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Prometheus vs RRDtool: What are the differences?

Prometheus: An open-source service monitoring system and time series database, developed by SoundCloud. 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; RRDtool: High performance data logging and graphing system for time series data. RRDtool lets you log and analyze the data you gather from all kinds of data-sources (DS). The data analysis part of RRDtool is based on the ability to quickly generate graphical representations of the data values collected over a definable time period.

Prometheus and RRDtool belong to "Monitoring Tools" category of the tech stack.

"Powerful easy to use monitoring" is the top reason why over 32 developers like Prometheus, while over 2 developers mention "Do one thing and do it well" as the leading cause for choosing RRDtool.

Prometheus and RRDtool are both open source tools. It seems that Prometheus with 25K GitHub stars and 3.55K forks on GitHub has more adoption than RRDtool with 571 GitHub stars and 199 GitHub forks.

What is 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.

What is RRDtool?

RRDtool lets you log and analyze the data you gather from all kinds of data-sources (DS). The data analysis part of RRDtool is based on the ability to quickly generate graphical representations of the data values collected over a definable time period.
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      What are some alternatives to Prometheus and RRDtool?
      Grafana
      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.
      New Relic
      New Relic is the all-in-one web application performance tool that lets you see performance from the end user experience, through servers, and down to the line of application code.
      InfluxDB
      InfluxDB is a scalable datastore for metrics, events, and real-time analytics. It has a built-in HTTP API so you don't have to write any server side code to get up and running. InfluxDB is designed to be scalable, simple to install and manage, and fast to get data in and out.
      Datadog
      Datadog is the leading service for cloud-scale monitoring. It is used by IT, operations, and development teams who build and operate applications that run on dynamic or hybrid cloud infrastructure. Start monitoring in minutes with Datadog!
      Splunk
      Splunk Inc. provides the leading platform for Operational Intelligence. Customers use Splunk to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine data.
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      Decisions about Prometheus and RRDtool
      Joseph Irving
      Joseph Irving
      DevOps Engineer at uSwitch · | 4 upvotes · 31.7K views
      atuSwitchuSwitch
      Thanos
      Thanos
      Prometheus
      Prometheus
      Kubernetes
      Kubernetes

      We recently implemented Thanos alongside Prometheus into our Kubernetes clusters, we had previously used a variety of different metrics systems and we wanted to make life simpler for everyone by just picking one.

      Prometheus seemed like an obvious choice due to its powerful querying language, native Kubernetes support and great community. However we found it somewhat lacking when it came to being highly available, something that would be very important if we wanted this to be the single source of all our metrics.

      Thanos came along and solved a lot of these problems. It allowed us to run multiple Prometheis without duplicating metrics, query multiple Prometheus clusters at once, and easily back up data and then query it. Now we have a single place to go if you want to view metrics across all our clusters, with many layers of redundancy to make sure this monitoring solution is as reliable and resilient as we could reasonably make it.

      If you're interested in a bit more detail feel free to check out the blog I wrote on the subject that's linked.

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      Conor Myhrvold
      Conor Myhrvold
      Tech Brand Mgr, Office of CTO at Uber · | 10 upvotes · 666.7K views
      atUber TechnologiesUber Technologies
      Prometheus
      Prometheus
      Graphite
      Graphite
      Grafana
      Grafana
      Nagios
      Nagios

      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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      Raja Subramaniam Mahali
      Raja Subramaniam Mahali
      Prometheus
      Prometheus
      Kubernetes
      Kubernetes
      Sysdig
      Sysdig

      We have Prometheus as a monitoring engine as a part of our stack which contains Kubernetes cluster, container images and other open source tools. Also, I am aware that Sysdig can be integrated with Prometheus but I really wanted to know whether Sysdig or sysdig+prometheus will make better monitoring solution.

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      How developers use Prometheus and RRDtool
      Avatar of Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
      Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses PrometheusPrometheus

      We primarily use Prometheus to gather metrics and statistics to display them in Grafana. Aside from that we poll Prometheus for our orchestration-solution "JCOverseer" to determine, which host is least occupied at the moment.

      Avatar of Tom Staijen
      Tom Staijen uses PrometheusPrometheus

      Gather metrics from systems and applications. Evaluate alerting rules. Alerts are pushed to OpsGenie and Slack.

      Avatar of HyVive
      HyVive uses PrometheusPrometheus

      We primarily use Prometheus to gather metrics and statistics to display them in Grafana.

      Avatar of Bùi Thanh
      Bùi Thanh uses PrometheusPrometheus
      • Simple operation and easy to deploy.
      Avatar of Roy Olsen
      Roy Olsen uses PrometheusPrometheus

      Predictive monitoring.

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