Backstage Datadog plugin

See your servers, your clouds, your metrics all in one place

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Installation steps

With this plugin, you can embed Datadog graphs and dashboards into your instance of Backstage. Datadog is a monitoring service for cloud-scale applications, providing monitoring of servers, databases, tools, and services through a SaaS-based data analytics platform.

Install the Datadog plugin into Backstage.

cd packages/app
yarn add @roadiehq/backstage-plugin-datadog

Add Datadog widget to your Overview tab.

// packages/app/src/plugins.ts
const overviewContent = (
// ...
  <Grid container spacing={3} alignItems="stretch">
    <EntitySwitch>
      <EntitySwitch.Case if={isDatadogGraphAvailable}>
        <Grid item>
          <EntityDatadogGraphCard/>
        </Grid>
      </EntitySwitch.Case>
    </EntitySwitch>
  </Grid>
);

Add a Datadog card to the overview tab of the EntityPage.tsx source file

// packages/app/src/components/catalog/EntityPage.tsx
import {
 EntityDatadogContent,
 EntityDatadogGraphCard,
 isDatadogGraphAvailable
} from '@roadiehq/backstage-plugin-datadog';

const serviceEntityPage = (
 // ...
  <EntityPageLayout>
    <EntityLayout.Route path="/datadog" title="Datadog">
      <EntityDatadogContent />
    </EntityLayout.Route>
  </EntityPageLayout>
 )

Found a mistake? Update these instructions.

How it looks

A screenshot of the Datadog plugin.

Things to know

Specify datadog domain

Datadog embedded graph is using datadoghq.eu as default top-level domain, when other is not specified. If you are using other domain, you must specify it with corresponding annotations datadoghq.com/site.

Adding the annotations and the values from Datadog to your component’s metadata file.

apiVersion: backstage.io/v1alpha1
kind: Component
metadata:
  name: sample-service
  description: |
    A sample service
  annotations:
    datadoghq.com/site: datadoghq.com

How to embed a datadog dashboard in Backstage

Obtain the dashboard URL from Datadog that you will need for your metadata.

  • Login to your Datadog account.

Get the dashboard URL.

  • Navigate to the dashboards list by hovering over dashboards on the page’s left-hand side and selecting the dashboard list.

  • Select a dashboard from this list.

  • Within the dashboard you have chosen, click the settings cog on the screen’s right-hand side, circled in red.

dashboard

  • Copy the URL from the Sharing textbox.

  • This URL is the value you need for the datadoghq.com/dashboard-url annotation.

dashboard share

Adding the annotations and the values from Datadog to your component’s metadata file.

apiVersion: backstage.io/v1alpha1
kind: Component
metadata:
  name: sample-service
  description: |
    A sample service
  annotations:
    datadoghq.com/dashboard-url: <<DATADOGURL>>

How to embed a datadog graph in Backstage

  • Login to your Datadog account.

Get the graph token.

  • Click on the graph pencil, circled in red, from your dashboard.

dashboard

  • Click on the Share tab, choose a timeframe, graph size and legend. Click generate the embedded code.

  • Copy the token value that is highlighted in the red square.

  • this token is the value you need for the datadoghq.com/graph-token annotation

dashboard

Customize graph size.

In order to customize size of the graph you may specify datadoghq.com/graph-size annotations and specify one of the following options:

  • ‘small’

  • ‘medium’

  • ‘large’

  • ‘x-large’;

If not specified, your graph will be ‘medium’ size per default.

Adding the annotations and the values from Datadog to your component’s metadata file.

apiVersion: backstage.io/v1alpha1
kind: Component
metadata:
  name: sample-service
  description: |
    A sample service
  annotations:
    datadoghq.com/graph-token: <<TOKEN>

Security

Sharing Datadog dashboards and graphs makes them public on the internet and accessible by anyone with the URL.

Make sure you do not share these URLs with untrusted actors.

Repository migration notice (June/July 2021)

In order to make testing and deployment of our plugins easier we are migrating all Roadie plugins to a monorepo at https://github.com/RoadieHQ/backstage-roadie-plugins.

The plugins will still be published to the same place on NPM and will have the same package names so nothing should change for consumers of these plugins.

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