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Librato vs Prometheus: What are the differences?

What is Librato? Real-Time Cloud Monitoring. Librato provides a complete solution for monitoring and understanding the metrics that impact your business at all levels of the stack. We provide everything you need to visualize, analyze, and actively alert on the metrics that matter to you.

What is Prometheus? An open-source service monitoring system and time series database, developed by SoundCloud. 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.

Librato can be classified as a tool in the "Performance Monitoring" category, while Prometheus is grouped under "Monitoring Tools".

Some of the features offered by Librato are:

  • REST API accepts any metrics you define
  • Turnkey integration with AWS, Heroku, collectd, and more
  • Integrates with more than 100 open-source agents, and language bindings

On the other hand, Prometheus provides the following key features:

  • a multi-dimensional data model (timeseries defined by metric name and set of key/value dimensions)
  • a flexible query language to leverage this dimensionality
  • no dependency on distributed storage

"Easy setup" is the top reason why over 13 developers like Librato, while over 32 developers mention "Powerful easy to use monitoring" as the leading cause for choosing Prometheus.

Prometheus is an open source tool with 24.6K GitHub stars and 3.49K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Prometheus's open source repository on GitHub.

Uber Technologies, DigitalOcean, and Soundcloud are some of the popular companies that use Prometheus, whereas Librato is used by Product Hunt, Baremetrics, and Chargify. Prometheus has a broader approval, being mentioned in 235 company stacks & 84 developers stacks; compared to Librato, which is listed in 61 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

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Susmita Meher
Senior SRE at African Bank · | 4 upvotes · 301.3K views
Needs advice
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Prometheus
Graphite
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Grafana

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 · 105K views

You can look out for Prometheus Instrumentation (https://prometheus.io/docs/practices/instrumentation/) Client Library available in various languages https://prometheus.io/docs/instrumenting/clientlibs/ 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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Sunil Chaudhari
Needs advice
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Prometheus
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Metricbeat

Hi, We have a situation, where we are using Prometheus to get system metrics from PCF (Pivotal Cloud Foundry) platform. We send that as time-series data to Cortex via a Prometheus server and built a dashboard using Grafana. There is another pipeline where we need to read metrics from a Linux server using Metricbeat, CPU, memory, and Disk. That will be sent to Elasticsearch and Grafana will pull and show the data in a dashboard.

Is it OK to use Metricbeat for Linux server or can we use Prometheus?

What is the difference in system metrics sent by Metricbeat and Prometheus node exporters?

Regards, Sunil.

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Matthew Rothstein
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Prometheus

If you're already using Prometheus for your system metrics, then it seems like standing up Elasticsearch just for Linux host monitoring is excessive. The node_exporter is probably sufficient if you'e looking for standard system metrics.

Another thing to consider is that Metricbeat / ELK use a push model for metrics delivery, whereas Prometheus pulls metrics from each node it is monitoring. Depending on how you manage your network security, opting for one solution over two may make things simpler.

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Instana

Hi Sunil! Unfortunately, I don´t have much experience with Metricbeat so I can´t advise on the diffs with Prometheus...for Linux server, I encourage you to use Prometheus node exporter and for PCF, I would recommend using the instana tile (https://www.instana.com/supported-technologies/pivotal-cloud-foundry/). Let me know if you have further questions! Regards Jose

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Mat Jovanovic
Head of Cloud at Mats Cloud · | 3 upvotes · 269.1K views
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Datadog
Grafana
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Prometheus

We're looking for a Monitoring and Logging tool. It has to support AWS (mostly 100% serverless, Lambdas, SNS, SQS, API GW, CloudFront, Autora, etc.), as well as Azure and GCP (for now mostly used as pure IaaS, with a lot of cognitive services, and mostly managed DB). Hopefully, something not as expensive as Datadog or New relic, as our SRE team could support the tool inhouse. At the moment, we primarily use CloudWatch for AWS and Pandora for most on-prem.

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Datadog

I worked with Datadog at least one year and my position is that commercial tools like Datadog are the best option to consolidate and analyze your metrics. Obviously, if you can't pay the tool, the best free options are the mix of Prometheus with their Alert Manager and Grafana to visualize (that are complementary not substitutable). But I think that no use a good tool it's finally more expensive that use a not really good implementation of free tools and you will pay also to maintain its.

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Lucas Rincon
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Instana

this is quite affordable and provides what you seem to be looking for. you can see a whole thing about the APM space here https://www.apmexperts.com/observability/ranking-the-observability-offerings/

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Pros of Librato
Pros of Prometheus
  • 14
    Easy setup
  • 8
    Great visualization
  • 4
    Heroku integration
  • 3
    Free tier
  • 2
    Alerting
  • 43
    Powerful easy to use monitoring
  • 39
    Flexible query language
  • 32
    Dimensional data model
  • 26
    Alerts
  • 22
    Active and responsive community
  • 21
    Extensive integrations
  • 19
    Easy to setup
  • 12
    Beautiful Model and Query language
  • 7
    Easy to extend
  • 6
    Nice
  • 3
    Written in Go
  • 2
    Good for experimentation
  • 1
    Easy for monitoring

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Cons of Librato
Cons of Prometheus
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    • 11
      Just for metrics
    • 6
      Needs monitoring to access metrics endpoints
    • 5
      Bad UI
    • 3
      Not easy to configure and use
    • 2
      Requires multiple applications and tools
    • 2
      Written in Go
    • 2
      Supports only active agents
    • 1
      TLS is quite difficult to understand

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    What is Librato?

    Librato provides a complete solution for monitoring and understanding the metrics that impact your business at all levels of the stack. We provide everything you need to visualize, analyze, and actively alert on the metrics that matter to you.

    What is Prometheus?

    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.

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    How developers use Librato and Prometheus
    Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses
    Prometheus

    We primarily use Prometheus to gather metrics and statistics to display them in Grafana. Aside from that we poll Prometheus for our orchestration-solution "JCOverseer" to determine, which host is least occupied at the moment.

    Tom Staijen uses
    Prometheus

    Gather metrics from systems and applications. Evaluate alerting rules. Alerts are pushed to OpsGenie and Slack.

    Coolfront Technologies uses
    Librato

    Used to monitor Coolfront Mobile environment.

    Bùi Thanh uses
    Prometheus
    • Simple operation and easy to deploy.
    Endource uses
    Librato

    Tracking health metrics

    Roy Olsen uses
    Prometheus

    Predictive monitoring.