Monitoring OVH: 300k servers, 27 DCs and one Metrics platform

A presentation at DevFest Toulouse in in Toulouse, France by Horacio Gonzalez

What to do when you must monitor the whole infrastructure of the biggest European hosting and cloud provider? How to choose a tool when the most used ones fail to scale to your needs? How to build an Metrics platform to unify, conciliate and replace years of fragmented legacy partial solutions?

In this talk we will relate our experience building and maintaining OVH Metrics, the platform used to monitor all OVH infrastructure. We needed to go to places where most monitoring solutions hadn’t gone before, it needed to operate at the scale of the biggest European hosting and cloud providers: 27 data centers, more than 300k servers (bare metal!), and hundreds of products to fulfill our mission to host 1.3 million customers.

You will hear about time series, about open source solutions pushed to the limit, about HBase clusters operated at the extreme, and how about a small team leveraged the power of a handful of open source solution and lots of coding glue to build one of the most performant monitoring solutions ever.

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