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Event alerts: another way to trigger notifications

Event alerts: another way to trigger notifications

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Published: October 13, 2015

Datadog alerts are commonly used to identify dips, spikes, or unhealthy trends in your metrics—for example to detect memory rapidly running out, or a dramatic drop in requested work. Alerts are built to automatically notify the right people via the communication tools your teams use, such as PagerDuty or Slack.

But what if you want to be alerted when a specific event occurs?

  • A deploy failed
  • A job did not run correctly
  • Batch data processing did not successfully complete within a certain time
  • A 3rd party service announces an outage
  • A new security group was created
  • A customer converted

With Datadog’s new event-based alerts, you can trigger alerts on these types of events and more, exactly like you would on metrics or service checks.

This new feature works with any integration which sends events to Datadog. The screenshot below shows Datadog alerting on an unexpected crawler failure:

Crawlers event alerts

Flexible and precise event detection

You want to be alerted only for events that really matter to you and your teams. So we spent several months beta testing with dozens of Datadog customers to ensure that event alert definitions are flexible, precise, and easy to understand. You can combine the following filters to select very specific events to alert on:

  • String matching: search for any substring in your events’ title, message, comments, users, and so on
  • Status: error, warning, info, or success
  • Priority of the event: normal, or low
  • Source: hosts, applications, custom events
  • Tags: include or exclude specific integrations, hosts, or other scopes

Then you can customize the conditions that will trigger the event alerts:

  • Aggregations let you alert, for instance, if more than 10 errors have been reported within the last two hours
  • Absence lets you notify when, for example, an event that appears when a critical job runs successfully hasn’t been reported in more than 30 minutes

All the power of Datadog alerts

All Datadog alerting features now work with events too. Below is an example of how to use event-based alerts to know if Chef fails too frequently:

Chef fails event alerts

You can see a histogram and a stream with all the matching events over the selected time window. Here are the conditions used to define this event alert:

Event alerts creation

Already a Datadog customer? You can now set up event-based alerts on any of your integrations, or on your own events. Otherwise, try it out yourself by signing up for a of Datadog.


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