How Best to Monitor Incoming Traffic for the Health of Applications

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  • blackbox_exporter

    Blackbox prober exporter

    You also want synthetic probes to cover your end-to-end needs. This will help catch the unknown-unknown problems.

  • prometheus

    The Prometheus monitoring system and time series database.

    Each component should be actively monitored. Servers/Services going down are covered individually. Same goes for load balancers, etc.

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  • cloudprober

    [Moved to cloudprober/cloudprober] An active monitoring software to detect failures before your customers do.

    If your service might at times fall to almost zero requests outside business hours, having a synthetic client is a must. You can use Blackbox exporter as mentioned by u/SuperQue or CloudProber, both work well for simple cases (one step site check or API call), for anything more complicated (multi step scenarios) you are better off scripting it.

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