vSphere Performance data – New vSphere plugin for Telegraf

Recently there was a new release of Telegraf, a monitoring agent from the guys that built InfluxDB. This new version, 1.8.0, comes with a plugin for vSphere which I’m pretty excited about!

Previously I’ve been testing Telegraf for monitoring some Linux VMs and also my InfluxDB servers and the agent works as expected and it’s as easy to use as the other products in the TICK stack from Influx.

If you’ve followed my blog series about building a monitoring solution for vSphere and other infrastructure components you know that I’ve pulled metrics with PowerCLI scripts. With this new plugin to Telegraf I want to see if I can use this as a replacement.… continue reading

Chronograf dashboard

Exploring the TICK stack

For those of you that have read my blog you probably know I’ve done a series on performance monitoring infrastructure with the help of InfluxDB.

InfluxDB is a part of the TICK stack delivered by InfluxData. All components are open-sourced and available. The TICK stack consists of, Telegraf, InfluxDB, Chronograf and Kapacitor.

This post will do a quick review and some examples on how I have started exploring them in my Performance monitoring project.

To start of the TICK stack is documentated at docs.influxdata.com. The product documentation is very good and gives a lot of insight into how to get started with the products.… continue reading

Some InfluxDB gotcha’s

If you’ve followed my vSphere performance data blog series you probably have noted that I used InfluxDB as the database for storing the performance data.

With over 4 months of performance data in the InfluxDB I’ve picked up some gotcha’s along the way (there’s probably more lying around which I’ve not come over yet).

In this blog post I’ll outline what I’ve learned so far

(Save) Disk space

One of them is of course, and this is an obvious one, the amount of data and the corresponding disk space needed to store it.

Although InfluxDB is very good at compressing your data and saving a lot of space doing that it depends on you to do the right choices on how you write your data.… continue reading