Capture and visualize metrics using Datadog

Component: Metrics
NuGet Package NServiceBus (7.x)


This sample demonstrates how to capture, store, and visualize NServiceBus metrics in Datadog, a monitoring solution for storing application performance data.

This sample reports the following metrics to Datadog:

  • Fetched messages per second
  • Failed messages per second
  • Successful messages per second
  • Critical time in seconds
  • Processing time seconds
  • Retries

For a detailed explanation of these metrics refer to the metrics captured section in the metrics documentation section.


To run this sample, create a Datadog account, then download and run the Datadog agent. See the Introduction to Datadog guide for information on how to get started with Datadog metrics.

Code overview

The sample simulates messages load with a random 10% failure rate using the LoadSimulator class: LoadSimulator

Capturing metric values

Setup Datadog client. Let' s assume the Datadog agent runs on default address and port.

var dogstatsdConfig = new StatsdConfig
    StatsdServerName = "",
    StatsdPort = 8125,
}; //Datadog agent default address, port


Custom observers need to be registered for the metric probes provided via NServiceBus.Metrics. This is configured in the DatadogFeature. The registered observers convert NServiceBus.Metric Signals to Datadog Count and NServiceBus.Metric Durations to Datadog Timer

_metricsOptions.RegisterObservers(register: probeContext =>
        foreach (var duration in probeContext.Durations)
            if (!_nameMapping.ContainsKey(duration.Name))
            duration.Register((ref DurationEvent @event) =>
                var statName = ComposeStatName(duration.Name);
                var tags = ComposeTags(@event.MessageType);
                DogStatsd.Timer(statName, @event.Duration.TotalMilliseconds, tags: tags);

        foreach (var signal in probeContext.Signals)
            if (!_nameMapping.ContainsKey(signal.Name))
            signal.Register((ref SignalEvent @event) =>
                var statName = ComposeStatName(signal.Name);
                var tags = ComposeTags(@event.MessageType);
                DogStatsd.Increment(statName, tags: tags);


Available metrics

The following metrics are available across all endpoints. Use the tagged values endpoint, messagetype_name, and messagetype_fullname to aggregate and filter a metric.

metrics list

Sample dashboard

This dashboard replicates a lot of the data displayed by ServicePulse. However, DataDog affords a much longer history to draw from.


Detailed timeseries example

This is a zoomed-in example of a single timeseries component. It displays the message throughput for the entire system, with each bar color-coded by endpoint name.

Hovering over a section shows the details of the related endpoint.

e.g. sum:nservicebus.processed{$dashboard_environment} by {endpoint}.as_rate().rollup(sum, 1)

throughput by endpoint

Timeseries configuration

A specific endpoint or message type for the metric can be pinpointed in the from setting, then optionally the metric can be broken down by another facet. In this example, the displayed nservicebus.processed metric for just the specified endpoint can then use the sum by to show individual sums by message type.

timeseries configuration

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