Estimated Usage Metrics

Estimated Usage Metrics


Datadog calculates your current estimated usage in near real-time. Estimated usage metrics enable you to:

  • Graph your estimated usage
  • Create monitors around your estimated usage based on thresholds of your choosing
  • Get instant alerts of spikes or drops in your usage
  • Assess the potential impact of code changes on your usage in near real-time

Note: These usage metrics are estimates that won’t always match up to billable usage given their real-time nature. There is a 10-20% difference between estimated usage and billable usage on average. Due to the nature of the estimations, the margin of error is larger for small usage.

Types of usage

Estimated usage metrics are generally available for the following usage types:

Usage TypeMetric
Infrastructure Hostsdatadog.estimated_usage.hosts
Custom Metricsdatadog.estimated_usage.metrics.custom
Logs Ingested Bytesdatadog.estimated_usage.logs.ingested_bytes
Logs Ingested Eventsdatadog.estimated_usage.logs.ingested_events
APM Hostsdatadog.estimated_usage.apm_hosts
APM Indexed Spansdatadog.estimated_usage.apm.indexed_spans
APM Ingested Bytesdatadog.estimated_usage.apm.ingested_bytes
APM Ingested Spansdatadog.estimated_usage.apm.ingested_spans
Serverless Lambda Functionsdatadog.estimated_usage.serverless.aws_lambda_functions
API test runsdatadog.estimated_usage.synthetics.api_test_runs
Browser test runsdatadog.estimated_usage.synthetics.browser_test_runs

Log-based usage metrics must be manually enabled from the Generate Metrics page.

Multi-Org usage

For accounts with multiple organizations, you can roll up estimated usage from child organizations using the from field to monitor usage across your entire account.


For technical questions, contact Datadog support.

For billing questions, contact your Customer Success Manager.