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collectd/cassandra 🔗

Monitor Type: collectd/cassandra (Source)

Accepts Endpoints: Yes

Multiple Instances Allowed: Yes

Overview 🔗

Monitors Cassandra using the Collectd GenericJMX plugin. This is essentially a wrapper around the collectd-genericjmx monitor that comes with a set of predefined MBean definitions that a standard Cassandra deployment will expose.

Use this integration to monitor the following types of information from Cassandra nodes:

  • read/write/range-slice requests
  • read/write/range-slice errors (timeouts and unavailable)
  • read/write/range-slice latency (median, 99th percentile, maximum)
  • compaction activity
  • hint activity

Supports Cassandra 2.0.10+.

Configuration 🔗

To activate this monitor in the Smart Agent, add the following to your agent config:

monitors:  # All monitor config goes under this key
 - type: collectd/cassandra
   ...  # Additional config

For a list of monitor options that are common to all monitors, see Common Configuration.

Config option Required Type Description
host yes string Host to connect to -- JMX must be configured for remote access and accessible from the agent
port yes integer JMX connection port (NOT the RMI port) on the application. This correponds to the com.sun.management.jmxremote.port Java property that should be set on the JVM when running the application.
name no string
serviceName no string This is how the service type is identified in the SignalFx UI so that you can get built-in content for it. For custom JMX integrations, it can be set to whatever you like and metrics will get the special property sf_hostHasService set to this value.
serviceURL no string The JMX connection string. This is rendered as a Go template and has access to the other values in this config. NOTE: under normal circumstances it is not advised to set this string directly - setting the host and port as specified above is preferred. (default: service:jmx:rmi:///jndi/rmi://{{.Host}}:{{.Port}}/jmxrmi)
instancePrefix no string Prefixes the generated plugin instance with prefix. If a second instancePrefix is specified in a referenced MBean block, the prefix specified in the Connection block will appear at the beginning of the plugin instance, and the prefix specified in the MBean block will be appended to it
username no string Username to authenticate to the server
password no string User password to authenticate to the server
customDimensions no map of strings Takes in key-values pairs of custom dimensions at the connection level.
mBeansToCollect no list of strings A list of the MBeans defined in mBeanDefinitions to actually collect. If not provided, then all defined MBeans will be collected.
mBeansToOmit no list of strings A list of the MBeans to omit. This will come handy in cases where only a few MBeans need to omitted from the default list
mBeanDefinitions no map of objects (see below) Specifies how to map JMX MBean values to metrics. If using a specific service monitor such as cassandra, kafka, or activemq, they come pre-loaded with a set of mappings, and any that you add in this option will be merged with those. See collectd GenericJMX for more details.

The nested mBeanDefinitions config object has the following fields:

Config option Required Type Description
objectName no string Sets the pattern which is used to retrieve MBeans from the MBeanServer. If more than one MBean is returned you should use the instanceFrom option to make the identifiers unique
instancePrefix no string Prefixes the generated plugin instance with prefix
instanceFrom no list of strings The object names used by JMX to identify MBeans include so called "properties" which are basically key-value-pairs. If the given object name is not unique and multiple MBeans are returned, the values of those properties usually differ. You can use this option to build the plugin instance from the appropriate property values. This option is optional and may be repeated to generate the plugin instance from multiple property values
values no list of objects (see below) The value blocks map one or more attributes of an MBean to a value list in collectd. There must be at least one value block within each MBean block
dimensions no list of strings

The nested values config object has the following fields:

Config option Required Type Description
type no string Sets the data set used within collectd to handle the values of the MBean attribute
table no bool Set this to true if the returned attribute is a composite type. If set to true, the keys within the composite type is appended to the type instance. (default: false)
instancePrefix no string Works like the option of the same name directly beneath the MBean block, but sets the type instance instead
instanceFrom no list of strings Works like the option of the same name directly beneath the MBean block, but sets the type instance instead
attribute no string Sets the name of the attribute from which to read the value. You can access the keys of composite types by using a dot to concatenate the key name to the attribute name. For example: “attrib0.key42”. If table is set to true, path must point to a composite type, otherwise it must point to a numeric type.
attributes no list of strings The plural form of the attribute config above. Used to derive multiple metrics from a single MBean.

Metrics 🔗

These are the metrics available for this monitor. Metrics that are categorized as container/host (default) are in bold and italics in the list below.

This monitor will also emit by default any metrics that are not listed below.

  • counter.cassandra.ClientRequest.RangeSlice.Latency.Count (cumulative)
    Count of range slice operations since server start. This typically indicates a server overload condition.

    If this value is increasing across the cluster then the cluster is too small for the application range slice load.

    If this value is increasing for a single server in a cluster, then one of the following conditions may be true:

    • one or more clients are directing more load to this server than the others
    • the server is experiencing hardware or software issues and may require maintenance.
  • counter.cassandra.ClientRequest.RangeSlice.Timeouts.Count (cumulative)
    Count of range slice timeouts since server start. This typically indicates a server overload condition.

    If this value is increasing across the cluster then the cluster is too small for the application range slice load.

    If this value is increasing for a single server in a cluster, then one of the following conditions may be true:

    • one or more clients are directing more load to this server than the others
    • the server is experiencing hardware or software issues and may require maintenance.
  • counter.cassandra.ClientRequest.RangeSlice.Unavailables.Count (cumulative)
    Count of range slice unavailables since server start. A non-zero value means that insufficient replicas were available to fulfil a range slice request at the requested consistency level.

    This typically means that one or more nodes are down. To fix this condition, any down nodes must be restarted, or removed from the cluster.

  • counter.cassandra.ClientRequest.Read.Latency.Count (cumulative)
    Count of read operations since server start

  • counter.cassandra.ClientRequest.Read.Timeouts.Count (cumulative)
    Count of read timeouts since server start. This typically indicates a server overload condition.

    If this value is increasing across the cluster then the cluster is too small for the application read load.

    If this value is increasing for a single server in a cluster, then one of the following conditions may be true:

    • one or more clients are directing more load to this server than the others
    • the server is experiencing hardware or software issues and may require maintenance.
  • counter.cassandra.ClientRequest.Read.Unavailables.Count (cumulative)
    Count of read unavailables since server start. A non-zero value means that insufficient replicas were available to fulfil a read request at the requested consistency level. This typically means that one or more nodes are down. To fix this condition, any down nodes must be restarted, or removed from the cluster.

  • counter.cassandra.ClientRequest.Write.Latency.Count (cumulative)
    Count of write operations since server start.

  • counter.cassandra.ClientRequest.Write.Timeouts.Count (cumulative)
    Count of write timeouts since server start. This typically indicates a server overload condition.

    If this value is increasing across the cluster then the cluster is too small for the application write load.

    If this value is increasing for a single server in a cluster, then one of the following conditions may be true:

    • one or more clients are directing more load to this server than the others
    • the server is experiencing hardware or software issues and may require maintenance.
  • counter.cassandra.ClientRequest.Write.Unavailables.Count (cumulative)
    Count of write unavailables since server start. A non-zero value means that insufficient replicas were available to fulfil a write request at the requested consistency level.

    This typically means that one or more nodes are down. To fix this condition, any down nodes must be restarted, or removed from the cluster.

  • counter.cassandra.Compaction.TotalCompactionsCompleted.Count (cumulative)
    Number of compaction operations since node start. If this value does not increase steadily over time then the node may be experiencing problems completing compaction operations.

  • gauge.cassandra.ClientRequest.RangeSlice.Latency.50thPercentile (gauge)
    50th percentile (median) of Cassandra range slice latency. This value should be similar across all nodes in the cluster. If some nodes have higher values than the rest of the cluster then they may have more connected clients or may be experiencing heavier than usual compaction load.

  • gauge.cassandra.ClientRequest.RangeSlice.Latency.99thPercentile (gauge)
    99th percentile of Cassandra range slice latency. This value should be similar across all nodes in the cluster. If some nodes have higher values than the rest of the cluster then they may have more connected clients or may be experiencing heavier than usual compaction load.

  • gauge.cassandra.ClientRequest.RangeSlice.Latency.Max (gauge)
    Maximum Cassandra range slice latency

  • gauge.cassandra.ClientRequest.Read.Latency.50thPercentile (gauge)
    50th percentile (median) of Cassandra read latency. This value should be similar across all nodes in the cluster. If some nodes have higher values than the rest of the cluster then they may have more connected clients or may be experiencing heavier than usual compaction load.

  • gauge.cassandra.ClientRequest.Read.Latency.99thPercentile (gauge)
    99th percentile of Cassandra read latency. This value should be similar across all nodes in the cluster. If some nodes have higher values than the rest of the cluster then they may have more connected clients or may be experiencing heavier than usual compaction load.

  • gauge.cassandra.ClientRequest.Read.Latency.Max (gauge)
    Maximum Cassandra read latency

  • gauge.cassandra.ClientRequest.Write.Latency.50thPercentile (gauge)
    50th percentile (median) of Cassandra write latency. This value should be similar across all nodes in the cluster. If some nodes have higher values than the rest of the cluster then they may have more connected clients or may be experiencing heavier than usual compaction load.

  • gauge.cassandra.ClientRequest.Write.Latency.99thPercentile (gauge)
    99th percentile of Cassandra write latency. This value should be similar across all nodes in the cluster. If some nodes have higher values than the rest of the cluster then they may have more connected clients or may be experiencing heavier than usual compaction load.

  • gauge.cassandra.ClientRequest.Write.Latency.Max (gauge)
    Maximum Cassandra write latency

  • gauge.cassandra.Compaction.PendingTasks.Value (gauge)
    Number of compaction operations waiting to run. If this value is continually increasing then the node may be experiencing problems completing compaction operations.

  • gauge.cassandra.Storage.Load.Count (gauge)
    Storage used for Cassandra data in bytes. Use this metric to see how much storage is being used for data by a Cassandra node.

    The value of this metric is influenced by:

    • Total data stored into the database
    • compaction behavior
  • gauge.cassandra.Storage.TotalHints.Count (gauge)
    Total hints since node start. Indicates that write operations cannot be delivered to a node, usually because a node is down. If this value is increasing and all nodes are up then there may be some connectivity issue between nodes in the cluster.

  • gauge.cassandra.Storage.TotalHintsInProgress.Count (gauge)
    Total pending hints. Indicates that write operations cannot be delivered to a node, usually because a node is down. If this value is increasing and all nodes are up then there may be some connectivity issue between nodes in the cluster.

Group jvm 🔗

All of the following metrics are part of the jvm metric group. All of the non-default metrics below can be turned on by adding jvm to the monitor config option extraGroups:

  • gauge.jvm.threads.count (gauge)
    Number of JVM threads
  • gauge.loaded_classes (gauge)
    Number of classes loaded in the JVM
  • invocations (cumulative)
    Total number of garbage collection events
  • jmx_memory.committed (gauge)
    Amount of memory guaranteed to be available in bytes
  • jmx_memory.init (gauge)
    Amount of initial memory at startup in bytes
  • jmx_memory.max (gauge)
    Maximum amount of memory that can be used in bytes
  • jmx_memory.used (gauge)
    Current memory usage in bytes
  • total_time_in_ms.collection_time (cumulative)
    Amount of time spent garbage collecting in milliseconds

Non-default metrics (version 4.7.0+) 🔗

To emit metrics that are not default, you can add those metrics in the generic monitor-level extraMetrics config option. Metrics that are derived from specific configuration options that do not appear in the above list of metrics do not need to be added to extraMetrics.

To see a list of metrics that will be emitted you can run agent-status monitors after configuring this monitor in a running agent instance.