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Alternatives to collectd

StatsD, Nagios, Ganglia, Fluentd, and Prometheus are the most popular alternatives and competitors to collectd.
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What is collectd and what are its top alternatives?

collectd gathers statistics about the system it is running on and stores this information. Those statistics can then be used to find current performance bottlenecks (i.e. performance analysis) and predict future system load (i.e. capacity planning). Or if you just want pretty graphs of your private server and are fed up with some homegrown solution you're at the right place, too.
collectd is a tool in the Monitoring Tools category of a tech stack.
collectd is an open source tool with 2.7K GitHub stars and 1.2K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to collectd's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to collectd

  • StatsD

    StatsD

    It is a network daemon that runs on the Node.js platform and listens for statistics, like counters and timers, sent over UDP or TCP and sends aggregates to one or more pluggable backend services (e.g., Graphite). ...

  • Nagios

    Nagios

    Nagios is a host/service/network monitoring program written in C and released under the GNU General Public License. ...

  • Ganglia

    Ganglia

    It is a scalable distributed monitoring system for high-performance computing systems such as clusters and Grids. It is based on a hierarchical design targeted at federations of clusters. ...

  • Fluentd

    Fluentd

    Fluentd collects events from various data sources and writes them to files, RDBMS, NoSQL, IaaS, SaaS, Hadoop and so on. Fluentd helps you unify your logging infrastructure. ...

  • Prometheus

    Prometheus

    Prometheus is a systems and service monitoring system. It collects metrics from configured targets at given intervals, evaluates rule expressions, displays the results, and can trigger alerts if some condition is observed to be true. ...

  • Munin

    Munin

    Munin is a networked resource monitoring tool that can help analyze resource trends and "what just happened to kill our performance?" problems. It is designed to be very plug and play. A default installation provides a lot of graphs with almost no work. ...

  • Telegraf

    Telegraf

    It is an agent for collecting, processing, aggregating, and writing metrics. Design goals are to have a minimal memory footprint with a plugin system so that developers in the community can easily add support for collecting metrics. ...

  • Metricbeat

    Metricbeat

    Collect metrics from your systems and services. From CPU to memory, Redis to NGINX, and much more, It is a lightweight way to send system and service statistics. ...

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StatsD

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Simple daemon for easy stats aggregation
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PROS OF STATSD
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    Open source
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    Single responsibility
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    Efficient wire format
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    Loads of integrations
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    Handles aggregation
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    Many implementations
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    Scales well
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    Simple to use
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    NodeJS
CONS OF STATSD
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    No authentication; cannot be used over Internet

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Łukasz Korecki
CTO & Co-founder at EnjoyHQ · | 7 upvotes · 249.1K views

We use collectd because of it's low footprint and great capabilities. We use it to monitor our Google Compute Engine machines. More interestingly we setup collectd as StatsD replacement - all our Clojure services push application-level metrics using our own metrics library and collectd pushes them to Stackdriver

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A huge part of our continuous deployment practices is to have granular alerting and monitoring across the platform. To do this, we run Sentry on-premise, inside our VPCs, for our event alerting, and we run an awesome observability and monitoring system consisting of StatsD, Graphite and Grafana. We have dashboards using this system to monitor our core subsystems so that we can know the health of any given subsystem at any moment. This system ties into our PagerDuty rotation, as well as alerts from some of our Amazon CloudWatch alarms (we’re looking to migrate all of these to our internal monitoring system soon).

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Nagios

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Complete monitoring and alerting for servers, switches, applications, and services
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PROS OF NAGIOS
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    It just works
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    The standard
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    Customizable
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    The Most flexible monitoring system
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    Huge stack of free checks/plugins to choose from
CONS OF NAGIOS
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    Conor Myhrvold
    Tech Brand Mgr, Office of CTO at Uber · | 14 upvotes · 2.9M views

    Why we spent several years building an open source, large-scale metrics alerting system, M3, built for Prometheus:

    By late 2014, all services, infrastructure, and servers at Uber emitted metrics to a Graphite stack that stored them using the Whisper file format in a sharded Carbon cluster. We used Grafana for dashboarding and Nagios for alerting, issuing Graphite threshold checks via source-controlled scripts. While this worked for a while, expanding the Carbon cluster required a manual resharding process and, due to lack of replication, any single node’s disk failure caused permanent loss of its associated metrics. In short, this solution was not able to meet our needs as the company continued to grow.

    To ensure the scalability of Uber’s metrics backend, we decided to build out a system that provided fault tolerant metrics ingestion, storage, and querying as a managed platform...

    https://eng.uber.com/m3/

    (GitHub : https://github.com/m3db/m3)

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    Ganglia

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    Scalable distributed monitoring system
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    PROS OF GANGLIA
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      CONS OF GANGLIA
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        Fluentd

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        Unified logging layer
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        PROS OF FLUENTD
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          Open-source
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          Great for Kubernetes node container log forwarding
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          Lightweight
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          Easy
        CONS OF FLUENTD
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          Prometheus

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          An open-source service monitoring system and time series database, developed by SoundCloud
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          PROS OF PROMETHEUS
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            Powerful easy to use monitoring
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            Flexible query language
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            Dimensional data model
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            Alerts
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            Active and responsive community
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            Extensive integrations
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            Easy to setup
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            Beautiful Model and Query language
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            Easy to extend
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            Nice
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            Written in Go
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            Good for experimentation
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            Easy for monitoring
          CONS OF PROMETHEUS
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            Just for metrics
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            Bad UI
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            Needs monitoring to access metrics endpoints
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            Not easy to configure and use
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            Supports only active agents
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            Written in Go
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            Requires multiple applications and tools
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            TLS is quite difficult to understand

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          Conor Myhrvold
          Tech Brand Mgr, Office of CTO at Uber · | 14 upvotes · 2.9M views

          Why we spent several years building an open source, large-scale metrics alerting system, M3, built for Prometheus:

          By late 2014, all services, infrastructure, and servers at Uber emitted metrics to a Graphite stack that stored them using the Whisper file format in a sharded Carbon cluster. We used Grafana for dashboarding and Nagios for alerting, issuing Graphite threshold checks via source-controlled scripts. While this worked for a while, expanding the Carbon cluster required a manual resharding process and, due to lack of replication, any single node’s disk failure caused permanent loss of its associated metrics. In short, this solution was not able to meet our needs as the company continued to grow.

          To ensure the scalability of Uber’s metrics backend, we decided to build out a system that provided fault tolerant metrics ingestion, storage, and querying as a managed platform...

          https://eng.uber.com/m3/

          (GitHub : https://github.com/m3db/m3)

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          Matt Menzenski
          Senior Software Engineering Manager at PayIt · | 13 upvotes · 85.8K views

          Grafana and Prometheus together, running on Kubernetes , is a powerful combination. These tools are cloud-native and offer a large community and easy integrations. At PayIt we're using exporting Java application metrics using a Dropwizard metrics exporter, and our Node.js services now use the prom-client npm library to serve metrics.

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          Munin

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          PnP networked resource monitoring tool that can help to answer the what just happened to kill our performance
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          PROS OF MUNIN
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            Good defaults
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            Extremely fast to install
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            Alerts can trigger any command line program
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            Adheres to traditional Linux standards
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            Easy to write custom plugins
          CONS OF MUNIN
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            Telegraf

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            The plugin-driven server agent for collecting & reporting metrics
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            PROS OF TELEGRAF
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              Cohesioned stack for monitoring
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              One agent can work as multiple exporter with min hndlng
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              Open Source
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              Metrics
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              Supports custom plugins in any language
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              Many hundreds of plugins
            CONS OF TELEGRAF
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              Metricbeat

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              PROS OF METRICBEAT
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                Simple
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              CONS OF METRICBEAT
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                Sunil Chaudhari

                Hi, We have a situation, where we are using Prometheus to get system metrics from PCF (Pivotal Cloud Foundry) platform. We send that as time-series data to Cortex via a Prometheus server and built a dashboard using Grafana. There is another pipeline where we need to read metrics from a Linux server using Metricbeat, CPU, memory, and Disk. That will be sent to Elasticsearch and Grafana will pull and show the data in a dashboard.

                Is it OK to use Metricbeat for Linux server or can we use Prometheus?

                What is the difference in system metrics sent by Metricbeat and Prometheus node exporters?

                Regards, Sunil.

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