Be prepared

Plan B for Cloud-native Observability

Disaster Recovery. Cost Reduction. Compliance.

Datadog

Introduction

Numerous companies worldwide use SaaS-based observability platforms like Datadog, Dynatrace, and others. While SaaS-based observability offers many benefits, it also has challenges.

The recent March 2023 Datadog outage highlighted the risk of lacking a backup plan and the broader issue with SaaS-based observability platforms. Businesses should also consider data ownership, high subscription costs, and compliance audit readiness.

To address these concerns, a complementary technology should be employed, enabling companies to maximize Datadog’s advantages while lowering its risks.

SaaS-based Observability Challenges

The recent Datadog outage highlights the need for observability redundancy to ensure continuous service, prevent single points of failure, and avoid leaving customers in the dark during downtime.

There is no Plan B

No data ownership

Using third-party SaaS platforms like Datadog risks data ownership, raising concerns about privacy, risk, compliance, and security. Organizations should assess risks and implement safeguards to protect data assets.
Datadog and Dynatrace’s pricing can be costly for some. When evaluating monitoring needs, consider cost-benefit ratios to ensure expenses align with budgets and deliver desired value.

Expensive licensing

Compliance complexity

Long-term data storage for compliance can be costly, especially when quick retrieval for audits is required. Actively indexed data or rehydration processes expenses should be carefully considered.

There is no Plan B

The recent Datadog outage highlights the need for observability redundancy to ensure continuous service, prevent single points of failure, and avoid leaving customers in the dark during downtime.

No data ownership

Using third-party SaaS platforms like Datadog risks data ownership, raising concerns about privacy, risk, compliance, and security. Organizations should assess risks and implement safeguards to protect data assets.

Expensive licensing

Datadog and Dynatrace’s pricing can be costly for some. When evaluating monitoring needs, consider cost-benefit ratios to ensure expenses align with budgets and deliver desired value.

Compliance complexity

Long-term data storage for compliance can be costly, especially when quick retrieval for audits is required. Actively indexed data or rehydration processes expenses should be carefully considered.

Apica Fills The Gaps

Serves as a highly effective Plan B
  • Mitigate risks of relying solely on a SaaS-based observability platform with a backup plan like Apica.
  • Store first-mile data locally before forwarding it to a preferred SaaS platform.
  • Offer in-line architecture for double monitoring, providing redundancy during system failures, ensuring critical data remains visible and actionable.
  • Safely capture, forward, and analyze logs, metrics, and traces, reducing dependency on a single vendor for observability.
Cuts down observability costs
  • Studies show that only 5% of observability data is actionable.
  • Use Apica’s first-mile data collection pipeline to send just this 5% to Datadog, potentially saving 95% of logging costs.
  • Handle non-critical workloads with Apica, cutting 50% of Datadog’s APM costs while reserving it for mission and business-critical applications and infrastructure, effectively reducing overall expenses.
Ensures your data remains yours
  • Promote data ownership by storing it within your data center or cloud object storage account.
  • Use open Apache Parquet format to ensure accessibility and prevent data from becoming proprietary.
  • Offer flexible and resilient architecture for peace of mind, full control over data, seamless observability, reduced vendor lock-in, and adaptability to evolving business requirements, all while protecting critical information.
Provides effective compliance
  • Utilize Apica’s patented technology for cost-effective active storage of all data by indexing it on object storage.
  • Eliminate archival and rehydration concepts, increasing efficiency and productivity during compliance audits.
  • Prevent confidential or sensitive information from being stored at rest in the Datadog cloud by using Apica’s pipeline platform, ensuring better data security and streamlined compliance processes.

How It Works