Managed Service for Prometheus is a managed monitoring service that is provided by Alibaba Cloud. Managed Service for Prometheus is compatible with the open source Prometheus ecosystem. Managed Service for Prometheus provides out-of-the-box dashboards for you to monitor a wide variety of components.
Prometheus is an open source monitoring and alerting system. Prometheus provides features such as a multi-dimensional data model, a flexible query language called PromQL, and data visualization. For more information, see Prometheus documentation.
What is a Prometheus instance?
A Prometheus instance is a logical unit provided by Alibaba Cloud Managed Service for Prometheus to manage data collection, data storage, and data analysis. Each Prometheus instance provides the corresponding data collection configurations, time series database instance, dashboard, and alert configurations. The following table describes different types of Prometheus instances that are classified based on the monitored objects and scenarios of Managed Service for Prometheus.
Prometheus instance type
Objects monitored by Managed Service for Prometheus
Alibaba Cloud Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK) clusters and serverless Kubernetes (ASK) clusters
You need to monitor both Container Service clusters and the applications that run on the clusters.
Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances
You need to use Managed Service for Prometheus to monitor ECS instances that reside in VPCs.
Self-managed Prometheus systems, containers, cloud services, and hosts
If you deploy a self-managed Prometheus system, you are responsible for the O&M of Prometheus servers. In this case, you must configure service discovery and data collection on your own.
You need to use general-purpose Prometheus instances for the remote storage of self-managed Prometheus systems, or monitor metric data about containers, cloud services, and hosts.
Alibaba Cloud services
You need to use Managed Service for Prometheus to collect, store, and display the monitoring data of Alibaba Cloud services.
Alibaba Cloud or self-managed Prometheus clusters
Provides Grafana dashboards and allows you to configure alert rules for a global aggregation instance.
You need to create a global aggregation instance in Managed Service for Prometheus to aggregate Alibaba Cloud or self-managed Prometheus clusters.
Benefits of Managed Service for Prometheus
Alibaba Cloud Managed Service for Prometheus provides the following monitoring capabilities: application monitoring for multiple scenarios, component monitoring for multiple layers, and metric monitoring for multiple dimensions. Managed Service for Prometheus is integrated with Grafana dashboards and Alertmanager features. Managed Service for Prometheus is fully compatible with the open source Prometheus ecosystem. Managed Service for Prometheus helps you easily build an observability platform that is comprehensive, stable, secure, highly available, and scalable.
Application monitoring for multiple scenarios
Managed Service for Prometheus provides free, out-of-the-box monitoring and alerting capabilities for Kubernetes container applications, ECS clusters in VPCs, and remote storage. Managed Service for Prometheus allows you to install and deploy self-managed Kubernetes clusters for application monitoring.
Component monitoring for multiple layers
Managed Service for Prometheus provides component monitoring and alerting capabilities for nearly 30 cloud services. The components may be deployed across the infrastructure layer, middle layer, and application layer. Managed Service for Prometheus allows you to install and deploy open source exporters of the Prometheus community at the middle layer. In addition, Managed Service for Prometheus allows you to monitor components at the application layer by performing a few operations in the console.
Metric monitoring for multiple dimensions
Managed Service for Prometheus provides client libraries in more than 20 languages. You can use these client libraries to produce and expose metrics in the OpenMetrics format at low costs and low overheads. Managed Service for Prometheus can collect metrics based on regular dimensions. Managed Service for Prometheus can also collect metrics based on event and tag dimensions, and metrics that are converted by using other methods.