Monitoring Elasticsearch

With the much anticipated announcement of the Elasticsearch 1.0.0 release, we thought we’d mention that several of the features that you use within Circonus are powered by Elasticsearch behind the scenes.

We could never, in good conscience, run a product or service that we couldn’t extensively monitor. So, when it comes to monitoring things we say once again, “Yeah, we do that too.”

Adding elastic search telemetry collection in Circonus is as easy as selecting the Elasticsearch check type and entering the node name. What comes back is a plethora of statistics from the cluster node.

  "cluster_name": "elasticsearch",
  "nodes": {
    "zB3lYhArQJCJgJ5szVr4uA": {
      "timestamp": 1392415145096,
      "name": "Hawkeye II",
      "transport_address": "inet[/]",
      "host": "",
      "indices": {
        "docs": {
          "count": 0,
          "deleted": 0
        "store": {
          "size_in_bytes": 0,
          "throttle_time_in_millis": 0
        "indexing": {
          "index_total": 0,
          "index_time_in_millis": 0,
          "index_current": 0,
          "delete_total": 0,
          "delete_time_in_millis": 0,

On an instance here, 382 gratuitous lines of JSON ensue all of which we turn into metrics for trending and alerting.

We use this to track the inserts and deletes and the searches performed on each each node:

We’d also like to give a shout out to the Elasticsearch crew for their successful release. As “metrics people” I’m pleased to see that the old “*_time” metrics that were not easily machine readable have gone the way of the Dodo and “*_time_in_millis_” style metrics have prevailed. You all made the most of the breaking 1.0.0 opportunity to break things is a good way!