Getting Started with Synthetic Monitoring

Getting Started with Synthetic Monitoring

Overview

Synthetic tests allow you to observe how your systems and applications are performing using simulated requests and actions from around the globe. Datadog tracks the performance of your webpages and APIs from the backend to the frontend, and at various network levels (HTTP, TCP, SSL, DNS, and ICMP) in a controlled and stable way, alerting you in case of faulty behavior (such as regression, broken feature, high response time, or unexpected status code).

There are three ways to monitor your applications:

Run all tests from managed locations or from private locations to monitor internal-facing applications. Synthetic tests can be triggered manually, on a schedule, or directly from your CI/CD pipelines.

To set up your first Synthetic test with Datadog, follow the sections below.

Prerequisites

If you haven’t already, create a Datadog account.

Configure your first test

Further Reading