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October 1–2, 2017: Training
October 2–4, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Monitoring containers: Follow the data

Ilan Rabinovitch (Datadog)
3:50pm4:30pm Tuesday, October 3, 2017
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Architects and operations engineers

What you'll learn

  • Understand how containers are being used and the current state of adoption
  • Learn how to best monitor the most popular applications being run in containers and how to plan and deploy monitoring for your own custom applications in containers


Datadog helps thousands of organizations monitor their infrastructure and applications. Drawing on the several hundred trillion data points Datadog has gathered from thousands of organizations, Ilan Rabinovitch shares the latest trends in container adoption and use, explores the types of applications organizations are running in containers, and explains how to best monitor these containerized applications. Along the way, Ilan outlines a framework for your metrics and demonstrates how to use it to find solutions to the issues that come up; he also covers the three types of monitoring data, what to collect, what should trigger an alert (avoiding an alert storm and pager fatigue), and how to follow the resources to find the root causes of problems.

Although the real-world container use data is derived from Datadog users, the focus of this session is not tool specific. You’ll leave with strategies and frameworks you can implement in your container-based environments today regardless of the platforms and tools you use.

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Ilan Rabinovitch


Ilan Rabinovitch is vice president of product and community at Datadog, where he spends his days diving into container monitoring metrics, collaborating with Datadog’s open source community, and evangelizing observability best practices. Previously, Ilan spent a number of years leading infrastructure and reliability engineering teams at organizations such as Ooyala and He’s active in the open source and DevOps communities, where he is a co-organizer of events such as SCALE and Texas Linux Fest as well as a number of devopsdays events.