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Integrate Amazon Lambda and collectd

Integrating Amazon Lambda and collectd with your monitoring system

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

What is Amazon Lambda?

Amazon Lambda is a cloud-based, fully scalable service that lets you run code without managing or provisioning servers. Amazon Lambda will run your code when you need it and only charges you when you use it. You can run virtually any code for nearly all types of backend applications and services with no administration. Amazon looks after it all for you, including code monitoring and logging, capacity provision and scaling, and operating system and server maintenance.

You can use code that responds automatically to an Amazon DynamoDB table or Amazon's Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). You can also invoke code using API calls made using AWS SDKs or write code to respond to HTTP requests using Amazon API Gateway. Plus, you can write functions for serverless applications that you can automatically deploy using AWS CodeBuild and AWS CodePipeline. You can create backend services that take advantage of Amazon Web Services inbuilt security, scale, and performance, plus use Amazon Lambda to extend other AWS services with custom logic.

 

More importantly, Amazon Lambda automatically monitors your code on your behalf and reports metrics through Amazon CloudWatch. Amazon Lambda automatically tracks the number of requests, the invocations per request, and the number of errors triggered by a request. 

With MetricFire, you can turbocharge your Amazon Lambda code monitoring services. By integrating Amazon CloudWatch with the MetricFire platform, you can display your Amazon Lambda 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 keep, plus you can receive alerts via email or Slack when your code is doing something it shouldn't.

What is collectd?

Collectd is system statistics collection daemon that periodically retrieves system and application performance metrics and then stores them using various storage solutions such as RRD files. Collectd is a free open-source project. It can gather metrics from multiple sources, including operating systems, applications, log files, and external devices. You can use the statistics compiled by collectd to monitor systems, detect performance bottlenecks, and predict future system loads.

Because it's written in C, collectd is built for performance and portability, allowing you to run it on systems with no scripting language or an embedded system. It comes with optimizations and features to handle hundreds of thousands of metrics. Collectd also lets you configure what metrics you want to capture and what frequency you want to capture them, allowing you to scale back your metrics collection collect only the metrics that make sense for your business needs. Its modular architecture allows the daemon to use only the resources required to do the job.

 

Collectd only performs the collection and transmission of the metrics. It does not analyze or present the metrics on its own. But by integrating collectd with the Metricfire platform, you can enjoy metrics displayed on aesthetically pleasing dashboards. Our integration lets you view metrics on essential systems and application log messages on your Hosted Graphite graphs and dashboards. 

You can download a collectd configuration file pre-filled with your Hosted Graphite account details on our add-ons page. This configuration comes with several collectd plugins enabled, including CPU, DF (file system usage), disk, entropy, interface, load, memory, processes, rrdtool, swap, users and write_graphite.

How to integrate Amazon Lambda and collectd with your monitoring system

To integrate Amazon Lambda and collectd with your monitoring system, sign up for a free trial with MetricFire. Talk with the MetricFire team about how to integrate Amazon Lambda and collectd and get Amazon Lambda and collectd 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. 

“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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“We now have over ten times the amount of metrics we started with, and on different accounts. One of the great things about MetricFire is that scaling to support this increase has been hassle-free, requiring no additional work on our side.”

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