Lightbend and Datadog are excited to announce the official Datadog integration for Akka. Both Akka and the Lightbend Reactive Platform (which includes Akka as a key component) have become increasingly popular for building highly-scalable Reactive applications on the JVM. With this integration, Datadog users building Akka-based Reactive applications can gain real-time insights into their applications to ensure the health, availability and performance of their systems.

Integration With Lightbend Monitoring

This integration has two components: Lightbend Monitoring, which includes a metrics/telemetry module (nicknamed “Cinnamon”), and Datadog dashboards.

The telemetry instruments your Akka-based Reactive application and reports metrics to Datadog. At this time, the telemetry for this integration includes metrics for Akka Actors and metrics for Akka Remote.

There are multiple configuration options for the telemetry portion so you can determine the level of visibility you need into your Akka-based Reactive application. This provides you with greater control over the monitoring overhead and the volume of monitoring data reported to Datadog.

Note that Lightbend Monitoring is part of the Lightbend Reactive Platform, and is available to Lightbend subscription customers only. If you want to learn more about the benefits of a Lightbend subscription, go here.

Getting Set Up

To get started, set up your application with the Datadog instrumentation plugin for Lightbend Monitoring, configure the Akka telemetry, and then install the Lightbend Reactive Platform integration in your Datadog account. This gives you access to a predefined dashboard to help you jump-start the monitoring of your Reactive applications.

Here’s what the dashboard looks like (right-click and open a new tab for the enlarged view):

Note that this dashboard (and any others you create) will show the data collected from your Akka-based Reactive application.

What’s Next?

The Lightbend and Datadog teams will continue to enhance this integration going forward. You’ll see these enhancements, mostly in the form of additional Reactive application metrics, being reflected in your Datadog dashboards. If you’re interested in receiving a short demo of Lightbend Monitoring, discussing specific enhancements or features, and learning how to get Lightbend Monitoring with Datadog in your own organization, we would love to hear from you. Simply contact us via the link below:

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