Monitoring with Stackdriver

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Information about Monitoring with Stackdriver

Published on March 4, 2014

Author: nonsenso



A presentation on how we came to find Stackdriver for system and service monitoring, how we implemented it and how we use it on a day to day basis.

Monitoring with Stackdriver Or: How I Learned How to Stop Worrying and Dig Hosted Monitoring. denise stockman -

Mad Props Thanks to Coupa for hosting and to Stackdriver for sponsoring and to Advanced AWS for organizing.

Hi, I’m denise ● ● ● ● ● System Architect @ Maverix Biomics 18 years button pushing Musical Chair Champion Data center to cloud Early Stackdriver user & puppet module maintainer

What is Stackdriver? “Intelligent Monitoring for your AWS Infrastructure, Systems and App”

Agenda ● ● ● ● ● ● The Environment Selection Process Implementation Day to Day TODO Questions

A Diverse Stack

Further Context ● ● ● ● ● Green field! We treat instances like cattle* Modern and crusty backend services “Quaint” team Monitor & report system, service, event and application statistics in one place. * As much as possible

What to do for monitoring? Evaluate & Select ● In-house or hosted? ● Modern vs proven? ● Specialized vs general? ● Paid vs free?

Let’s Be Honest ● ● ● ● Not enough time Small environment More important work to do Everyone else is doing it

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner ● ● ● ● ● ● ● System & service metrics Alerting Custom metrics & annotations collectd agent Anomaly detection AWS integration & cloud friendly Cost per resource


Consistent Resource Naming Resource name format Tags for resources env, owner, purpose, version

● ● ● ● Installs base agent on all hosts Configures API key Includes plugins for supported services Auto-upgrades agent node /^dev-redis.*$/ { class { "stackdriver::redis": stackdriver_redis_port => 6379, stackdriver_redis_host => localhost, stackdriver_redis_timeout => 2000, } } Agent Deployment

● ● ● ● Create groups based on filtering criteria Dashboards auto-created for each group Groups used in custom dashboarding and alerting policies Set it once and fuggetaboutit* Groups


Day to Day Use

Custom Dashboards

Anomaly Detection

Event Correlation

Event Logging

curl -X POST -H "x-stackdriver-apikey: DOOOOWEEEEOOOO" -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '{"message":"Mind taking!", "annotated_by":"Mentok"}' Annotations

Ruby example customer_id = 31337 api_key = "DOOOOWEEEEOOOO" StackDriver.init customer_id, api_key redis = mindsTaken = redis.zcard("minds:taken") StackDriver.send_metric "mentok.minds.taken", mindsTaken, Custom Metrics

TODO.txt ● ● ● ● ● Expand app metrics with statsd Automate group creation & management Annotate orchestrated events Cloudwatch custom metrics Stackdriver @ our colo

Thanks! Questions? denise stockman

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