we at Runscope rely on a microservices architecture with 60+ APIs and small services running through our infrastructure. As backend systems increasingly rely on APIs, monitoring those services to know not just when problems occur, […]

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July 28, 2015

Posted in: Alerting, Engineering, Metrics

How to monitor Varnish


When running well, Varnish Cache can speed up information delivery by a factor of several hundred. However, if Varnish is not tuned and working properly, it can slow down or even halt responses from your website. The best way to ensure the proper operation and performance of Varnish is by monitoring its key performance metrics in the following areas [...]

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July 28, 2015

Posted in: Engineering, Metrics

How to collect Varnish metrics


Varnish Cache ships with more monitoring and logging tools than most other reverse proxies. As detailed in the first post of this series, for monitoring purposes, the most useful of the several available tools is varnishstat which gives you a detailed snapshot of Varnish’s current performance. It provides access to in-memory statistics such as cache hits and misses, resource consumption, threads created, and more. [...]

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July 28, 2015

Posted in: Alerting, Datadog, Engineering, Metrics

Monitor Varnish using Datadog


In order to implement ongoing, meaningful monitoring, you will need a dedicated system that allows you to store all relevant Varnish metrics, visualize them, and correlate them with the rest of your infrastructure. You also need to be alerted when anomalies occur. In this post, we’ll show you how to start monitoring Varnish with Datadog. [...]

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July 27, 2015

Posted in: Datadog, Graphing, Metrics

Are your metrics better or worse than before?


Often you want to visualize your metrics in rich detail, but sometimes trends are more telling. For example, in the graph below we show the last two days of server-side web errors broken down by availability zone. You probably can’t easily tell whether there were significantly more errors in the past four hours than there were […]

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July 21, 2015

Posted in: Alerting, Metrics, New Feature

New monitor status page: From alert to investigation in one click


When you’re alerted to a problem in your infrastructure, the last thing you want to do is waste time wondering what to do next. That’s why we have just launched a new feature that lets you quickly get the lay of the land so you can take action. Our new monitor status page brings together a wealth […]

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July 20, 2015

Posted in: Metrics

Spot hog-processes at a glance

Process Check

You probably know that you can monitor your aggregate host-level resource consumption with Datadog: CPU, memory, I/O, etc., but did you know that you can also monitor the resources used by each of your processes? Our Process Check feature has been designed to show you which processes (or group of processes) are hogging resources [...]

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July 16, 2015

Posted in: Alerting, Metrics

Monitoring 101: Investigating performance issues

Monitoring 101: Investigating performance issues

Once your monitoring system has notified you of a real symptom that requires attention, its next job is to help you diagnose the root cause. Often this is the least structured aspect of monitoring, driven largely by hunches and guess-and-check. This post describes a more directed approach [...]

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July 15, 2015

Posted in: Community, Engineering, New Feature

Introducing developer mode for the Agent

Datadog Agent developer mode

The Datadog Agent is deployed on a lot of machines, so its performance is very important. As you would imagine, we carefully profile the Agent’s code for efficiency and speed before each release. Because the Agent is open source, it benefits from contributions made by developers all over the world, which is great. What’s not as great […]

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July 9, 2015

Posted in: Datadog, Integration

Track your PHP-FPM performance with Datadog


We’re pleased to announce Datadog’s integration with PHP-FPM. PHP-FPM (FastCGI Process Manager) serves as a proxy for your PHP backend, balancing the requests sent to PHP. It’s a popular tool used with web servers like Apache and NGINX. FPM is included as part of the standard PHP package. Datadog’s PHP-FPM integration comes with a built-in […]

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