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The Cloudcast #263 - Monitoring Containers with Prometheus
August 11, 2016 Aaron Delp and Brian Gracely
Brian talks with Julius Volz (@juliusvolz; Co-Creator of Prometheus) about Project Prometheus, the challenges of monitoring containers, working within the CNCF and where the project will expand.

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Show Notes:
  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Our first guest from Germany. Give us a little bit of your background and how you got involved in creating Prometheus.
  • Topic 2 - Let’s talk about the basics of Prometheus. What are the core elements and what problems did you intend for it to solve? [From Prometheus homepage: “Prometheus is an open-source systems monitoring and alerting toolkit originally built at SoundCloud.”]
  • Topic 3 - Prometheus is part of the CNCF, which is also where Kubernetes resides, but it can work with lots of different frameworks. Is there a size of deployment where you’ve found that Prometheus starts to make sense?


  • Topic 5 - We’ve traditionally seen (larger) projects come out of a vendor (e.g. Google), into an open source community. Prometheus came out of SoundCloud, which is more of an end-user. How are the projects different in terms of getting community involvement and adoption?
  • Topic 6 - It’s still early in the project’s life, but have you heard of any Cloud projects that want to offer Prometheus-as-a-Service?
Feedback?
Brian talks with Julius Volz (@juliusvolz; Co-Creator of Prometheus) about Project Prometheus, the challenges of monitoring containers, working within the CNCF and where the project will expand.

Show Links:
Show Notes:
  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Our first guest from Germany. Give us a little bit of your background and how you got involved in creating Prometheus.
  • Topic 2 - Let’s talk about the basics of Prometheus. What are the core elements and what problems did you intend for it to solve? [From Prometheus homepage: “Prometheus is an open-source systems monitoring and alerting toolkit originally built at SoundCloud.”]
  • Topic 3 - Prometheus is part of the CNCF, which is also where Kubernetes resides, but it can work with lots of different frameworks. Is there a size of deployment where you’ve found that Prometheus starts to make sense?


  • Topic 5 - We’ve traditionally seen (larger) projects come out of a vendor (e.g. Google), into an open source community. Prometheus came out of SoundCloud, which is more of an end-user. How are the projects different in terms of getting community involvement and adoption?
  • Topic 6 - It’s still early in the project’s life, but have you heard of any Cloud projects that want to offer Prometheus-as-a-Service?
Feedback?
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