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Graphite vs Pencil: What are the differences?

What is Graphite? A highly scalable real-time graphing system. Graphite does two things: 1) Store numeric time-series data and 2) Render graphs of this data on demand.

What is Pencil? A Microframework Inspired by Flask for Rust. A web application microframework for Rust.

Graphite belongs to "Monitoring Tools" category of the tech stack, while Pencil can be primarily classified under "Microframeworks (Backend)".

Graphite and Pencil are both open source tools. Graphite with 4.63K GitHub stars and 1.21K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Pencil with 872 GitHub stars and 42 GitHub forks.

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Susmita Meher
Senior SRE at African Bank | 4 upvotes 路 580.2K views
Needs advice

Looking for a tool which can be used for mainly dashboard purposes, but here are the main requirements:

  • Must be able to get custom data from AS400,
  • Able to display automation test results,
  • System monitoring / Nginx API,
  • Able to get data from 3rd parties DB.

Grafana is almost solving all the problems, except AS400 and no database to get automation test results.

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Sakti Behera
Technical Specialist, Software Engineering at AT&T | 3 upvotes 路 369.2K views

You can look out for Prometheus Instrumentation ( Client Library available in various languages to create the custom metric you need for AS4000 and then Grafana can query the newly instrumented metric to show on the dashboard.

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Pros of Pencil
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    Render any graph
  • 9
    Great functions to apply on timeseries
  • 8
    Well supported integrations
  • 6
    Includes event tracking
  • 3
    Rolling aggregation makes storage managable
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    What is Graphite?

    Graphite does two things: 1) Store numeric time-series data and 2) Render graphs of this data on demand

    What is Pencil?

    A web application microframework for Rust

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    What are some alternatives to Graphite and Pencil?
    Grafana is a general purpose dashboard and graph composer. It's focused on providing rich ways to visualize time series metrics, mainly though graphs but supports other ways to visualize data through a pluggable panel architecture. It currently has rich support for for Graphite, InfluxDB and OpenTSDB. But supports other data sources via plugins.
    Graphene is a Python library for building GraphQL schemas/types fast and easily.
    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.
    Kibana is an open source (Apache Licensed), browser based analytics and search dashboard for Elasticsearch. Kibana is a snap to setup and start using. Kibana strives to be easy to get started with, while also being flexible and powerful, just like Elasticsearch.
    Nagios is a host/service/network monitoring program written in C and released under the GNU General Public License.
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