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Integrate Amazon Firehose and Slack

Integrating Amazon Firehose and Slack with your monitoring system

To integrate Amazon Firehose and Slack with your monitoring system, reach out to MetricFire. Book a demo with the MetricFire team to discuss integrating Amazon Firehose and Slack and how that can support your monitoring system.

What is Amazon Firehose?

With the ever-increasing popularity of streaming content, the need to enable users to collect, store, capture, and process large amounts of data from their distributed streams is crucial. By using Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose, you can capture massive amounts of live video data from millions of sources, and then make them available to consumers in a data-efficient and cost-effective format.

Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose lets you quickly load streaming data into data stores, data lakes, and analytics services. You can use it to capture, transform, and deliver streaming data to a range of Amazon services, including Amazon Redshift, Amazon S3, Amazon Elasticsearch Service. You can also use Kinesis to connect to generic HTTP endpoints and service providers such as New Relic, MongoDB, Datadog, and Splunk.

Firehose is a fully managed service that automatically scales to match your data throughput. You can also use it to compress, transform, and encrypt your data streams. This feature minimizes the amount of storage required for your streaming data and increases security.

Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose integrates with Amazon CloudWatch metrics so you can collect and analyze your data streaming metrics. For example, you could monitor the IncomingBytes and IncomingRecords metrics to track data ingested into Kinesis Data Firehose from your data producers. You can use Kinesis Analytics to analyze and process your data streams using standard SQL. It also comes with pre-built stream processing templates to help you manage your data analytics.

By integrating Amazon CloudWatch with the MetricFire platform, you can display your streaming metrics on aesthetically pleasing dashboards. MetricFire's advanced filtering lets you choose only the data views you want to see and discard the rest. You can also set up simple rules to discard data you no longer need, plus receive alerts via email or Slack when your data streaming is doing something it shouldn't.

What is Slack?

Slack is a popular channel-based messaging platform that improves business communication and collaboration. This cloud-based solution offers enterprise-grade security and scalability, along with many innovative features that make it easier to have quality work conversations.

The core functionality of Slack revolves around chat rooms where users send messages and files. You can organize these rooms by topics, teams, projects, office locations, and other categories to keep the discussions highly relevant to that work. Users can also directly message each other. In addition to text messages, voice, screen sharing, and video chats are also supported.

You have a lot of flexibility in working with Slack. Your channels can be open to everyone in the organization, available for users outside of your organization, or made private for a subset of employees. A robust search function simplifies the process of looking up information, so it’s readily available. There is also an option of free-to-use and paid plans.

 

Slack workspaces create a central repository for work-related information, whether that’s being shared in messages, file attachments, links, or other formats. Slack performance monitoring allows you to see how your organization is utilizing this platform, whether it’s having issues, and ways to optimize it for your specific use cases.

One of Slack’s strengths is its integration support with many software types, allowing you to perform your work without leaving the workspace. For example, when you connect MetricFire and Slack, you can send immediate notifications to a specific channel so the right staff members see it. Since the alerts show up in a centralized communications tool being used for other daily work activities, they get noticed and acted on faster.

How to integrate Amazon Firehose and Slack with your monitoring system

To integrate Amazon Firehose and Slack with your monitoring system, sign up for a free trial with MetricFire. Talk with the MetricFire team about how to integrate Amazon Firehose and Slack and get Amazon Firehose and Slack interacting with your MetricFire dashboards directly.

What is MetricFire?

MetricFire is a full-scale platform that offers infrastructure, system, and application monitoring using a suite of open-source monitoring tools. The platform allows you to use either Prometheus- or Graphite-as-a-Service and have your metrics displayed on aesthetically-pleasing Grafana dashboards. 

     

MetricFire offers its users a complete ecosystem of end-to-end infrastructure monitoring, which is made up of three of the most popular open-source monitoring software services: Prometheus, Graphite, and Grafana. As well, plugins for a number of other open-source projects are preconfigured, such as StatsD, collectd, and Kubernetes. You get all these within a hosted environment as a single product. Not only does MetricFire fit well into the infrastructure monitoring use-case, such as network monitoring and server monitoring, we also do application monitoring and business intelligence.

        

Through this hosted environment, MetricFire works to boost the unique features of the open source projects to give you more functionality than the original products. Below are some of the MetricFire features at a glance: 

Cloud and on Premise Monitoring

Hosted Prometheus

Hosted Graphite

Grafana Dashboards

        

Whether to use Prometheus or Graphite is a great question. We’ve looked deeper into this decision in our blog article, Prometheus or Graphite. While Prometheus is a newer software that has a multidimensional data structure, Graphite is robust and sufficient. The key thing to remember is that Hosted Graphite by MetricFire is more than just Graphite. Our Hosted Graphite product actually adds data dimensionality and better data storage.

       

The benefits of MetricFire are:

    

No vendor lock-ins
MetricFire allows you to request for a full export at any time, because you will always own the data you input. You get all the benefits of an open-source tool with the stability and security of a SaaS tool. 
      

Easy Budgeting
A structured pricing model allows you to save time and work within your budget. The predictability and transparent pricing allows you to keep your costs in check and plan for the future.
       

Transparency
MetricFire works transparently on all aspects of their operations of SaaS system monitoring. You can see their own internal system metrics at their public status page.
      

Robust Support
Technical support is provided by engineers for engineers, so you can expect detailed and relevant answers to your queries. 

The author for this testimonial, Jim Davies, Head of DevOps, MoneySuperMarket.com.
“As MetricFire scales effortlessly, we can push and store more metrics than we really need today but might need tomorrow. This increases our depth of understanding of the systems that we run and heads off any future problems.”
Jim Davies, Head of DevOps, MoneySuperMarket.com.

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