[nycbug-talk] Statistical Monitoring

H. G. tekronis at gmail.com
Wed Nov 5 23:29:39 EST 2008

On Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 11:03 AM, Matt Juszczak <matt at atopia.net> wrote:

> >>> Once you get ganglia up and running, all it will do is provide you
> >>> with statistics and it will be up to you to figure out a way to
> >>> collect and store them and then do something meaningful with them.
> The problem I have is I want TONS of graphs.  I want to graph our load
> balancer, our firewall, our CPU usage for specific processes across
> servers (apache, memcache, mysql, etc.), memory usage (free/available),
> mysql statistics (threads running, queries running, long running queries,
> average query time, seconds behind master, etc.), and much much more.  If
> I have all of these statistics being reported (and graphed), then is this
> something that reliably, a pull method can perform well?  I've used SNMP a
> lot to gather basic statistics, but I doubt I'd be able to get SNMP to
> broadcast what the current queries per second are on the local MySQL
> server easily (I know its possible - there's an SNMP module for MySQL, but
> I doubt its trivial).  Wouldn't something like this be better as a script
> running on ALL servers to gather the statistics and push those statistics
> to a centralized daemon of sorts running on the server?
> But since I also need to graph things that are snmp-based (for instance,
> our load balancer information can only be obtained via snmp), my thoughts
> are that using cacti is most likely the best option, but I'd have to use
> the custom-graph-with-scripts option more often.  Or, like I asked,
> perhaps using ganglia to push the statistics, and then running a script on
> the cacti server to convert the ganglia data into graphs?
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Two recommendations, one that I've tried and one that I haven't:

Zabbix, (http://www.zabbix.com), which is the former, and Munin (
http://munin.projects.linpro.no/), which is the latter.
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