What is M3?
A Prometheus and Graphite compatible metrics platform which includes a native distributed time series database, a highly dynamic and performant aggregation service, query engine and other supporting infrastructure.
M3 is a tool in the Monitoring Tools category of a tech stack.
M3 is an open source tool with 2.4K GitHub stars and 217 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to M3's open source repository on GitHub
Why developers like M3?
Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use M3
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- Prometheus Integration
- Graphite Integration
- Scalable Clusters (up to billions of metrics)
- Reliably Replicated
- Highly Compressed
- Highly Performant (hundreds of millions of writes per second)
- Arbitrary Time Precision
- Out of order writes
- Fully open source
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