One of Hosted Graphite’s customers is a proprietary trading firm that deals with global trading and exchanges. They monitor the TCP bandwidths on their global trading network, as well as their IT resources and systems. After more than a decade of using SolarWinds, they migrated to Hosted Graphite to get more monitoring functionality. Today they rely on Hosted Graphite as a trusted service to monitor, display and alert on all system metrics.
Before moving to Hosted Graphite they had been monitoring with SolarWinds for ten years. This was primarily because SolarWinds was offered by the company that built their network. They found SolarWinds to be a good solution, but the lack of control over their metrics was a noticeable pain-point.
After migrating to a new network engineering provider that did not offer a monitoring tool with the required functionalities, their network monitoring system went dark and the in-house team started to look for new solutions.
At first, they considered running their network monitoring in-house. Using the powerful functionality available on Linux, they already had access to a lot of network traffic information from their OS directly. However, the problem with using only Linux metrics was the lack of filtering, alerting, and notifications, in addition to Linux lacking sufficient visualizations. Ultimately this setup resulted in enormous quantities of data that were difficult to do anything with.
Their second option was to set up their own internal Graphite implementation. Setting up a basic working system was pretty easy, but unfeasible as a long-term solution due to how resource-intensive and time consuming it was.
To really run a production level Graphite monitoring system they would need a cluster-native solution - and that’s when they found Hosted Graphite. Immediately, they were able to see that the HG front-end was better than running either open-source Graphite or SolarWinds.
Hosted Graphite’s value proposition was right to the point - “yes, this is OSS and you can do it yourself, but aren’t you busy?”
Although Graphite is open source software, installing and maintaining it takes a ton of time and energy. The proprietary trading firm in question ultimately concluded that entrusting their monitoring to Hosted Graphite would be cheaper in the long run than attempting to do it on their own.
Now the company uses Hosted Graphite to monitor a variety of information guaranteeing all their systems are running smoothly:
The proprietary trading firm’s high degree of security on all of their systems means they have to be extremely careful with introducing any new software. Their security requirements dictate that all systems must be completely isolated from the Internet. Hosted Graphite is flexible enough to work through these challenges, while maintaining a secure transfer of metrics.
This customer needed to display dashboards in many locations so teammates can constantly access their data. They achieved this by setting up kiosks with Chromebooks to facilitate easy access. The team was pleased with how easy it is to get Hosted Graphite dashboards to display on just a chromebook and they love Hosted Graphite’s awesome front end design.
With Hosted Graphite, this proprietary trading firm found a clustered monitoring solution that is easy to use, enables them to monitor all of their servers, and accurately keeps track of how their network is being used. Ultimately they concluded that the well-designed dashboards and user-friendly front end make an already worthwhile investment even more valuable.