Get data into Wavefront, view your data with charts, and use alerts.

In the Getting Started videos, Wavefront co-founder Clement Pang explains how things work, and Wavefront’s first Customer Success engineer, Jason Goocher, demos an alert in the Wavefront UI.

Introduction to Wavefront
Introduction to Wavefront video

Clement gives an introduction to Wavefront: How you get data into Wavefront, how dashboards, charts, and alerts allow you to monitor your environment, and how our histogram and tracing features can give you the full picture of what's going on.

Getting Data Into Wavefront
getting data into wavefront

Wavefront gives observability into your cloud environment and packaged applications. To get data into Wavefront, use an integration with preconfigured dashboards or one of the Wavefront SDKs. Send data from several sources to a Wavefront proxy or use direct ingestion. Finally, add dashboards, charts, and alerts to monitor exactly what you need.

Alerting in Wavefront
Alerting With Wavefront

Wavefront supports sophisticated alerts that go far beyond traditional alerting systems. Clement explains how alerts work using the example of a simple threshold alert. The alert fires when any monitored time series exceeds the threshold for 10 minutes. Wavefront then sends an alert notification to all specified alert targets. When the alert is resolved, notifications are sent to the targets again. Additional examples are shown in other videos.

Watch Alerts in Action
introduction to alerts

Jason demos in the Wavefront UI how you can find firing alerts and look at alert details. He also shows how you can look at alert events in a chart window.

Distributed Tracing in Wavefront
Distributed tracing in Wavefront

Clement first explains how you can visualize traces collected with Jaeger and Zipkin with the Wavefront UI. He then uses the example of monitoring a ride sharing app where a single trace includes apps on the user’s phone, the driver’s phone, etc. You can visualize the different components with the Wavefront tracing UI - and also use our UI to drill down on potential problems. Because we’re Open Tracing compliant, you can customize the trace with our SDKs and then look at aggregated information that shows how things are connected.