What Are Graphite Tags?

With the release of the 1.1.x series, Graphite now supports tagged metrics.

Rather than using the traditional dotted hierarchy, metrics can be stored and retrieved based on tags - for example:

host=webserver-

 or

region=us-east-1

So where before you might have a name like myapp.webserver-0001.us-east-1.responses.500, you could instead have myapp.responses;host=webserver-0001;region=us-east-1;code=500