To integrate StatsD and Amazon CloudWatch with your monitoring system, please reach out to MetricFire. Book a demo with the MetricFire team to discuss integrating StatsD and Amazon CloudWatch and how that can support your monitoring system.
StatsD is a network daemon that runs on the Node.js platform and listens for statistics, like counters and timers. StatsD sends this information over UDP or TCP from your server or network to your monitoring server. In most cases, your StatsD will send aggregates to one or more pluggable backend services (e.g., Graphite).
StatsD is considered a “collector” in the monitoring world. It’s key job is to find and pull the metrics from your systems, and then push them to a monitoring server. However, it doesn’t store, aggregate, visualize or alert on any of your metrics. StatsD is intended for only one use-case: collecting.
The key benefit of using StatsD is the customizability. Unlike standard Agents, you can tailor StatsD to do exactly what you want. You can map out hundreds of metrics, give the metrics customized names, and have them sent into your monitoring backend.
Typically, StatsD pairs with Graphite as the monitoring backend. The primary reason for this is that Graphite does not come with its own collector.
However, StatsD is also often used to pull metrics in unique or challenging cases, when something like a typical monitoring agent, or Prometheus’ built-in metrics scraping tool isn’t able to collect what you’re looking for. For example, StatsD is often used for monitoring Python web apps with Prometheus.
StatsD can be used to pull metrics from every part of the service that is running, and enables this data to be easily summed to get a clear picture of what your data is doing.
StatsD is also used to combine metrics from multiple sources into one location, such as pulling Graphite metrics into Prometheus.
At MetricFire, you can integrate with StatsD using MetricFire’s StatsD Add-on. You can automatically pull your StatsD metrics into our monitoring platform, and see your StatsD metrics alongside your AWS and Graphite monitoring.
Amazon CloudWatch is a management and monitoring service designed for AWS and other infrastructure resources or on-premises applications. It is the official metrics monitoring tool for Amazon Web Services. Using CloudWatch, you can access all your performance and operational metrics in a single platform, helping you overcome the challenge of monitoring multiple systems. CloudWatch helps you monitor your entire stack — including applications, infrastructure, and services — thus freeing up valuable resources to allow you to focus on building applications.
You can use CloudWatch Container Insights to monitor and troubleshoot your applications and microservices. CloudWatch collects, aggregates, and summarizes computer utilization information; like CPU and memory usage, network data history, and also monitoring diagnostic information. Container Insights provides you with details about container management services, such as: Amazon ECS for Kubernetes (EKS), Amazon's Elastic Container Service (ECS), etc.
The brilliant thing about Amazon Cloudwatch is that it is your gatekeeper to data and metrics for all your Amazon applications and services. However, monitoring more than the standard set of metrics can become very expensive with CloudWatch. CloudWatch custom metrics are very expensive and they should be used sparingly. For example, if a company is monitoring their AWS systems with the standard CloudWatch dashboards, it might cost around 1000 USD a month. However, if you’re monitoring hundreds of thousands of metrics related to a new launch, AWS CloudWatch could quickly rack up to 50,000 USD a month.
That's why it's such a vital integration point for MetricFire. MetricFire treats all metrics the same, so if you’re monitoring thousands of specialized metrics, you’ll still pay the same basic rate for those metrics. CloudWatch can be integrated with MetricFire, so you can pull your AWS metrics into the MetricFire platform. Then, you can get low-cost metrics scaling, while still being able to monitor your AWS metrics all in a single pane of glass. 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 to keep, plus receive alerts via email or Slack.
MetricFire is a full-scale platform that provides infrastructure, system, and application monitoring using a suite of open-source monitoring tools. We enable you to use Hosted Graphite and aesthetic custom dashboards to visualize your metrics so you can understand what is happening.
MetricFire offers users a complete ecosystem of end-to-end infrastructure monitoring, comprised of popular open-source monitoring software services: Graphite and popular dashboards. Plugins for many 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, but we also do application monitoring and business intelligence.
Through this hosted environment, MetricFire boosts the unique features of open-source projects to give you more functionality than the original products. Below are some of the MetricFire features at a glance:
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:
Simple, low-cost pricing
A structured pricing model based on unique time series metrics allows you to work within your budget. The predictability and transparent pricing allow you to keep your costs in check and plan for the future. 1 metric is 1 metric.
Easily share your dashboards with clients for free.
Alert notification integrations PagerDuty, Slack, email, and webhooks.
Freedom of customization
Custom metrics through your code.
Fantastic customer support
Highly available support is provided by engineers for engineers to get you set up quickly.
Dedicated clusters for users that need their own environment.
Why thousands of engineers choose us:
Vendor lock-in's not our thing. We’re believers in you still owning your data, so you can request a full export at any time. That means you get all the benefits of an open-source tool, but with the security and stability of a SaaS tool.
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