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Prometheus vs Stackdriver: 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; Stackdriver: Monitoring, logging, and diagnostics for applications on Google Cloud Platform and AWS. Google Stackdriver provides powerful monitoring, logging, and diagnostics. It equips you with insight into the health, performance, and availability of cloud-powered applications, enabling you to find and fix issues faster.

Prometheus belongs to "Monitoring Tools" category of the tech stack, while Stackdriver can be primarily classified under "Cloud Monitoring".

Some of the features offered by Prometheus are:

  • a multi-dimensional data model (timeseries defined by metric name and set of key/value dimensions)
  • a flexible query language to leverage this dimensionality
  • no dependency on distributed storage

On the other hand, Stackdriver provides the following key features:

  • Monitoring
  • Logging
  • Diagnostics

"Powerful easy to use monitoring" is the primary reason why developers consider Prometheus over the competitors, whereas "Monitoring" was stated as the key factor in picking Stackdriver.

Prometheus is an open source tool with 25K GitHub stars and 3.56K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Prometheus's open source repository on GitHub.

Uber Technologies, Slack, and DigitalOcean are some of the popular companies that use Prometheus, whereas Stackdriver is used by Kalibrr, Nuuvem, and Verba. Prometheus has a broader approval, being mentioned in 243 company stacks & 85 developers stacks; compared to Stackdriver, which is listed in 58 company stacks and 18 developer stacks.

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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 Stackdriver?

Google Stackdriver provides powerful monitoring, logging, and diagnostics. It equips you with insight into the health, performance, and availability of cloud-powered applications, enabling you to find and fix issues faster.
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    What are some alternatives to Prometheus and Stackdriver?
    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 Stackdriver
    Joseph Irving
    Joseph Irving
    DevOps Engineer at uSwitch · | 4 upvotes · 28.6K views
    atuSwitchuSwitch
    Kubernetes
    Kubernetes
    Prometheus
    Prometheus
    Thanos
    Thanos

    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 · 556.7K views
    atUber TechnologiesUber Technologies
    Nagios
    Nagios
    Grafana
    Grafana
    Graphite
    Graphite
    Prometheus
    Prometheus

    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
    Sysdig
    Sysdig
    Kubernetes
    Kubernetes
    Prometheus
    Prometheus

    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 Stackdriver
    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 Cirrus Labs
    Cirrus Labs uses StackdriverStackdriver

    All monitoring, alerting and logging is powered by Stackdriver

    Avatar of Steren Giannini
    Steren Giannini uses StackdriverStackdriver

    client-side and server-side error reporting

    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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