When viewing the collected data and statistics regarding our highly-available database, we can simply settle for the raw numbers. They tell a story and include precise measurements necessary for making decisions regarding architecture and incidence response. However, many would argue that this is much easier with graphs and charts, as they enable the identification of trends.
There are a lot of graphing libraries and tools, but relatively few of them are tailored to the needs of an agile monitoring team. The makers of Graphite helped fill this role, and they did so with an extremely versatile tool. Graphite makes visualizing the collected system statistics easy. Unfortunately, due to the number of installation requirements, administrators might skip it in favor of something easier to use.
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