Datadog Data Collection, Resolution, and Retention
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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 seconds1 second15 monthsInfrastructure
Agent integrationsDatadog Agent + enabled integrations15 seconds1 second15 monthsInfrastructure
Live ContainersDatadog Agent + enabled Docker integration or Datadog container Agent2 seconds1 second36 hoursInfrastructure
Live ProcessesDatadog Agent + Process Agent2 seconds1 second36 hoursInfrastructure
Custom Metrics (Agent check)Datadog Agent + custom Agent check15 seconds1 second15 monthsInfrastructure
Custom Metrics (StatsD)Datadog Agent (built-in statsD collector)15 seconds1 second15 monthsInfrastructure
Custom Metrics (API)POST directly to Datadog’s APIReal time1 second15 monthsInfrastructure
EventsDatadog Agent, integrations, or APIReal time1 second13 monthsInfrastructure
Traces (Sampled)Datadog Agent + tracing library10 seconds1 millisecond2 weeksAPM
Trace Metrics (Unsampled)Datadog Agent + tracing library10 seconds1 second15 monthsAPM
Services/Resources statistics & Span SummariesDatadog Agent + tracing library10 seconds10 seconds30 daysAPM
Analyzed Spans (Unsampled)Datadog Agent + tracing library10 seconds1 millisecondPlanAPM
ProfilesDatadog Agent + tracing library60 seconds60 seconds7 daysAPM
Profile MetricsDatadog Agent + tracing library60 seconds60 seconds1 monthAPM
LogsDatadog Agent + Logs, 3rd party log collectors, or APIReal time1 millisecondPlanLogs
API Test metricsDatadog Synthetic Monitoing applicationUser-defined1 min15 monthsSynthetic Monitoring
API Test resultsDatadog Synthetic Monitoring applicationUser-defined1 minResult seen in the UI by user: 15 months
Result not seen in the UI by user: 2 months
Synthetic Monitoring
Browser Test metricsDatadog Synthetic Monitoring applicationUser-defined5 min15 monthsSynthetic Monitoring
Browser Test resultsDatadog Synthetic Monitoring applicationUser-defined5 minResult seen in the UI by user: 15 months
Result not seen in the UI by user: 2 months
Synthetic Monitoring
AlibabaAPI crawler10 min (default)1 min15 monthsCloud
AWSAPI crawler10 min (default)1 min15 monthsCloud
AzureAPI crawler5 min (default)1 min15 monthsCloud
Google CloudAPI crawler5 min (default)1 min15 monthsCloud
Network Performance MonitoringSystem Probe5 minutes (default)1 min7 daysInfrastructure
Real User MonitoringRUM SDKReal time1 millisecond15 daysReal User Monitoring
Service Level ObjectivesDatadog Monitors, Datadog Synthetic Monitoring, or Metrics (Infrastructure, APM Trace, Custom)Data source-dependentData source-dependent7, 30, or 90 days (chosen by user in SLO configuration)Alerting

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