Overview

Apache Cassandra is an open source NoSQL distributed database management system designed to process large amounts of data across commodity servers.

Telegraf is a plug-in driven server agent for collecting and sending metrics and events from databases, systems and IoT sensors.

To send your JMX-format Apache Cassandra metrics to Logz.io, you need to add the inputs.jolokia2_agent and outputs.http plug-ins to your Telegraf configuration file.

Configuring Telegraf to send your metrics data to Logz.io

Install Jolokia agent on your Cassandra server

You need to install and enable Jolokia on every Cassandra server.

Download Jolokia agent to /usr/share/java:

RUN curl -L http://search.maven.org/remotecontent?filepath=org/jolokia/jolokia-jvm/1.6.0/jolokia-jvm-1.6.0-agent.jar
Enable Jolokia agent on your Cassandra server
JVM_OPTS="$JVM_OPTS -javaagent:/usr/share/java/jolokia-jvm-1.6.0-agent.jar=port=8778,host=localhost"
Restart Cassandra
sudo service cassandra restart
Verify Jolokia is accessible
curl http://localhost:8778/jolokia/
Set up Telegraf v1.17 or higher on your Cassandra server

You need to install Telegraf on every Cassandra server.

For Windows:
wget https://dl.influxdata.com/telegraf/releases/telegraf-1.19.2_windows_amd64.zip

After downloading the archive, extract its contents into C:\Program Files\Logzio\telegraf\.

The configuration file is located at C:\Program Files\Logzio\telegraf\.

For MacOS:
brew install telegraf

The configuration file is located at /usr/local/etc/telegraf.conf.

For Linux:

Ubuntu & Debian

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install telegraf

The configuration file is located at /etc/telegraf/telegraf.conf.

RedHat and CentOS

sudo yum install telegraf

The configuration file is located at /etc/telegraf/telegraf.conf.

SLES & openSUSE

# add go repository
zypper ar -f obs://devel:languages:go/ go
# install latest telegraf
zypper in telegraf

The configuration file is located at /etc/telegraf/telegraf.conf.

FreeBSD/PC-BSD

sudo pkg install telegraf

The configuration file is located at /etc/telegraf/telegraf.conf.

Add the inputs.jolokia2_agent plug-in

First you need to configure the input plug-in to enable Telegraf to scrape the Apache Cassandra data from your hosts. To do this, add the following code to the configuration file:

[[inputs.jolokia2_agent]]
  urls = ["http://localhost:8778/jolokia"]
  name_prefix = "java_"
  [[inputs.jolokia2_agent.metric]]
    name  = "Memory"
    mbean = "java.lang:type=Memory"
  [[inputs.jolokia2_agent.metric]]
    name  = "GarbageCollector"
    mbean = "java.lang:name=*,type=GarbageCollector"
    tag_keys = ["name"]
    field_prefix = "$1_"
[[inputs.jolokia2_agent]]
  urls = ["http://localhost:8778/jolokia"]
  name_prefix = "cassandra_"
  [[inputs.jolokia2_agent.metric]]
    name  = "Cache"
    mbean = "org.apache.cassandra.metrics:name=*,scope=*,type=Cache"
    tag_keys = ["name", "scope"]
    field_prefix = "$1_"
  [[inputs.jolokia2_agent.metric]]
    name  = "Client"
    mbean = "org.apache.cassandra.metrics:name=*,type=Client"
    tag_keys = ["name"]
    field_prefix = "$1_"
  [[inputs.jolokia2_agent.metric]]
    name  = "ClientRequestMetrics"
    mbean = "org.apache.cassandra.metrics:name=*,type=ClientRequestMetrics"
    tag_keys = ["name"]
    field_prefix = "$1_"
  [[inputs.jolokia2_agent.metric]]
    name  = "ClientRequest"
    mbean = "org.apache.cassandra.metrics:name=*,scope=*,type=ClientRequest"
    tag_keys = ["name", "scope"]
    field_prefix = "$1_"
  [[inputs.jolokia2_agent.metric]]
    name  = "ColumnFamily"
    mbean = "org.apache.cassandra.metrics:keyspace=*,name=*,scope=*,type=ColumnFamily"
    tag_keys = ["keyspace", "name", "scope"]
    field_prefix = "$2_"
  [[inputs.jolokia2_agent.metric]]
    name  = "CommitLog"
    mbean = "org.apache.cassandra.metrics:name=*,type=CommitLog"
    tag_keys = ["name"]
    field_prefix = "$1_"
  [[inputs.jolokia2_agent.metric]]
    name  = "Compaction"
    mbean = "org.apache.cassandra.metrics:name=*,type=Compaction"
    tag_keys = ["name"]
    field_prefix = "$1_"
  [[inputs.jolokia2_agent.metric]]
    name  = "CQL"
    mbean = "org.apache.cassandra.metrics:name=*,type=CQL"
    tag_keys = ["name"]
    field_prefix = "$1_"
  [[inputs.jolokia2_agent.metric]]
    name  = "DroppedMessage"
    mbean = "org.apache.cassandra.metrics:name=*,scope=*,type=DroppedMessage"
    tag_keys = ["name", "scope"]
    field_prefix = "$1_"
  [[inputs.jolokia2_agent.metric]]
    name  = "FileCache"
    mbean = "org.apache.cassandra.metrics:name=*,type=FileCache"
    tag_keys = ["name"]
    field_prefix = "$1_"
  [[inputs.jolokia2_agent.metric]]
    name  = "ReadRepair"
    mbean = "org.apache.cassandra.metrics:name=*,type=ReadRepair"
    tag_keys = ["name"]
    field_prefix = "$1_"
  [[inputs.jolokia2_agent.metric]]
    name  = "Storage"
    mbean = "org.apache.cassandra.metrics:name=*,type=Storage"
    tag_keys = ["name"]
    field_prefix = "$1_"
  [[inputs.jolokia2_agent.metric]]
    name  = "ThreadPools"
    mbean = "org.apache.cassandra.metrics:name=*,path=*,scope=*,type=ThreadPools"
    tag_keys = ["name", "path", "scope"]
    field_prefix = "$1_"

The full list of data scraping and configuring options can be found here.

Add the outputs.http plug-in

After you create the configuration file, configure the output plug-in to enable Telegraf to send your data to Logz.io in Prometheus-format. To do this, add the following code to the configuration file:

[[outputs.http]]
  url = "https://<<LISTENER-HOST>>:8053"
  data_format = "prometheusremotewrite"
  [outputs.http.headers]
     Content-Type = "application/x-protobuf"
     Content-Encoding = "snappy"
     X-Prometheus-Remote-Write-Version = "0.1.0"
     Authorization = "Bearer <<PROMETHEUS-METRICS-SHIPPING-TOKEN>>"

Replace the placeholders to match your specifics. (They are indicated by the double angle brackets << >>):

  • Replace <<PROMETHEUS-METRICS-SHIPPING-TOKEN>> with a token for the Metrics account you want to ship to.
    Here’s how to look up your Metrics token.
  • Replace <<LISTENER-HOST>> with the Logz.io Listener URL for your region, configured to use port 8052 for http traffic, or port 8053 for https traffic. For example, listener.logz.io if your account is hosted on AWS US East, or listener-nl.logz.io if hosted on Azure West Europe.
Start Telegraf
On Windows:
telegraf.exe --service start
On MacOS:
telegraf --config telegraf.conf
On Linux:

Linux (sysvinit and upstart installations)

sudo service telegraf start

Linux (systemd installations)

systemctl start telegraf
Check Logz.io for your metrics

Log in to your Logz.io account and navigate to the current instructions page inside the Logz.io app. Install the pre-built dashboard to enhance the observability of your metrics.

To view the metrics on the main dashboard, log in to your Logz.io Metrics account, and open the Logz.io Metrics tab.