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Prometheus is a tool for monitoring our distributed applications. It allows us to focus on the services we are deploying rather than the individual machines that make up instances of that service.
The monitoring service itself is a portion of a distributed system that is treated differently than the services we are monitoring. We don’t want to use a consensus-based tool like Zookeeper or Consul because we can’t afford the strong consistency.
Brian Brazil’s company Robust Perception is built around Prometheus, and he joins the show to discuss why and how to use Prometheus.