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Integrate collectd and OpsGenie

Integrating collectd and OpsGenie with your monitoring system

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

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.

What is OpsGenie?

OpsGenie is an incident management system that helps teams engage the right people to manage and resolve an incident in the shortest possible time. 

OpsGenie is designed to streamline those crucial incident monitoring processes by alerting the right people on your team to take action and address an issue as soon as possible through its on-call management and escalation features. It comes with highly customizable features and sophisticated tools, all designed to work with different DevOps workflows.

Unlike regular incident monitoring platforms, OpsGenie intuitively forecasts potential issues based on aggregated metrics. This tool also automatically determines the people or teams best equipped to resolve the issues detected through proper action mapping. 

You can optimize your team's collaboration and communication channels by integrating OpsGenie with over 200 ticketing, monitoring, and chat tools, including Slack, Jira, and Amazon CloudWatch. Plus, common and repetitive actions can be quickly executed by using OpsGenie actions. For example, in response to an alert, OpsGenie can start an Amazon EC2 instance.

Being a service-aware incident management platform, OpsGenie also proactively alerts stakeholders about any service disruptions or outages. With its ability to identify, manage and categorize critical incidents promptly, OpsGenie is a favorite incident management system for businesses with always-on services. OpsGenie tracks everything related to alerts and incidents, allowing you to monitor your team's performance in acknowledging and resolving incidents. 

 

Integrating your OpsGenie platform with your MetricFire platform is a great way to ensure that any incidents identified by MetricFire are actioned by the right person in your DevOps team as soon as possible. 

All you do is create an OpsGenie channel in your MetricFire alerts panel. Then, as MetricFire aggregates and monitors metrics from all your computer systems, you'll feel confident that any incidents will be quickly addressed and fixed by the right people in your DevOps team.

How to integrate collectd and OpsGenie with your monitoring system

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