DigitalOcean Monitoring is a free, opt-in service that provides insight into resource usage across your infrastructure. Monitoring gives administrators greater insight into their infrastructure’s resource usage with improved Droplet graphs, configurable alert policies, and integrated notifications.

Droplet graphs are a visual representation of system-level metrics to provide a high-level overview of resource usage. This can help you understand how your resource usage is changing over time and how different resource levels correlate.

Alert policies are user-created rules that define thresholds for resource consumption. When a usage exceeds the threshold, notifications are dispatched through email or Slack.

Because the metrics agent focuses on system-level data, it is not suitable for application performance monitoring (APM) tasks like tracking application errors, website connections, or identifying application bottlenecks. These require a monitoring system with a different focus, which could be used in addition to DigitalOcean Monitoring.

DigitalOcean Monitoring is built to increase your awareness of Droplet-level resource utilization. The gathered metrics and alerting can help you track the operational health of your infrastructure and determine whether your Droplets have sufficient capacity to handle your application’s traffic.

  • Monitoring Overview
  • High-level information, like plans and pricing, availability, feature overviews, and known issues.

  • Monitoring Quickstart
  • Just the essentials to go from zero to working in a few minutes.

  • Monitoring How-Tos
  • How to accomplish specific tasks in detail, like creation/deletion, configuration, and management.

  • Monitoring Resources
  • Resources on native tools for working with monitoring, monitoring terminology, and metrics.