Implementing a consistent tagging strategy across your entire infrastructure can be daunting. Our automated Tag Validator eliminates the guesswork and helps you maintain compliance with organization-wide tagging guidelines you define.
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While tagging is important, many organizations find it difficult to follow Datadog tagging best practices. Why? Organizations utilize a mix of configuration management tools like Ansible, Chef, and Puppet across their enterprise. This flexibility in software deployments makes it difficult to enforce a standardized tagging strategy.
Our Tag Validator integration for Datadog automatically audits your Datadog hosts and synthetics for compliance with the tagging guidelines you define. This helps you create consistency in tagging across your infrastructure, leading to more useful performance insights.
The Tag Validator uses a centralized mapping of key-value pairs defined in the integration’s conf.yaml configuration file to enforce tagging guidelines. Using Datadog’s host API, the Tag Validator pulls the hosts from your Datadog instance and compares their tags to your defined mapping. This reveals whether the hosts have the Datadog tags you require and if the values of those tags fit your criteria.
The out-of-the-box tag key compliance metrics in this dashboard includes the number of hosts missing a tag key defined in your conf.yaml file and the percentage of your overall infrastructure that’s missing tags. This information can help you improve the compliance of your tagging strategy.
The value compliance metrics show you the percentage of hosts that have proper tag keys, but don’t have values you’ve defined as acceptable in your conf.yaml file. This helps you troubleshoot tagging compliance issues across your infrastructure.
The agent compliance metrics show you the percentage of hosts in your Datadog instance that have agents installed. This helps improve Datadog coverage for hosts coming from other integrations like AWS, Azure, or Nutanix.
Synthetic tests are a critical component of monitoring for many organizations. Our latest version of the Tag Validator includes synthetic test tagging compliance which works similarly to host tag compliance. The synthetic test compliance tag dashboard shows you whether synthetic tests have the appropriate tag keys and valid tag values. This ensures you have the tags necessary to contextualize synthetic tests as part of your overall infrastructure.