Datadog Monitoring for PCF

Complete Visibility from App to Infrastructure

Events, application traces and infrastructure metrics from Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) applications are all easily monitored within Datadog’s platform to help teams quickly understand and communicate about the performance of their stack. By connecting teams to every level of their PCF architecture, Datadog enables more effective development and management of PCF architectures.

Accelerate Your Development Pipeline

Catch problems earlier in the development process by seeing the impact of every code change on any aspect of the infrastructure within a single platform.

Ensure Uptime with Rapid Troubleshooting

Uncover performance issues with machine-learning-based alerting, and overlay events on top of infrastructure and application metrics to understand the context behind them.

Communicate Across DevOps and Business Stakeholders

Improve communication across teams with accessible, publicly shareable dashboards, in-app annotations, and integrations with popular chat and ticketing software like Slack and PagerDuty.

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Datadog Overview

Datadog is a monitoring service for hybrid cloud applications, assisting organizations in improving agility, increasing efficiency, and providing end-to-end visibility across the application and organization. These capabilities are provided on a SaaS-based data analytics platform that enables Dev, Ops and other teams to accelerate go-to-market efforts, ensure application uptime, and successfully complete digital transformation initiatives. Since launching in 2010, Datadog has been adopted by more than 6000 enterprises including companies like Asana, eBay, PagerDuty, Stripe, Samsung, Target, The Washington Post, and Zendesk.

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Integration Features

Option to consume app logs and metrics from the Loggregator firehose

Option to consume platform component metrics from the Loggregator firehose

Option to consume BOSH health metrics via bosh-addon

The nozzle is deployed as an app running on Pivotal Cloud Foundry

The nozzle is BOSH deployed adjacent to Pivotal Cloud Foundry

The nozzle is documented with instructions for setup and operation

The nozzle adds org, space, and app names to app logs and metrics

The nozzle caches org, space, and app names from metadata for performance

The nozzle consumes data from the Loggregator firehose and forwards it to other applications and services via an encrypted channel

The nozzle supports high availability against internal service failures to minimize event loss

The nozzle makes use of multiple availability zones in cloud deployments to minimize event loss

The BOSH add-on is documented with instructions for setup and operation

Available as a Linux-supported add-on

Automatically adds software to virtual machines managed by BOSH. Eliminates need for associated custom manifests.

"Datadog provides transparency into the PaaS engine room driving the applications. We enable Pivotal Cloud Foundry operators to see in real time when application or platform performance is degrading so they can take action before those problems affect customers."

Ilan Rabinovitch, VP of Product, Datadog

How it Works

There are multiple points of integration between Datadog and Pivotal Cloud Foundry:

  • Datadog Agent BOSH release
    The Datadog Agent can be installed on nodes to collect system-level information, and can be deployed with the Datadog Agent BOSH release. Once uploaded to the BOSH Director, the Director can then install the agent on every node as an addon. Once the agent is installed on a node, it will begin reporting system-level metrics (CPU, memory, disk, network, etc.) for that node to Datadog.
  • Datadog Firehose Nozzle
    The Datadog Firehose Nozzle is used to capture metrics, event data, and logs from the PCF Firehose. Datadog provides a BOSH release of the Datadog Firehose Nozzle. After uploading the release to a BOSH Director, the Nozzle can be added to an existing Cloud Foundry deployment that has a working Loggregator Firehose.
  • Datadog plugin for BOSH Health Monitor
    The Datadog plugin for the BOSH Health Monitor enables Datadog to access heartbeats (as metrics) and alerts (as events) from each node’s BOSH Agent. The plugin is already packaged with the BOSH Health Monitor, so setup is minimal. Just configure the .yml file that was originally used to deploy the director to enable Datadog (including your Datadog API key and your Datadog application key) and redeploy the director. From there, the BOSH Health Monitor will forward heartbeats and alerts to Datadog.
  • Datadog decorator buildpack for StatsD and APM
    The Datadog decorator buildback enables custom metrics and end-to-end tracing for applications running on PCF. The decorator buildpack will install a limited version of the Datadog agent in the containers used to run applications, including just DogStatsD (a StatsD handler) and the APM functionality of the standard Datadog agent. From here, the agent will begin collecting traces and custom metrics from applications which have been instrumented appropriately, and the agent will forward that data to Datadog.

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