Monitoring StatsD with Amazon DynamoDB

Integrating StatsD and Amazon DynamoDB with your monitoring system

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

What is StatsD?

Use StatsD to Send metrics to your MetricFire Account

StatsD is an open-source network daemon that listens for statistics defined as counters, gauges, and timers sent via UDP, performs aggregation of this data, then sends it on to a configurable backend service - such as Hosted Graphite. You can use StatsD to perform such aggregation before sending your metrics to us by following this short guide:

  1. Install StatsD by following the installation instructions.
  2. Once installed, StatsD can then be used with a config file like this:

    port: 8125,
    flushInterval: 10000,
    graphitePort: 2003,
    graphiteHost: "carbon.hostedgraphite.com",
    graphite: {
         legacyNamespace: false,
       globalPrefix: "<your-api-key>"

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. Once you collect and forward StatsD metrics to your Hosted Graphite account, you can use these metrics to build custom dashboards and alerts. 

What is Amazon DynamoDB?

Collect and Forward DynamoDB Metrics from AWS Cloudwatch

MetricFire has an easy to use integration that pulls metrics from the Cloudwatch API, and forwards them to a Hosted Graphite account. You can configure this integration in a few simple steps:

  1. In your Hosted Graphite account, navigate to Add-Ons => AWS and +Add an AWS account by entering your Access key and Secret key.
  2. Now you can select which AWS services to pull metrics from, and even enable metric tagging (optional). Learn more about our AWS integration in the Hosted Graphite Cloudwatch docs.
  3. You can also name the account you've configured. This is recommended, especially if you are configuring multiple AWS accounts like dev, stage, and prod.
  4. Depending on your enabled AWS services and internal permissions settings, you might need to add our default AWS Policy to your IAM user to allow us to pull metrics from your AWS account.
  5. Metrics should be hitting your Hosted Graphite account within about 10 minutes. You can use these metrics to create custom Dashboards and Alerts, and you'll notice that some new dashboards have been automatically created in your HG account. We also have a handy AWS Overview dashboard that can be found in our Dashboard Library, which offers a great starting point.



If you have any issues with configuring this integration, or need to integrate with a service that is not currently listed, please contact our team. We will be happy to help you out, and develop new AWS integrations for you!

What is MetricFire?

MetricFire is a full-scale platform that provides infrastructure, system, and application monitoring using a suite of open-source tools. We will aggregate and store your data as time series metrics, which can be used to build custom dashboards and alerts. MetricFire takes away the burden of self-hosting your own monitoring solution, allowing you more time and freedom to work on your most important tasks.





MetricFire offers a complete ecosystem of end-to-end infrastructure monitoring, comprised of open-source Graphite and Grafana. MetricFire handles the aggregation, storage, and backups of your data, and offers alerting, team features, and API's for easy management of your monitoring environment. You can send server metrics using one of our agents, custom metrics from within your application code, and integration metrics from a variety of popular 3rd party services that we integrate with like Heroku, AWS, Azure, GCP, and many more!


Our Hosted Graphite product has improved upon standard Graphite to add data dimensionality, optimized storage, and offers additional tools and features that provide customers with a robust and well-rounded monitoring solution.


Benefits of Using MetricFire:

  • Simple, low-cost pricing
    A structured pricing model based on total unique time series metrics allows you to work within your budget. The predictability and transparent pricing allows you to keep your costs in check and plan for the future. 1 metric is 1 metric regardless of the source, or requests sent to and from the metric namespace.
  • Easy-to-use dashboards
    Our Hosted Dashboards provide endless options for customizing your visualizations, and allow you to share dashboards with clients.
  • Responsive alerting
    Receive alert notifications quickly through Email, PagerDuty, Slack, Microsoft Teams, OpsGenie, and custom webhooks.
  • Freedom of customization
    Send custom application metrics through your code. Our Language Guide can help you update your codebase to send event metrics via socket connections.
  • Fantastic customer support
    Fast and friendly support is provided by engineers, for engineers, to get you set up quickly. Start a conversation with us through the chat bubble below!
  • Enterprise-ready
    Dedicated clusters for users that need their own environment with custom parameters. Please reach out to us for more information.
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