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Integrate Amazon SQS and HipChat

Integrating Amazon SQS and HipChat with your monitoring system

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

What is Amazon SQS?

Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) is a message queuing service that you use to decouple and scale microservices, distributed systems, and serverless applications. Amazon SQS supports programmatic sending of messages via web service applications as a way to communicate over the Internet. It is fully managed and eliminates the complexity and overhead associated with operating message-oriented middleware. Amazon SQS is used by companies such as Netflix, Dropbox, NASA, and more.

With SQS, you can send, store, and receive messages between software components with the need for another service. You can get started with SQS in minutes using the AWS console, Command-Line Interface, or SDK of your choice.

 

SQS offers two types of message queues:

  • Standard queues provide maximum throughput, best-effort ordering, and at-least-once delivery. 
  • SQS FIFO queues ensure messages are processed exactly once, in the exact order you send them.

 

You can use Amazon SQS to add an extra layer of security to your messaging services. You can exchange sensitive data between applications using server-side encryption (SSE) to encrypt each message. Plus, because Amazon SQS scales elastically with your applications, it is a highly cost-effective messaging solution.

Amazon SQS is fully integrated with Amazon CloudWatch, allowing you to view and analyze your Amazon SQS queues metrics, which is where MetricFire comes into play.

With Metricfire, you can turbocharge your Amazon SQS monitoring services. By integrating Amazon CloudWatch with the Metricfire platform, you can display your 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 receive alerts via email or Slack when your message queues are doing something they shouldn't.

What is HipChat?

HipChat was an on-premises instant messaging tool once offered by Atlassian, but now discontinued. Slack has since replaced it. 

Like Slack, HipChat enabled teams to work together by making it easier to share ideas, updates, code, and files in real-time. You could integrate HipChat with many tools and applications, including Atlassian tools, such as Confluence or Jira, letting your users receive notifications from those tools in HipChat rooms.

 

For those legacy users who might still use Hipchat, there is a wide range of MetricFire's Hosted Graphite features that still work with Hipchat.

Hosted Graphite's HipChat integration lets you manage your alerts directly from your HipChat channel. Your team can see unusual patterns as they happen and keep the rest of your team informed. You can view your active and healthy Hosted Graphite alerts in HipChat, and jump directly to a Hosted Graphite dashboard straight from HipChat.

When an alert is triggered, we post a notification to your HipChat room. All Hosted Graphite alerts include a thumbnail of a graph, a link to the full-size graph, the metric name related to the alert, and the conditions that caused it to fire. This card view lets us pack lots of information into a small space, making the notification as useful as possible.

Additionally, you can:

  • Send private, one-on-one messages.
  • Send room notifications.
  • View users, rooms, and other group information.
  • View room information and participants.

Plus, if you click the "glance" inside HipChat, the sidebar changes to a filterable list of all your alerts, showing which ones are unhealthy and what the alert conditions are.

How to integrate Amazon SQS and HipChat with your monitoring system

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