What do you like best?
At first, Datadog may seem like a complex product, but you can get use to it with practice. When you get to know it enough, it will provide you full control of your system. Their RabbitMQ support is excellent, as it offers good insight into queues. The APIs allow you to interact with the data quickly and effectively and it's definitely this API functionality what makes Datadog one of the best monitoring tools on the market.
What do you dislike?
I think Datadog could improve in some aspects, such as its logging capabilities, that seem weak compared with other similar solutions, like Splunk. This should be simplified, as it’s one of the more frequent processes in Datadog. Also, I wish Datadog could be as dynamic as other monitoring tools, such as Icinga and Prometheus.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
Datadog is an amazing tool for monitoring systems. If that's what you're looking for in your business, Datadog is definitely for you and it will provide you with the best service for a monitoring solution. Also, price is very good, considering how much it offers and prices of the competition.
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Datadog is used in the IT Department, specifically in the DevOps sector, to monitor our machines performance in general and to create dashboards to analyze our system in real-time in case of debug issues. Datadog allows you to easily slice and dice stats on a good-looking dashboard, and we can gather out information from Datadog and use it to monitor our services respectively. Datadog has definitely saved the integrity of our machines and servers.