Running an online service isn't easy. Every day you make complex decisions about how to solve problems and often there is no right or wrong answer—just different ways with different results. On the infrastructure side, you have to weigh up where everything will be hosted: on a cloud service like AWS, or in your own data centres, or a combination of the two, or any number of other options.
Open source monitoring can be quite confusing for those who haven't spent a lot of time reading about the options. At Outlyer, we track the most popular standards and then offer wire-compatible endpoints. This helps new customers migrate onto Outlyer with very little effort, and it means we don't invent yet another proprietary standard and create vendor lock-in.
PLEASE NOTE: in February 2017, we rebranded and changed our name from Dataloop.IO to Outlyer. Our agent is still called “dataloop agent”, and relevant code reflects the old name (Dataloop) as well. Thank you for your patience as we update everything.
We had a request today from one of our customers to look into supporting tags on StatsD metrics in Outlyer. The answer was so surprisingly easy I thought I'd do a blog post about it.
We've been making our Grafana 3.0 plugin better so here's a list of the new things. They work in Outlyer today and most of this work benefits the DalmatinerDB open source database. We're aiming to polish up the Linux packages and docs for that by the end of this month.
The pull based architecture of Prometheus makes it quite hard to build a SaaS offering around it. Not many people will be either willing or able to open ports over the internet for scraping metrics. Equally, businesses based around running entire environments per customer fall more traditionally under managed services.
Grouping things up into easily deployable artifacts isn't a new concept. Most monitoring tools mature to the stage where you can import pre-baked configuration that helps speed up monitoring of services. We recently added a Packs Library to Dataloop that uses our unique plugin deployment technology to single click install monitoring for common services. On top of this we added auto-discovery to automate the installation of packs. So now you can get from no monitoring to a base coverage for your common services across thousands of hosts in a matter of minutes.