Error Budget Monitors
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Error Budget Monitors

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SLO error budget monitors are threshold based and notify you when a certain percentage of your SLO’s error budget has been consumed. For example, alert me if 75% of the error budget for my 7-day target is consumed. Warn me if 50% is consumed (optional).

Note: Error budget monitors are only available for metric-based SLOs.

Monitor creation

  1. Navigate to the SLO status page.
  2. Create a new metric-based SLO or edit an existing one, then click the ‘Save and Set Alert’ button. For existing SLOs, you can also click the “Enable Alerts” link in the SLO detail side panel to take you directly to the alert configuration.
  3. Set an alert to trigger when the percentage of the error budget consumed is above the threshold over the past target number of days.
  4. Add Notification information into the Say what’s happening and Notify your team sections.
  5. Click the ‘Save and Set Alert’ button on the SLO configuration page.

Note: Clicking the New Condition button adds an optional warning condition. The warning threshold must be less than the alert threshold.

API and Terraform

You can create SLO error budget monitors using the create-monitor API endpoint. Below is an example query for an SLO monitor, which alerts when more than 75% of the error budget of an SLO is consumed:

error_budget("slo_id").over("time_window") > 75

In addition, SLO error budget monitors can also be created using the datadog_monitor resource in Terraform. Below is an example .tf for configuring an error budget monitor for a metric-based SLO using the same example query as above.

Note: SLO error budget monitors are only supported in Terraform provider v2.7.0 or earlier and in provider v2.13.0 or later. Versions between v2.7.0 and v2.13.0 are not supported.

resource "datadog_monitor" "metric-based-slo" {
    name = "SLO Error Budget Alert Example"
    type  = "slo alert"
    query = <<EOT
    error_budget("slo_id").over("time_window") > 75 

    message = "Example monitor message"
    thresholds = {
      critical = 75
    tags = ["foo:bar", "baz"]

Replace slo_id with the alphanumeric ID of the metric-based SLO you wish to configure an error budget monitor on and replace time_window with one of 7d, 30d or 90d- depending on which target is used to configure your metric-based SLO.

Beta restrictions

  • Alerting is available for only metric-based SLOs.
  • The alert status of an SLO monitor is available in the Alerts tab in the SLO’s detail panel.
  • You can only set one alert per SLO (target + time window) in the UI, but you can set multiple alerts per SLO using the API or Terraform.