To integrate StatsD and webhooks with your monitoring system, please reach out to MetricFire. Book a demo with the MetricFire team to discuss integrating StatsD and webhooks 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.
Webhooks are user-defined HTTP callbacks triggered by an event, such as pushing code to a repository or posting a comment to a blog. They allow you to send data from one application to another whenever a specific event occurs. When an event is triggered, the source site makes an HTTP request to the URL configured for the webhook.
Webhooks are one of only a few methods available to allow web applications to exchange information with each other. At first, webhooks might seem like an API, but they are slightly different. Webhooks don't need to give a request to get a response, while APIs need to send a request to get a response. Webhooks let you receive, while APIs require you to retrieve. Think of it like API calls and polling need to knock on the door (requesting) to give that information to someone. Webhooks just simply throw that information at the door as there is no need to request permission.
There are many reasons to use webhooks. You could use a webhook to connect a payment gateway with your email marketing software to notify a customer by email if a payment bounces. You might use a webhook to send event data to external databases or data warehouses like Amazon's Redshift for further analysis. Or you could use webhooks to sync customer data between applications, such as when a user changes their email address. By using a webhook, you can ensure that the change is reflected in your CRM as well.
With MetricFire, you can use WebHooks in two different ways. First, they are useful for integrating metric data from various platforms and services, including CircleCi, Pingdom, Sentry, and more. Second, you can create WebHooks from within MetricFire to send notifications to applications and services that accept WebHooks.
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