Datadog

Published on October 18th, 2021

Introduction

With this plugin, you can embed Datadog graphs and dashboards into Roadie 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.

Add a Datadog card to the overview tab of the Entity Page

Click the cog icon on the top right of a component page. Then click add card.

edit_layout.png add_card.png

Select the datadog graph card from the drop down and Click add. Press save to submit.

select_datadog.png

Specify datadog domain

The Datadog Backstage plugin uses datadoghq.eu as the default top-level domain. If you would like to use a different Datadog domain, you must specify it with a corresponding annotation on your catalog-info.yaml file.

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.