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Datadog Data Collection, Resolution, and Retention

Find below a summary of Datadog data collection, resolution, and retention:

SourceCollection MethodsCollection intervalMinimum ResolutionDefault RetentionProduct Category
System metricsDatadog Agent15 secs1 s15 monthsInfrastructure
Agent integrationsDatadog Agent + enabled integrations15 secs1 s15 monthsInfrastructure
Live ContainersDatadog Agent + enabled Docker integration or Datadog container Agent2 secs1 s36 hoursInfrastructure
Live ProcessesDatadog Agent + Process Agent2 secs1 s36 hoursInfrastructure
Custom Metrics (Agent check)Datadog Agent + custom Agent check15 secs1 s15 monthsInfrastructure
Custom Metrics (StatsD)Datadog Agent (built-in statsD collector)15 secs1 s15 monthsInfrastructure
Custom Metrics (API)POST directly to Datadog’s APIReal time1 s15 monthsInfrastructure
EventsDatadog Agent, integrations, or APIReal time1 s15 monthsInfrastructure
Traces (Sampled)Datadog Agent + tracing libraryReal time1 micro secSee traces retention documentationAPM
Trace Metrics (Unsampled)Datadog Agent + tracing libraryReal time1 micro sec15 monthsAPM
APM Events (Unsampled)Datadog Agent + tracing library + enabled logsReal time1 micro sec2 WeeksAPM + Logs
LogsDatadog Agent + Logs, 3rd party log collectors, or APIReal time1 micro secPlanLogs
API Test metricsDatadog Synthetics applicationUser-defined1 min15 monthsSynthetics
API Test resultsDatadog Synthetics applicationUser-defined1 minResult seen in the UI by user: 15 months
Failed result not seen in the UI by user: 1 month
Successful result not seen in the UI by user: 15 days
Synthetics
Browser Test metricsDatadog Synthetics applicationUser-defined5 min15 monthsSynthetics
Browser Test resultsDatadog Synthetics applicationUser-defined5 minResult seen in the UI by user: 15 months
Failed result not seen in the UI by user: 1 month
Successful result not seen in the UI by user: 15 days
Synthetics
AWSAPI crawler10 min (default)1 min15 monthsCloud
AzureAPI crawler5 min (default)1 min15 monthsCloud
Google CloudAPI crawler5 min (default)1 min15 monthsCloud
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