The move to more complex and distributed applications has done wonders for organizational agility and the ability to innovate, but it has also had some flow-on effects for those poor people responsible for managing application uptime on a day to day basis.
Lots of disparate application components means lots of new potential sources of error, and people who carry a pager to be alerted of any issues suffer an increasing number of ill-timed calls.
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A new offering from application monitoring vendor Datadog seeks to change this paradigm by offering a far more flexible alerting approach. Datadog’s new composite alert feature is intended to reduce alert noise for DevOps and operations teams. The idea being that these practitioners will have less call to spend time on insignificant alerts and will be alerted of orly major issues. In a kind of “boy who cried wolf” metaphor, this should result in better response to issues that matter.