by Datadog

2021 Workshops

Dash is a conference presented by Datadog about building and scaling the next generation of applications, infrastructure, and technical teams. Workshops are 2.5-hour or 75-minute long technical sessions that can be added to your free registration for an additional cost of $50 (75m) or $75 (2.5h)*. All proceeds will be donated to PowerToFly, BreakLine, and FlockJay.

* A small number of workshops are available at no cost. See workshop description for details.

WEEK 1
(OCTOBER 18-22)
WEEK 2
(OCTOBER 25-29)
WEEK 3
(NOVEMBER 1-5)

Datadog 101: Site Reliability Engineer (AM EDT)

Datadog’s core suite of tools are tailored for SREs. Together, they provide a single pane of glass that will give you a bird’s eye view of your entire infrastructure, with the ability to zoom in on individual processes.

In this workshop, you will add the Datadog Agent to a containerized web application and use essential Datadog tools including:

  • Integrations
  • Logs
  • Monitors and Alerts
  • Application Performance Monitoring (APM)
  • Network Performance Monitoring (NPM)
  • Dashboards

By the end of this workshop you will be able to use Datadog tools to analyze the past, observe the present, and optimize the future of your application infrastructure.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

October 22 | 9:00 AM EDT / 15:00 CEST

Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Requirements: None

Datadog 101: Site Reliability Engineer (CEST workshops)

Datadog’s core suite of tools are tailored for SREs. Together, they provide a single pane of glass that will give you a bird’s eye view of your entire infrastructure, with the ability to zoom in on individual processes.

In this workshop, you will add the Datadog Agent to a containerized web application and use essential Datadog tools including:

  • Integrations
  • Logs
  • Monitors and Alerts
  • Application Performance Monitoring (APM)
  • Network Performance Monitoring (NPM)
  • Dashboards

By the end of this workshop you will be able to use Datadog tools to analyze the past, observe the present, and optimize the future of your application infrastructure.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

October 20 | 6:00 AM EDT / 12:00 CEST

Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Requirements: None

Datadog 101: Site Reliability Engineer (PM EDT)

Datadog’s core suite of tools are tailored for SREs. Together, they provide a single pane of glass that will give you a bird’s eye view of your entire infrastructure, with the ability to zoom in on individual processes.

In this workshop, you will add the Datadog Agent to a containerized web application and use essential Datadog tools including:

  • Integrations
  • Logs
  • Monitors and Alerts
  • Application Performance Monitoring (APM)
  • Network Performance Monitoring (NPM)
  • Dashboards

By the end of this workshop you will be able to use Datadog tools to analyze the past, observe the present, and optimize the future of your application infrastructure.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

October 19 | 1:00 PM EDT / 19:00 CEST

October 21 | 5:30 PM EDT / 23:30 CEST

Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Requirements: None

Datadog 101: Developer (AM EDT)

Application developers get enormous value out of Datadog, but in significantly different ways than DevOps engineers or SREs.

You’ll begin this workshop by installing the Datadog Agent in a containerized web application. You’ll then create Synthetic Tests to monitor critical frontend services with simulated customer interactions. And as the name implies, Real User Monitoring (RUM) will help you measure and improve the quality of your users’ experience.

Along the way you will see how Datadog’s core tools such as Logs, APM, Dashboards, Monitors, and Alerts can help you stay ahead of application issues before they cause problems for your users.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

October 20 | 11:00 AM EDT / 17:00 CEST

October 21 | 6:00 AM EDT / 12:00 CEST

Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Requirements: None

Datadog 101: Developer (PM EDT)

Application developers get enormous value out of Datadog, but in significantly different ways than DevOps engineers or SREs.

You’ll begin this workshop by installing the Datadog Agent in a containerized web application. You’ll then create Synthetic Tests to monitor critical frontend services with simulated customer interactions. And as the name implies, Real User Monitoring (RUM) will help you measure and improve the quality of your users’ experience.

Along the way you will see how Datadog’s core tools such as Logs, APM, Dashboards, Monitors, and Alerts can help you stay ahead of application issues before they cause problems for your users.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

October 19 | 5:30 PM EDT / 23:30 CEST

October 22 | 1:00 PM EDT / 19:00 CEST

Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Requirements: None

Datadog 201: Become a Power User

Now that you’ve established your baseline observability, what’s next? In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn a variety of techniques for composing an executive dashboard. This high-level dashboard will display a mix of preset and custom widgets. It will include custom revenue metrics from logs and a UX SLO from a synthetic browser test.

You will then create a special-purpose notebook for troubleshooting business critical UX issues. This runbook will use graphs, text, and drill down links to guide colleagues through diagnosing and resolving application issues.

Along the way, you’ll learn techniques and shortcuts that will increase your productivity in everyday Datadog tasks.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

October 20 | 3:00 PM EDT / 21:00 CEST

October 22 | 10:00 AM EDT / 16:00 CEST

Skill Level: Intermediate

Additional Requirements: None

Using Log Management with Metrics and Traces to Improve Developer Productivity

The complexity of modern applications and shared nature of infrastructure creates new challenges for developers in troubleshooting production outages quickly and consistently. Knowing what to look for and where can be harder when you don’t have the right observability, and even more so when you are up against the clock in restoring your critical services.

By combining metrics, tracing, and logs, increase your observability and reduce mean time to detection and resolution of operational incidents.

With the help of hands-on labs, this workshop will take attendees from beginner to expert in building their observability with log data. Participants will walk through best practices for log collection, processing, and retention, and then dive into scenarios that will help them analyze data from multiple sources using Log Management’s powerful search and analytics capabilities.

Attendees will leave with hands-on experience with logging, plus proven strategies to build an organizational culture of efficient logging, optimizing for various use cases, and building richer insights into application behavior and user experiences.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

October 28 | 12:00 PM EDT / 18:00 CEST

November 3 | 9:00 AM EDT / 14:00 CET

Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Requirements: None

Everything You Wanted to Know About Cloud Control Plane Threat Detection But Were Afraid to Ask

Datadog’s Security Signals product comes with many useful out of box threat detections for AWS, GCP, and Azure. Depending on your business needs, you may want to develop some custom alerts of your own to recognize and surface specific behaviors. Every organization is going to have different concerns with methods of authentication, usage of advanced features, and cross account access. In this 2.5 hour session you will become familiar with conducting investigations with Cloudtrail logs, as well as writing threat detection rules in the Datadog platform.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

October 29 | 12:00 PM EDT / 18:00 CEST

November 3 | 3:00 PM EDT / 20:00 CET

Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Requirements: None

Identifying Frontend Issues with RUM and Error Tracking

When working with web applications, it’s crucial to understand the different types of issues that negatively impact the user experience. Users can experience poor load times, encounter a transaction-stopping bug, or lose interest due to a confusing interface, all resulting in potential lost business. Having a solid grasp of the different types of metrics can help a team establish a workflow that can identify and fix these issues in an efficient manner.

In this workshop, you will learn how to root out and distinguish the differences in issues that could be happening in your applications and ensure a consistently good user experience. With Error Tracking, RUM, Session Replay, and APM, you’ll see how efficient data collection can help identify, prioritize, and address your applications' most urgent issues as fast as possible.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

November 3 | 12:00 PM EDT / 17:00 CET

November 5 | 9:00 AM EDT / 14:00 CET

Skill Level: Intermediate

Additional Requirements: None

Highly Scalable Observability Data Pipelines with Vector

Vector is an open source platform for creating highly flexible and scalable observability data pipelines. It runs on your infrastructure and connects a wide variety of data sources—from Syslog to HTTP to Prometheus to Kubernetes logs—to a wide variety of sinks—from Kafka to S3 to Clickhouse to SaaS platforms like Datadog. Those pipelines can serve a wide array of use cases, such as ensuring data locality, enabling easy migration between SaaS vendors, data enrichment, and cost reduction. Built in Rust and designed for maximum throughput, minimum resource usage, and operational ease of use, Vector may just be the tool you’re looking for to power observability in your large-scale systems.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use Vector to create processing pipelines for your logs and metrics via Vector’s built-in event transformation DSL (Vector Remap Language). We’ll use it to modify logs and metrics as they flow through your Vector instances, and showcase Vector aggregators to process data from multiple observability agents (including the Datadog Agent). The general approach will be hands-on and geared toward real use cases.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

November 1 | 3:00 PM EDT / 20:00 CET

November 4 | 12:00 PM EDT / 17:00 CET

Skill Level: Intermediate

Additional Requirements: None

Service Focused Observability with Distributed Tracing

Modern applications consist of a wide array of frontend applications, backend services, and dependencies deployed across hosts, containers, and serverless infrastructures. Without end-to-end observability into an environment, triaging an issue becomes a slow and arduous process.

In this workshop, you will instrument an application with Datadog APM. Then, by making use of Distributed Tracing, identify issues with the application. With the information you have gathered, you will improve the user experience. With the application functioning as expected, you will put measures in place to make sure you are alerted if latency increases above a threshold.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

October 29 | 12:00 PM EDT / 18:00 CEST

November 2 | 3:00 PM EDT / 20:00 CET

Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Requirements: None

Detecting and Remediating Deployment Issues with APM

Deploying new code always carries risk: when bad code is deployed it can cause downtime, user-facing errors, and data loss. These issues lead to lost revenue and customer trust. Modern CI/CD practices allow teams to deploy code more quickly and efficiently, but as the cadence of deployment increases, so too does the risk. Datadog’s suite of deployment monitoring tools allow you detect and remediate errors more quickly and help you mitigate risk.

In this workshop you will learn to use version tags and Deployment Tracking to identify, diagnose, and remediate issues with new code deployments – all at a speed that can keep up with the pace of a modern CI/CD pipeline.

Duration: 75min

Dates:

November 5 | 11:00 AM EDT / 16:00 CET

Skill Level: Intermediate

Additional Requirements: None

AWS GameDay

GameDays are collaborative learning exercises that test skills in implementing AWS solutions to solve real-world problems in gamified, risk-free environments. These are completely interactive opportunities for technical professionals to explore AWS services, architecture patterns, best practices, and group cooperation without step-by-step instructions.

Participants will be provided with free, live AWS and Datadog accounts to solve a variety of challenges as new hires at our famous (fictitious) startup, Unicorn.Rentals. Our events are open-ended to provide flexibility to think creatively and experiment. Our leaderboard adds an element of competition, as teams earn or lose points based on their progress. Top teams earn prizes!

Learn to monitor and scale container-based applications and deployments using Fargate, CodeSuite, and ECR with Datadog. Integrate your applications, databases, and networks securely using Datadog Security Monitoring. Practice troubleshooting and analyzing networking issues with Datadog, and scan your network for vulnerabilities.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

November 2 | 7:00 AM EDT / 12:00 CET

November 5 | 1:00 PM EDT / 18:00 CET

Skill Level: Intermediate

Additional Requirements: While there is no cost to attend, registration for GameDay is capped.

Extending the Datadog UI with Apps

Have you ever wished you could put your own business logic in the Datadog UI? How about taking immediate action on a service right after seeing an anomaly on a graph? Your time has come! In this workshop you will learn how to build a new type of application within Datadog. Using an example scenario you will build a customized display of data, and an interactive control panel that can trigger infrastructural changes - creating an entirely new Datadog experience.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

October 28 | 3:00 PM EDT / 21:00 CEST

November 3 | 10:00 AM EDT / 15:00 CET

Skill Level: Advanced

Additional Requirements: Attendees are expected to be familiar with Javascript, APIs, and development tooling in general.

Unified Incident Management: Accelerating Time to Resolution

How you respond to production outages can affect both team morale and development velocity. There’s nothing more stressful than informal communication while debugging an outage.

Datadog Incident Management provides a way to manage your team’s incidents in a central location alongside your data. Within Datadog, you’re able to declare incidents in response to monitor alerts, investigate the issue, coordinate incident responders, and remediate the incident, all without switching context.

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the ins and outs of managing incidents and work through a realistic incident scenario. From there a co-lead from Slack will join and you’ll learn how to effectively use Slack to communicate incident status to your team. We’ll demonstrate how to use Incident Management, Dashboards and Notebooks to automatically pull in incident artifacts such as assigned tasks, resolution steps and dashboard snapshots into postmortems for streamlined response.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

October 28 | 10:00 AM EDT / 16:00 CEST

November 3 | 3:00 PM EDT / 20:00 CET

Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Requirements: Attendees are expected to have a basic familiarity with Datadog Monitors and Metric Queries; and a basic understanding of incident response in general. Ability to login to Slack in the web browser (you will be invited to the Slack workspace ahead of the workshop).

Better Reliability with SLOs & Alerting

Uptime alone is a poor measure of a system’s reliability. Agile development’s fail-fast approach, coupled with dynamic infrastructure and distributed applications requires us to have a more nuanced understanding of reliability than mere availability.

Service level objectives (SLOs) help describe the true health of your systems and how your end users experience them. Poorly defined SLOs can lead to decisions based on imprecise data, leading to a worse user experience.

In this workshop we’ll cover how to use SLOs to better define, track and manage customer-facing reliability goals. You’ll learn what SLOs are, why they are valuable, and how to pick meaningful SLIs. We’ll cover how you can leverage SLO alerts to protect reliability goals, reduce alert noise, and how you can standardize agreements for reliability across your organization.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

October 29 | 9:00 AM EDT / 15:00 CEST

November 1 | 3:00 PM EDT / 20:00 CET

Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Requirements: Attendees are expected to have a basic familiarity with Datadog Monitors and Metric Queries.

Progressive Delivery in Kubernetes

Will a new version of my service drive more usage? Will it reduce or increase the overall latency of my application? Can I easily test it in production for a set of users first? Progressive delivery, A/B testing, and canary deployments are strategies that help answer those questions by splitting network traffic in a controlled manner, allowing you to make informed decisions on the quality of a release.

In this workshop we will demonstrate several strategies to implement progressive delivery in Kubernetes. You will learn which of those strategies is best suited to your organization needs and how a good observability strategy is key to be successful with progressive delivery.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

October 28 | 12:00 PM EDT / 18:00 CEST

November 2 | 9:00 AM EDT / 14:00 CET

Skill Level: Intermediate

Additional Requirements: Attendees who already know how to schedule a containerized application to Kubernetes will make the most of this workshop

Building & Monitoring Production-Ready Serverless Applications

Building your applications on serverless allows your organization to move fast and focus on delivering value to your customers. But what does observability and operations look like when much of the infrastructure is abstracted away? In this course, designed for beginners to serverless and AWS Lambda, we’ll build a Node.js-based microservice with AWS Lambda.

Attendees will learn how to build serverless microservices, automate deployments, and gain observability into your applications by combining custom business metrics, traces, and logs in Datadog. You’ll leave this workshop with the confidence and tools you need to build your first production-ready serverless applications.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

October 29 | 9:00 AM EDT / 15:00 CEST

November 2 | 1:00 PM EDT / 18:00 CET

Skill Level: Intermediate

Additional Requirements: None

Monitoring and Testing Internal Services with Synthetics Private Locations

Monitoring the uptime and performance of internal applications is critical to ensure your teams are able to perform their daily jobs effectively. Because external third party services cannot usually reach environments that sit within your company’s network, monitoring these applications can often prove challenging. Datadog Synthetic Private Locations allow you to monitor internal-facing applications and any private URLs not accessible from the public internet. With Private Locations, you can create custom locations in mission-critical areas of your business, verify application performance in your internal testing environment using Synthetic CI/CD Testing, and compare the application performance from both inside and outside your internal network.

In this workshop, you will learn how to deploy Private Locations to your environments. You’ll then see how to run Synthetic tests on any internal application or private url using Private Locations, how to monitor containers by keeping track of the health of the Private Locations, and how to dimension, scale, and load test the Private locations. This workshop is primarily intended for SRE, Engineering Team Leads, Full Stack Engineers, DevOps Engineers.

Duration: 75m

Dates:

November 2 | 11:00 AM EDT / 16:00 CET

Skill Level: Intermediate

Additional Requirements: Note this workshop is not hands-on. As a result there is no cap on registration and no cost associated with attending.

Diagnose and Optimize CPU Performance with Continuous Profiling

Modern applications behave quite differently in production when compared to development or testing environments. Request spikes, outlier accounts, and edge-case behaviors all make application performance behave in unexpected ways.

In this workshop, you will learn to diagnose production CPU performance problems in your applications. By using Continuous Profiling, you will be able to quickly uncover costly bugs, and identify improvements that will lead to a happier end-user experience and a reduced infrastructure bill.

Duration: 75m

Dates:

November 3 | 11:00 AM EDT / 16:00 CET

Skill Level: Intermediate

Additional Requirements: None

Mobile Monitoring: Instrumenting Full Stack Visibility from iOS Devices to Backend Services

This workshop is designed for iOS developers that want to learn how Mobile RUM, crash reporting, and Error Tracking can be used in conjunction with APM to identify, troubleshoot, and fix issues in their applications across both mobile and backend services. Along the way, you will also learn about the important metrics to monitor the health of an application, such as tracking user sessions. You’ll also learn how to use custom actions to get detailed information about how users interact with your applications.

Duration: 75m

Dates:

November 2 | 11:00 AM EDT / 16:00 CET

Skill Level: Intermediate

Additional Requirements: Note this workshop is not hands-on. As a result there is no cap on registration and no cost associated with attending.

Measuring Core Web Vitals in Production

Core Web Vitals (CWVs) have become the standard measurement of UX quality and search engine ranking across the web. CWVs are central to monitoring an application’s frontend performance in production, and they can also provide crucial insight into the user experience.

After attending this workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental set of CWVs that measure loading performance, time to interactivity, and visual stability.
  • Recognize how CWVs can help you deliver a positive experience to your users while advancing your key business objectives.
  • Monitor standard CWVs for a web application with Datadog.
  • Locate and mitigate issues that create poor CWV scores and verify their resolution with Real User Monitoring.
  • Set up automated alerts to notify your team if a CWV score falls below an acceptable threshold.

Duration: 75m

Dates:

November 5 | 1:00 PM EDT / 18:00 CET

Skill Level: Intermediate

Additional Requirements: None

Test Automation in CI/CD Pipelines

Testing new versions of applications in CI/CD pipelines is critical to ensure the latest code changes do not introduce regressions into your production environment. Datadog Synthetic tests allow you to keep track of the health and performance of your application by simulating user requests on key API endpoints and business transactions. They can be used to monitor production as well as to test new versions of your applications directly from CI/CD pipelines. Using a single test suite, you can therefore minimize user-facing application bugs thanks to a comprehensive testing and monitoring strategy.

In this workshop, you’ll focus on learning how to incorporate Datadog Synthetic tests into a CI/CD pipeline to automatically block production releases that contain user interface bugs. This workshop is primarily intended for DevOps, developers, and release engineers. QA, UX, and product engineers would also likely benefit from this workshop.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

October 29 | 12:00 PM EDT / 18:00 CEST

November 4 | 9:00 AM EDT / 14:00 CET

Skill Level: Intermediate

Additional Requirements: None

Capture the Flag with HackTheBox

Good news! We’ve added fresh new content to Datadog’s Capture the flag in partnership with HackTheBox. Join us to get hands on with our latest and greatest security products.

Whether you’re a newcomer or a seasoned veteran of security monitoring, this set of challenges has something for you. Throughout the contest, you’ll have the opportunity to use Datadog’s latest security products, including file integrity monitoring, to investigate a range of real-world threats. Don’t miss out on the chance to play CTF and learn more about web application security with Datadog.

Participants progressing to a certain level in the game will win prizes.

Duration: 24h

Dates:

November 3 | 9:00 AM EDT / 15:00 CET

November 10 | 9:00 AM EDT / 15:00 CET

Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Requirements: This workshop is for beginning red teamers, purple teams, and defenders.

Monitoring CI Pipelines and Tests with CI Visibility

The heart of modern development organizations is their Continuous Integration (CI) system. Yet, as observability of live environments has progressed leaps and bounds, visibility into the pipelines and tests of CI has stagnated. Datadog’s new suite of tools within CI Visibility gives build engineering teams and developers the insight necessary to debug complex pipelines and tests as well as the historical lens necessary to identify performance regressions and identify high-leverage points for optimization.

In this workshop you will learn how to manage Flaky Tests, get full end-to-end visibility of your pipelines and tests, track the historical performance of your pipelines and tests, and create powerful custom dashboards and monitors using your CI data.

Duration: 75m

Dates:

November 2 | 12:30 PM EDT / 17:30 CET

Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Requirements: Note this workshop is not hands-on. As a result there is no cap on registration and no cost associated with attending.

Building Automated Remediations to Improve Availability and Reduce Toil (Sponsored by Shoreline)

As infrastructure grows, incidents increase in frequency and severity. Manual remediation processes don’t scale past a certain point, causing a rapid increase in downtime and worse, operator burnout. The only remedy is to introduce automation to help diagnose and repair incidents without manual intervention. However, automating repairs needs to be simple, as there are many ways a fleet can fail.

In this workshop, you will learn how to quickly diagnose and repair incidents by creating automated remediations, all from the Datadog UI. Leveraging parallelized command execution and remediations provided by the Shoreline integration, you will interactively debug multiple hosts to resolve a triggered monitor and build automation to repair whenever the incident reoccurs.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

November 4 | 1:00 PM EDT / 18:00 CET

Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Requirements: While there is no cost associated with sponsored workshops, registration is capped.

Chaos Engineering 101 (Sponsored by Gremlin)

Join us for a hands-on Chaos Engineering lab, covering the tools, practices, and metrics you need to implement Chaos Engineering. You’ll learn how you can use Chaos Engineering to modernize safely, ensure reliability, and reduce downtime.

During this workshop, attendees will be broken up into teams, and each assigned a role that is critical to the Chaos Engineering experiment process. You’ll work together as a team to plan and execute various Chaos Engineering experiments with the guidance of the Gremlin and Datadog Teams.

All you’ll need to participate is your laptop, a working microphone, and internet!

Agenda:

  • Learn the history, principles and practice of Chaos Engineering
  • Run Chaos Engineering experiments to simulate common real-world failures, such as unreliable networks and host failure
  • Hear how other organizations are using Chaos Engineering to modernize safely and meet compliance
  • How to democratize results within your organization

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

November 1 | 1:00 PM EDT / 19:00 CET

Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Requirements: While there is no cost associated with sponsored workshops, registration is capped.

Azure Datadog Integration for Monitoring Your Cloud, On-Premise, and Hybrid Workloads (Sponsored by Microsoft)

Microsoft Azure enables customers to migrate and modernize their applications to run in the cloud, in coordination with many partner solutions. One such partner is Datadog, which provides observability and security tools for users to understand the health and performance of their applications across hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

With the new Azure integration with Datadog, organizations can now fully map their legacy and cloud-based systems, monitoring real-time data during every phase of the cloud transition, and ensure that migrated applications meet performance targets. This integration combines Azure’s global presence, flexibility, security, and compliance with Datadog’s logging and monitoring capabilities to create the best experience for enterprises.

Duration: 2.5h

Dates:

November 1 | 12:00 PM EDT / 17:00 CET

Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Requirements: While there is no cost associated with sponsored workshops, registration is capped.