Graphite, Carbon and Diamond

by Álex 2012-11-06 19:30 talks graphite carbon diamond monitoring python pygrunn

Two days ago was my, sadly, last PyGrunn monthly meeting. Thanks to Bram now we know a little bit more about how to monitoring with Python applications.

Below you will find the notes that I take to the people that couldn’t assist to the talk. But they are only that, some notes, don’t expect to find a really cool story on them. I am pretty sure that the original slides made by Bram will help you.

Why graphite?

Some important companies are using it: Instragram, Etsy, Github, Kalooga (this is the company where Bram is working :).

It’s a project created by


Graphite : The tool that makes the graphs.

Carbon : Colects the statistics.

Whisper : Metrics RRD (Round Robin database).

Diamond : It’s the metrics collector, they are others: CollectD, Munin, Ganglia… Of course, you can develop yours.

How do you gate the data in?

  1. Create an HTTP connection to the server.
  2. Each line will be a data point.

If you want namespaces you can always use dots .. Example: pygrunn.load [load] [now].


Why don’t use statsd? It’s a layer for Graphite that you can use to keep your application running and send the data to statsd. If it can write it ok, if not, you have a problem.

The original implementation of StatsD is in Node.js but there are another projects that do it with C (StatsD-c) or python (Bucky) or -write your prefered language here-.



You can plot data with:


You can do funny things as:

Where is the data store?

They are stored in files, in case that you run out of space this data will be stored on the Carbon cache until something happen to it.a


You can filter results, for example mostDeviant (take a look to the slides to see the screenshots that show the use).

What’s also nice?

Sentry : Error caching middleware that you can run with your WSGI application to check the Exceptions and the stacktraces.

Shinken : It’s also written in python and it’s compatible with Nagios. It could be a good complement to Graphite to show some alerts when the thing are really wrong.

New Relic : It’s a Web Application Performance Management (APM (Application Performance Management).


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