Datadog tightens leash on universal service monitoring

Datadog tightens leash on universal service monitoring

Datadog is a monitoring and security platform for cloud applications. Its SaaS platform integrates and automates infrastructure monitoring, application performance monitoring and log management.

The sum result is described as a unified, real-time observability platform capable of spanning a customers’ entire technology stack.

News the end of 2022 period has seen the company announce the general availability of Universal Service Monitoring, a technology which automatically detects all microservices across an organization’s environment and provides visibility into their health and dependencies.

All of that, without any code changes to a live deployed IT stack, says Datadog.

What is an application service?

Services are independent units of code that perform specific business functions and are accessible through an API. Visibility into these services is essential for organizations to monitor and assess the overall health of the applications that depend on them. 

However, if these services cannot be instrumented, either because their source code is unavailable, they are built by third parties or they are developed using unsupported programming languages, it can create blind spots that limit teams’ ability to monitor these services and react if something goes wrong.

“Teams today have gaps in the end-to-end visibility of their applications that include services that cannot be instrumented, making the health, availability and dependencies of these uninstrumented services difficult to monitor,” said Yrieix Garnier, VP of Product at Datadog. “Universal Service Monitoring uses eBPF technology to solve this problem and reduce the mean-time-to-detection of issues. It complements Datadog’s existing infrastructure and application monitoring capabilities to provide golden signals of services for a comprehensive view of an organization’s technology stack health.”

Language agnostic

Universal Service Monitoring provides complete visibility into first- and third-party services and their dependencies, regardless of programming language they use. 

The product complements Datadog’s foundational Infrastructure Monitoring and Application Performance Monitoring capabilities and seamlessly integrates with Service Catalog, so that teams can view the health of their entire technology stack alongside ownership and other critical information about their services.

Universal Service Monitoring helps IT teams to discover and map services so that they can Automatically discover first- and third-party services to reduce mean-time-to-detection through out-of-the-box dependency mapping.

This technology also works to monitor service health – so that development teams can get visibility into the health of every service and deployment through real-time request rate, error and duration (RED) metrics and correlated infrastructure metrics and application logs.