Monitoring kubernetes cluster

Posted March 3, 2020 1.3k views

I’d like to know how to monitor DOKS. Is build in solution enough or should I install additional software, eg. kube-state-metrics or Prometheus Operator.

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Hi there @rechandler,

In addition to the Basic metrics which include CPU usage, load averages, bandwidth, and disk I/O. What I could suggest here is enabling the DigitalOcean’s optional Kubernetes deployment metrics. To do that you need to install kube-state-metrics, a sidecar metrics agent that collects object state metrics from the Kubernetes API server.

You can take a look at the official documentation on how to do that here:

Hope that this helps!

Hi there!

In addition to Bobby’s answer above I would recommend the Prometheus Operator. This can be easily installed via helm chart( and it automatically deploys components like alertmanager to be able to send any pages or alerts for monitoring pretty much anything you can think of in a kubernetes cluster.


John Kwiatkoski
Senior Developer Support Engineer - Kubernetes