Graphite is open source software that provides real-time visualization and storage of numeric time-series data on an enterprise level.
Graphite consists of a storage backend and a web-based visualization frontend. Client applications send streams of numeric time-series data to the Graphite backend (called carbon), where it gets stored in fixed-size database files similar in design to RRD. The web frontend provides 2 user interfaces for visualizing this data in graphs as well as a simple URL-based API for direct graph generation.
Graphite’s design is focused on providing simple interfaces (both to users and applications), real-time visualization, high-availability, and enterprise scalability.
- Stores numeric time-series data.
- Renders graphs of this data on demand.
- 3 components:
- carbon – a Twisted daemon that listens for time-series data.
- whisper – a simple database library for storing time-series data (similar in design to RRD).
- graphite webapp – A Django webapp that renders graphs on-demand using Cairo.
- Charts values and displays them as time series data to which can be applied apply filters and functions.
- Real-time graphs.
- Allows for dragging and dropping of graphs on top of each other.
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