Graph-explorer

A graphite dashboard that's different, from Vimeo

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Structures your metrics

The Graphite tree model is hard to organize and query, it lacks information and can be inflexible when building graphs. GE uses a multi-dimensional metric database so that your metrics like

servers.dfvimeodfs1.diskspace._srv_node_dfs10.byte_used
become structured, self-describing, tagged metrics:
{
    server=dfvimeodfs1
    plugin=diskspace
    mountpoint=_srv_node_dfs10
    unit=B
    type=used
    target_type=gauge
}
This enables a bunch of features that are otherwise not possible.

Compose graphs on the fly

Using simple GEQL queries you retrieve metrics, process and organize them into graphs. Graphs are never predefined because there's no need to hardcode metric names or graphite function calls.

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Shown above: powerful pattern search with tag filtering, regexes, equality checks, negation, etc.

Units

Every metric gets a standardized unit tag, so:

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Online aggregation

Choose one or more tag keys to combine targets by, and represent them as one metric. For example: show network traffic per interface, averaged across all servers and summed by type (rx and tx).

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Also shown here is averaging over any arbitrary timespan.

Group metrics into graphs

Group by arbitrary tag keys. For example: "group by server" show bytes used for all mountpoints on per-server graphs whereas "group by mountpoint" creates graphs per mountpoint, each showing the bytes used on each server by that mountpoint.

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Correlate with events

Integrates with anthracite for displaying annotated events. (Note: old screenshot, buggy positioning. Would love some help here)

Interactive graphs

realtime zooming, inspect datapoints, switch display mode, etc.

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More

  • Averaging over time & trending: Is the curve too jagged? Average it out over any timeframe
  • Dashboards, basically working with multiple queries at once
  • apply preferences by tag matching (for example use binary units for all graphs that show bytes related to memory and hard drives), or show GET and PUT requests always in a fitting color, irrespective of dashboard or plugin
  • Discover all about graph-explorer

    Introduction to metrics 2.0 & Graph-Explorer


    view on Vimeo

    On the roadmap