Collect MKE cluster metrics with Prometheus

Prometheus is an open-source systems monitoring and alerting toolkit to which you can configure MKE as a target.

Prometheus runs as a Kubernetes deployment that, by default, is a DaemonSet that runs on every manager node. A key benefit of this is that you can set the DaemonSet to not schedule on any nodes, which effectively disables Prometheus if you do not use the MKE web interface.

Along with events and logs, metrics are data sources that provide a view into your cluster, presenting numerical data values that have a time-series component. There are several sources from which you can derive metrics, each providing different meanings for a business and its applications.

As the metrics data is stored locally on disk for each Prometheus server, it does not replicate on new managers or if you schedule Prometheus to run on a new node. The metrics are kept no longer than 24 hours.

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