Now that you have both metric and trace data coming into Lightstep Observability from Datadog, you can use a notebook to view both.

More about Notebooks

When you are in a performance investigation, you often need to run ad hoc queries to see the performance of your system, both at the infrastructure level and app level, and then share your findings with your team. Instead of using multiple tabs or tools, and creating “throw-away” dashboards, Lightstep Observability provides notebooks that allow you to query and save both your infrastructure (metrics) and app performance (traces) data in one place. You can also add charts from other pages in Lightstep Observability. You can add text blocks to note and explain your findings and share your notebook (either a live version or a snapshot in time) with anyone with a Lightstep Observability account.

Notebooks require that your environment uses Microsatellites.

Notebooks view

Learn more about Notebooks.

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To create a notebook:

  1. In Lightstep Observability, open the Notebook view from the navigation bar Notebooks view

    A new (unsaved) notebook shows the query builder. Query builder

    If an existing notebook is displayed, click Create notebook from the sidebar. Create notebook

  2. Name the notebook and add an optional description. Add a name and description

  3. Add a metric chart.

    Use the query builder to find the metric from Datadog and add filters, operations, and groups as needed.

    You can find more information about using the query builder here.

    Build the metric query

  4. Add a span chart.

    Click the + icon and choose Build another chart. Add a chart

    Use the query builder to find the operation, service, or attribute you want to create a chart for, and add filters and groups as needed.

    You can find more information about using the query builder here.

    Build a span query

Now you have a notebook where you can see both the metric and span data coming in from Datadog and compare it to what you see in Datadog!


What did we learn?

  • Notebooks allow you to view both metric and trace data in one place.
  • You can refine your queries by adding filters and groups.