Updates to your account diagnostics page

November 7, 2017

A few months back, we updated the account diagnostics page to include a graph showing the number of metrics created over the lifetime of your account. This gives you more visibility over how your account is growing and might prevent excessive use down the line. Recently, we’ve made two additional updates to this page, to give you a more immediate understanding of what's happening with your metrics. You’ll now see an additional view option, Metrics Treemap, and an additional panel, Busy Metrics Being Ratelimited. Below, we’ll briefly look at how they work and when they can be useful.

Visualise your usage hierarchy with Metric Treemap

You may have noticed that the Metrics section in your account now includes a Metric Treemap. Up to now if you were using, for example, 20,000 out of the available 40,000 metric names for your account, there was no easy way to understand how those 20,000 metrics were distributed — without manually looking through your entire metric tree. To avoid this, we’ve updated your account diagnostics page dashboard to include a Metric Treemap which acts as a visual representation of your tree of metric names and can be viewed one level at a time. It’s hierarchically structured, so the larger the rectangle, the more metrics under that “branch” of the tree. It’s also possible to look inside a particular rectangle by clicking on it, should you want to dig a little deeper.

An image of Hosted Graphite's Metric Treemap found under the Metrics tab in the side-navbar, showing a visual representation of metric names to show how metrics are distributed.

Additionally, a table at the bottom of the Tree shows an ordered list of the largest subtrees in the current view, limited to the thirty metrics with the highest sub-metrics. It can be used to explore which subtrees are the largest, helping you to trim your metric usage and keep costs down.  

Understand what data points have been limited with the Busy Metrics Being Rate-limited panel

We’ve written before about how we carefully limit the amount of data we accept from our users. We do this to protect our backend and to make sure one customer’s traffic can’t affect anyone else. As a result, if you send a high volume of data points to a single metric in a short period, you might be rate-limited. If this happens, it’s useful to know which metrics are responsible. The Busy Metrics panel lets you view these, with a breakdown of the specific metrics we’ve recently rate-limited due to too many data points for that exact metric name, should you need it.

A screenshot of Hosted Graphite's Account Diagnostics page under the Metrics tab on the side-mavbar showing certain metrics that are being dropped in precentage

In case you missed it…

We launched some other metric-related features recently too:

If you’re already a Hosted Graphite user, these new features will be immediately visible on your account diagnostics page. As always, we’d love your feedback—send us an email to: help@hostedgraphite.com. Or tweet us @HostedGraphite.


Charlie von Metzradt

Co-founder of Hosted Graphite, Software Engineer, huge nerd.

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