Google Cloud monitoring with Netdata

What is GCP?

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is a suite of cloud computing services that runs on Google’s infrastructure. It offers a range of services including compute, storage, networking, big data, machine learning, and more. GCP provides a variety of tools and services to help developers and businesses build, manage, and scale applications on the cloud. With GCP, customers can leverage Google’s powerful infrastructure and sophisticated data analytics capabilities to build, deploy, and scale applications quickly and effectively. GCP also offers features such as managed databases, serverless computing, and more.

Install Netdata on GCP

Netdata is fully compatible with Google Cloud Platform (GCP). You can install Netdata on cloud instances to monitor the apps/services running there, or use multiple instances in a parent-child streaming configuration.

  1. Sign up to
  2. You will be presented with an empty space, and a prompt to “Connect Nodes” with the install command for each platform
  3. Select the platform you want to install Netdata to, copy and paste the script into your node’s terminal, and run it

You can add one or more VMs or the entire Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) Cluster on Netdata Cloud and monitor 100s of 1000s of system level and application metrics with zero configuration. All the GCP VMs (or the GKE Cluster) will show up on the Nodes tab. Nodes View

What GCP metrics are important to monitor - and why?

Like with any cloud solution, it is absolutely essential to monitor the GCP system level metrics to keep a tab on the Cloud resources being utilised in addition to Operational and Performance metrics from the applications running on the Cloud.

  1. Infrastructure monitoring: Monitor the underlying infrastructure of the cloud environment, such as the hardware, software, and networks that make up the cloud.
  2. Availability Monitoring: Ensure that applications and services are available and accessible to users.
  3. Performance monitoring: Ensure that applications are running smoothly by tracking resource usage over time such as CPU utilization and memory consumption and help optimize the cloud environment for better performance while reducing costs.
  4. Security monitoring: Cloud security is crucial and thus monitoring for potential threats is a must. Security monitoring tools can help detect malicious activity such as data breaches, unauthorized access attempts, DDoS attacks, and more.
  5. Capacity monitoring: Ensure that there is enough capacity to handle the workload without any performance issues and handle changes in workloads.
  6. Usage Monitoring: Usage monitoring helps businesses understand how their cloud resources are being used and by whom to make decisions about usage policies, cost optimization strategies, and more.

GCP monitoring with Netdata

The Google Cloud Operations Suite, Google Cloud’s Operations Suite (formerly Stackdriver) is a suite of cloud-based tools for monitoring, logging, and managing applications, services, and infrastructure. It’s designed to help organizations and developers manage their applications and infrastructure, from the cloud and on-premises, in a more efficient way. While these features are incredibly powerful and can be extremely helpful for businesses, they come at a big cost. Additionally, the pricing structure can be complex, with different features and metrics having different costs. This brings in the need for organizations to look at an alternative monitoring solution.

Netdata is a comprehensive monitoring solution and you can monitor and troubleshoot various aspects of your infrastructure including servers, VMs, Network, Disks, K8s, wide variety of applications (databases, gateways, web servers etc) with zero configuration, out of the box.

Troubleshooting with Netdata

Netdata offers powerful tools to optimize your troubleshooting and solve your response time issues faster than ever. Finding the proverbial needle in the haystack is a lot easier with Netdata.

These tools can be of great help identifying and revealing anomalies in your infrastructure and to understand interdependencies among infrastructure components. For example, you can see how CPU utilization affects response time, how disk throughput affects database queries, how network bandwidth affects web requests etc.

You can also see how different applications interact with each other on the same server or across different servers. By correlating application metrics and server metrics you can identify root causes, troubleshoot problems, optimize performance, improve availability, enhance security etc on your infrastructure.

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