Mute Datadog alerts for planned downtime

Mute Datadog alerts for planned downtime

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Published: March 6, 2015

We’re happy to announce the release of new muting features for Datadog monitors. Scoped monitor muting allows teams to eliminate unnecessary alerting during scheduled maintenance, testing, auto scaling events, and instance reboots. Your teams will therefore be able to filter out expected events and quickly pinpoint critical issues in your infrastructure.

Mute monitors by tag

Previously, monitor muting was binary: all-or-nothing. With this release, you can take advantage of Datadog tagging to mute specific scopes of a monitor on an ad hoc basis.

Planned downtime
Mute monitors by scope on the Manage Monitors page

Schedule global mute settings with monitor downtiming

In addition to muting individual monitors over specific scopes, you can also schedule global downtime during a specific time window to suppress all alerting related to a tag.

Planned downtime
Scope your planned downtime selection based on tags

For instance, if you had a planned maintenance window starting at 1am on Sunday, scheduling downtime would prevent a high volume of alerts as you bounce or redeploy the various services and instances in your environment. Plus, your team would be able to anticipate scheduled maintenance via Datadog’s event notifications and plan accordingly.

Planned downtime
Set planned Downtime periods to mute alerts across the infrastructure

Automatic monitor downtiming for expected instance shutdowns

Datadog also proactively mutes monitors in response to planned downtime in certain situations. For example, monitors related to the manual reboot or shutdown of AWS instances are automatically muted, based on host statuses available via the Cloudwatch API. Instance shutdowns that are triggered by AWS’s auto scaling feature are muted by Datadog as well.

Check out our API docs for more information on integrating this feature into your monitoring coverage. If you’re not currently a Datadog customer, you can sign up for a of Datadog and check out this feature for yourself. Your inbox and pager will thank you for it.


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