New Microsoft Partnership Embeds Datadog Natively in the Azure Portal | Datadog

New Microsoft partnership embeds Datadog natively in the Azure portal

Author Steve Harrington

Published: September 29, 2020

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Microsoft Azure, which has enabled us to build streamlined experiences for purchasing, configuring, and managing Datadog directly inside the Azure portal. This first-of-its-kind integration of a third-party service into a public cloud provider reduces the learning curve for using Datadog to monitor the health and performance of your applications in Azure—and sets you up for a successful cloud migration or modernization. From the Azure portal, you can now:

  • Purchase a Datadog plan and consolidate billing through the Azure Marketplace
  • Configure single sign-on when you create a new Datadog account
  • Easily install the Datadog Agent on multiple Azure hosts at once
  • Start sending Azure platform logs and metrics to Datadog
  • View and manage which Azure resources are monitored by Datadog

A simplified onboarding experience

Our new partnership with Microsoft Azure allows you to go from shopping for a Datadog plan in the Azure Marketplace to visualizing real-time Azure metrics in your Datadog account in minutes.

Get immediate insights into your Azure environment from the moment you start using Datadog.
Get immediate insights into your Azure environment from the moment you start using Datadog.

Once you’ve purchased a Datadog plan through the Azure Marketplace, you’ll immediately start receiving standard Azure Monitor metrics (plus a number of unique Datadog-generated Azure metrics) in your new Datadog account. The log-forwarding process has also been completely automated; rather than building out a log-forwarding pipeline with Diagnostic Settings, Event Hubs, and Functions, you can configure everything with just a few clicks. You can also use tag-based filters to limit which hosts Datadog will collect metrics for, as well as which resources will send their Azure platform logs to Datadog, as shown in the screenshot below.

Optionally limit metric and log collection using tag-based filters, or just send everything.
Optionally limit metric and log collection using tag-based filters, or just send everything.

To further simplify the setup process, you can enable single sign-on with Azure Active Directory (AAD) during Datadog account creation. Just specify a Datadog Azure Active Directory App (creating one is easy with the new Datadog Enterprise Gallery app), and you’re all set.

Manage the Datadog integration from within the Azure portal

After you’ve finished setting up your account, you can manage the integration between Azure and Datadog with the help of a native Datadog resource blade. The resource blade provides a number of tools to help you track, configure, and deploy Datadog inside your Azure environment. At a glance, you can verify which resources are sending standard Azure metrics and logs—and make changes as needed.

See which resources are sending metrics and logs to Datadog.
See which resources are sending metrics and logs to Datadog.

The resource blade also offers a new way to install the Datadog Agent on one, many, or all of your Azure VMs at once. Just set the Datadog API key you want to use, select the desired Azure VMs, and click “Install”. This same blade includes a detailed Agent summary with live updates from Datadog, so you can quickly view which Azure VMs have the Agent, which version is installed, which integrations are configured, and which installation method was used. This information provides a useful sanity check—even if you’re managing the Datadog Agent with other tools such as Chef, Puppet, or Ansible, or if you’re in the process of migrating from one orchestration tool to another.

Get a quick overview of the Datadog Agents running on your Azure VMs, and install/uninstall on desired hosts through the Azure portal UI.
Get a quick overview of the Datadog Agents running on your Azure VMs, and install/uninstall on desired hosts through the Azure portal UI.

The new Datadog App Services Extension can also be added, managed, and deployed to your Azure Web Apps through the Datadog resource blade. This is our simplest APM setup process to date, as it allows you to visualize distributed traces from your applications with no manual configuration at all.

Consolidate Datadog and Azure costs in a single invoice

Datadog’s new listing in the Azure Marketplace simplifies the purchasing and invoicing processes for new Datadog customers. When you purchase and create a new Datadog account through the Azure Marketplace, all of your Datadog usage will appear directly on your Azure invoice.

This consolidated approach to billing eliminates the need for a separate invoice from Datadog and allows your Datadog usage to count towards any committed spend with Azure. This can help streamline the internal approval process at your company, since increasing an existing Azure budget (or allocating unused funds from a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement) is often simpler than seeking approval for a new third-party tool.

Public Preview now open

The new collaboration between Datadog and Azure–which we kicked off during Microsoft Ignite—makes it easier than ever to leverage Datadog’s powerful observability, compliance, and security capabilities for a successful cloud journey in Azure. This new experience will be available through the Azure portal in October 2020. To request access to the Public Preview, please register here.