Learn how to get data into Wavefront.

Ready to get your data into Wavefront? You have several options:

  • You ingest metrics data using one or more collector agents and the Wavefront proxy.

    A collector agent, such as Telegraf or Docker cAdvisor, collects metrics such as capacity and usage and outputs them to the Wavefront proxy. The Wavefront proxy forwards the data to the Wavefront server. The Wavefront proxy works with the Wavefront server to ensure security and end-to-end flow control.

  • Your application sends metrics directly to a Wavefront proxy.
  • Wavefront pulls data directly from a cloud-based service (e.g. Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Tesla).

Note: Typical production environments have a small number of proxies, with many agents sending metrics through the proxies to Wavefront. If you need advice for best practices in your environment, contact Support.

The diagram below shows all three options.

Wavefront architecture

Set Up an Integration

To get some data into Wavefront right away, set up an integration that monitors the machine (host) on which you are working, or that monitors an existing cloud service you are using.

Note If you are currently going through the Getting Started workflow of a Wavefront trial, follow the on-screen steps to set up your first integration. Some menu items, such as Integrations are not available for trial users until they’ve completed Getting Started.

Many users set up Wavefront to monitor the host on which they’re working.

  1. Select Integrations.
  2. Select Mac Host, Windows Host, or one of the Linux Host options.
  3. Click Setup and follow the in-product instructions. The installation process is different on different operating systems.

If you’re using Amazon Web Services, you can instead use the Amazon Web Services integration to pull AWS data. This use case needs no proxy.

Both types of integration include dashboards for exploring your data.

Next Steps

After you have data flowing into Wavefront, you can use the in-product tutorial and tour dashboards and the documentation to learn more.