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Integrate StatsD and circleci

Integrating StatsD and circleci with your monitoring system

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

What is StatsD?

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, Graphite and Prometheus monitoring.

What is circleci?

CircleCI is a continuous integration and delivery platform (CI/CD) that you can install in a private cloud or data centers.

After you authorize a software repository, such as GitHub or Bitbucket, as a project on circleci.com, every code change you make triggers automated tests in a clean container or VM. After the tests are complete, CircleCI notifies you via email of successes and failures. 

You can configure CircleCI to deploy code to various environments, including AWS CodeDeploy, AWS EC2 Container Service (ECS), AWS S3, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Microsoft Azure, and Heroku. You can deploy other cloud services using SSH or by installing the service's API client with your job configuration.

 

System administrators can gather metrics for monitoring their CircleCI installation for various environment variables, including installed Nomad clients and Docker metrics. Metrics collected by CircleCI include basic information, such as CPU or memory usage, and more advanced metrics, such as the number of executed builds or the number of internal errors. By recording and analyzing metrics, you can quickly detect incidents and abnormal behavior, retroactively understand infrastructure-wide issues, and scale computing resources dynamically.

With MetricFire, you can turbocharge your CircleCI monitoring to a new level. One useful method of monitoring the changes in your codebase is by adding annotations whenever your tests run. For example, by adding CircleCI annotations to your MetricFire graphs using a webhook, you can keep track of which passed tests have affected your system performance (negatively or positively). This method can help you prioritize what to fix first, as a highly negative impact should have top priority.

How to integrate StatsD and circleci with your monitoring system

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

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