Sematext Open Sources Monitoring Agent
November 07, 2018
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Sematext is open-sourcing its Monitoring Agent.

The Agent enables users to collect metrics from a variety of sources in an easy, fully pluggable way. This can help anybody create monitoring integrations for technology stacks easier than ever before – no coding needed.

The Agent is free to use. It is not tied to our products and does not require a Sematext account.

How it works: the Agent collects metrics (using one of the existing integrations OR a custom one) from JMX, HTTP/JSON REST API, or SQL DB and sends them to anything that knows how to accept data sent via Influx Line Protocol – any InfluxDB database.

The Agent is pluggable so anyone can configure it to collect metrics from some other technology – one that the Agent is not already configured to collect – only with a few configs, no coding.

Sematext also created a series of “out of the box” integrations for monitoring Kafka, Cassandra, Elasticsearch, Solr, ClickHouse, and others, which are also open-source.

The agent also has a built-in profiler (for Java/JVM) and built-in distributed transaction traces (for JVM). On-demand profiling allows you to find performance bottlenecks in your own JVM-based applications or even any 3rd party JVM-based applications, while Distributed Transaction Tracing provides end-to-end visibility of request execution from the moment it enters your application and until it returns, even if execution involves multiple applications, servers, tiers, etc.

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