Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Explain what observability is and why it matters
  • Understand why metrics are useful to your applications
  • Recognize the value of distributed tracing
  • Explain what logs are and the kinds of data that they contain
  • Understand how monitoring and observability come together
  • Move on to Datadog 101 training

Primary Audience

This course has been designed for anyone who’s brand new to the world of observability and monitoring. No prior knowledge about Datadog or other monitoring tools is required to take this training.


This course has no prerequisites.

Technical Requirements

In order to complete the course, you will need:

  • Google Chrome or Firefox

Course Navigation

At the bottom of each lesson, click MARK LESSON COMPLETE AND CONTINUE button so that you are marked complete for each lesson and can receive the certificate at the end of the course.

Course Enrollment Period

Please note that your enrollment in this course ends after 30 days. You can re-enroll at any time and pick up where you left off.

Course curriculum

    1. Monitoring vs. Observability

    1. What is a Metric?

    2. Metric Walk Through

    1. What is Monitoring?

    2. Monitoring Walk Through

    1. What is a Log?

    2. Storing our Logs

    3. Logging Walk Through

    1. What is a Trace?

    2. Tracing Walk Through

    1. What's next?

    2. Feedback Survey

Introduction to Observability

  • 1 hours to complete
  • 11 Lessons
  • 1 hour of video content
  • Beginner