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Graphite vs NetData: What are the differences?

Graphite: A highly scalable real-time graphing system. Graphite does two things: 1) Store numeric time-series data and 2) Render graphs of this data on demand; NetData: Real-time performance monitoring, done right!. Netdata is distributed, real-time, performance and health monitoring for systems and applications. It is a highly optimized monitoring agent you install on all your systems and containers.

Graphite and NetData can be categorized as "Monitoring" tools.

"Render any graph" is the top reason why over 14 developers like Graphite, while over 8 developers mention "Free" as the leading cause for choosing NetData.

Graphite and NetData are both open source tools. It seems that NetData with 39.4K GitHub stars and 3.48K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Graphite with 4.59K GitHub stars and 1.2K GitHub forks.

Uber Technologies, Twitch, and hike are some of the popular companies that use Graphite, whereas NetData is used by Augmedix, Kistriver, and Veaver Inc.. Graphite has a broader approval, being mentioned in 97 company stacks & 21 developers stacks; compared to NetData, which is listed in 8 company stacks and 11 developer stacks.

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Susmita Meher
Senior SRE at African Bank · | 4 upvotes · 516K views
Needs advice

Looking for a tool which can be used for mainly dashboard purposes, but here are the main requirements:

  • Must be able to get custom data from AS400,
  • Able to display automation test results,
  • System monitoring / Nginx API,
  • Able to get data from 3rd parties DB.

Grafana is almost solving all the problems, except AS400 and no database to get automation test results.

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Sakti Behera
Technical Specialist, Software Engineering at AT&T · | 3 upvotes · 308.1K views

You can look out for Prometheus Instrumentation ( Client Library available in various languages to create the custom metric you need for AS4000 and then Grafana can query the newly instrumented metric to show on the dashboard.

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Pros of Graphite
Pros of Netdata
  • 16
    Render any graph
  • 9
    Great functions to apply on timeseries
  • 7
    Well supported integrations
  • 5
    Includes event tracking
  • 2
    Rolling aggregation makes storage managable
  • 16
  • 12
    Easy setup
  • 10
    Graphs are interactive
  • 8
    Well maintained on github
  • 7
    Montiors datasbases
  • 6
    Monitors nginx, redis, logs
  • 3
    Can submit metrics to Time Series databases
  • 2
    Open source
  • 2
    Netdata is also a statsd server
  • 1
  • 1
    Written in C
  • 0
  • 0
    Easy Alert Setop

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What is Graphite?

Graphite does two things: 1) Store numeric time-series data and 2) Render graphs of this data on demand

What is Netdata?

Netdata democratizes monitoring, empowering IT teams to know more about their infrastructure, enabling them to quickly identify and troubleshoot issues, collaborate to solve problems, and make data-driven decisions to move business forward.

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What are some alternatives to Graphite and Netdata?
Grafana is a general purpose dashboard and graph composer. It's focused on providing rich ways to visualize time series metrics, mainly though graphs but supports other ways to visualize data through a pluggable panel architecture. It currently has rich support for for Graphite, InfluxDB and OpenTSDB. But supports other data sources via plugins.
Graphene is a Python library for building GraphQL schemas/types fast and easily.
A web application microframework for Rust
Prometheus is a systems and service monitoring system. It collects metrics from configured targets at given intervals, evaluates rule expressions, displays the results, and can trigger alerts if some condition is observed to be true.
Kibana is an open source (Apache Licensed), browser based analytics and search dashboard for Elasticsearch. Kibana is a snap to setup and start using. Kibana strives to be easy to get started with, while also being flexible and powerful, just like Elasticsearch.
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