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Mackerel Overview

Mackerel is an elegantly simple and powerful service that employs the concept of "roles" to optimize management and monitoring of hosts. By running mackerel-agent on your hosts, you can manage any number of hosts using both Mackerel's web GUI and API to visualize the statuses of your hosts and applications with a high degree of detail and customization.

Here are a few of the main features you can expect with Mackerel.

Mackerel (on the web)

The following tasks and more can be done at (https://mackerel.io/):

  • View list of registered hosts.
  • Edit host information.
  • Manage and group hosts into services and roles.
  • Visualize hosts' resource information by role.
  • Visualize resource data for individual hosts.

mackerel-agent

mackerel-agent is a program that is installed on your hosts to periodically gather host information and metrics. That data is then sent to Mackerel where it is displayed in graphs to be managed and monitored.

Supported Environments

As of now, Mackerel and mackerel-agent have been verified to operate in the following environments:

  • Mackerel (web)
  • mackerel-agent
    • Linux
      • CentOS 5/6/7、Ubuntu 12.04LTS/14.04LTS、 Debian 6/7
      • However, Linux kernel version 2.6.23 or later
      • Aside from the above, the agent will probably be run on most Linux systems, however we do not give official support for them at this time.
    • Windows
      • Windows Server 2008 R2 and later 32-bit/64-bit environments
    • Additionally, mackerel-agent is especially well suited for public IaaS cloud-based systems such as Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Engine. (There may be reduced functionality on certain systems, such as those with specialized cloud network systems.)

Metric data retention

Mackerel saves metric data in a time series database. Data is saved in 1 minute intervals, and as time passes it is rounded into longer time intervals. The current data retention time intervals are as follows.

interval retention period
1 min 25 hours
5 min 21 days
1 hour 90 days
1 day after 90 days

This chart is only significant to data retention periods; this information doesn't apply to graph display time span.