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Introduction to Tracking Statistics on Servers

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By Justin Ellingwood
Developer and author at DigitalOcean.
Introduction to Tracking Statistics on Servers


Collecting and analyzing statistics on your servers and infrastructure becomes increasingly valuable as the complexity of your systems increase. In this series, we will introduce you to some battle-tested statistics gathering and rendering tools. We will go over some basic concepts and then show you how to install and set up each component to effectively monitor your servers and processes.

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Collecting statistics about your applications and systems can help you make intelligent decisions about what to work on and where issues may like. In this guide, we will discuss a few technologies that can be used together to collect, store, and graph data about your applications, services, and computers over a long period of time.


Tracking statistics is a great way to make informed decisions about your systems, servers, and applications. Graphite is a graphing library that can be used to render customized graphs for any kind of data that is send to it. In this guide, we’ll talk about how to install and use Graphite on an Ubuntu 14.04 server.


Collectd is a daemon that can be configured to collect statistics about your server and common services. In this guide, we will install and configure collectd to collect system statistics and send them to Graphite for visualization. We will set this up using an Ubuntu 14.04 server.


StatsD is a statistics collection daemon that can be configured to collect arbitrary statistics from applications. It is extremely flexible and allows you to use Graphite in a much more powerful way. In this guide, we’ll discuss how to install and configure StatsD to collect and send metrics to Graphite. We will be doing this on an Ubuntu 14.04 server.

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