Is the agent necessary to use Datadog?

You don’t have to install an agent if you only want to submit metrics via the API, you can read more about our API here.

In general, most folks find a lot of value in installing an agent because they get system metrics for free and metrics on common software like MySQL, PostgreSQL, etc. with just a little bit of configuration. Another advantage is that there is a small Statsd server built-in to the agent.

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