[erlang-questions] System monitoring and logging

Andrew Stone stondage123@REDACTED
Wed Mar 19 16:40:13 CET 2008

Hi Peter,

You can look into Netconf as a substitute for SNMP. That might be a better solution. There is also a product from Tail-f called confd that provides all sorts of north bound monitoring including both SNMP and Netconf.  However I'd also be interested in hearing other ways to monitor live systems if anyone else has any ideas.


----- Original Message ----
From: Peter Mechlenborg <peter@REDACTED>
To: erlang-questions@REDACTED
Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 9:54:43 AM
Subject: [erlang-questions] System monitoring and logging


For the last 18 month or so I have been working on an interesting  
project written in Erlang.  Over the last months it has become clear  
to me that we need a more structured way of monitoring our systems.   
Right now we basically just have a log file with lots of different  
information.  I'm starting to realize that monitoring and visibility  
are important properties that should be an integrated part of our  
architecture; not an add-on.  I also think this applies to almost all  
server systems, especially those with high demands on fault  
tolerance, so this issue must have been solved many times before in  
Erlang, or am I wrong here?

We have started looking into SNMP, and this seems promising, even  
though it seem a bit old (I get the impression that SNMP where hot 10  
years ago, but is kind of phasing out right now.  Is this correct?)  
and rigid.  I have not been able to find any alternatives to SNMP, do  
there exist any?  I would really like some feedback on how you guys  
handle monitoring and logging on the systems you develop and operate,  
do you use SNMP, some other framework, nothing, or something home grown.

Have fun,

   --  Peter Mechlenborg

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