There’s an old saying, “what gets measured gets managed.” And when managing mission-critical work — customer support tickets, product-related tasks during a sprint, or some other important activities – it’s imperative to constantly measure the performance of the systems that enable that work.
Monitoring the health of your Atlassian applications can help uncover issues such as how an app update or plugin can impact a machine’s performance or how memory and bandwidth limitations are exacerbated during peak production periods. It can also give your team a heads up about licenses about to expire and even how active users are.
But you don’t need to spend tons of money on new monitoring tools or waste hours configuring them when you can monitor Atlassian application performance with open source tools — for free!
Tools you’ll need
Note: On the same server we have installed Jira Software 7.13.3, Graphana 6.2.2 and Prometheus 2.10.0.
After you have successfully installed Jira, Download Prometheus Exporter for Jira from Atlassian Marketplace. This exposes the following metrics:
You can access the metric here: http://localhost:8080/plugins/servlet/prometheus/metrics
Download the latest release of Prometheus for your platform, then extract it:
tar -xvfz prometheus-*.tar.gz
Prometheus configuration is YAML. The Prometheus download comes with a sample configuration in a file called prometheus.yml
Then you should add the reference to the metric collection servlet to the prometheus.yml. For example, for Jira it would look like this:
- job_name: 'jira'
scheme: https # change to http if don't you have https
- targets: ['localhost:8080'] # Jira host and port you serve
The Prometheus server is a single binary called prometheus:
Installation and setup is finished. You can collect metrics. Prometheus will be available at http://localhost:9090
We will use Grafana to visualize metrics stored in Prometheus. There are a couple of example dashboards in the official site.
Download the latest release of Grafana for your platform, then extract it:
tar -xvfz grafana-*.tar.gz
Grafana interface will be available at http://localhost:3000 (username: admin / password: admin)
After login, the fist step is to add a new Data-Source in Grafana. This will connect to Prometheus to gather the metrics data.
Then, you can add a new Dashboard that will get the data from the previous created Data-Source.
You can find a dashboard for Jira here.
After a couple of minutes you will be able to view your metrics on the Dashboard. You can also add new panels to the Dashboard.
You can also build one Dashboard to tack all your Atlassian tools in one single Dashboard.
Eyes wide open (source)
Keeping an eye on application performance is key for maintaining high productivity, healthy workflows, and happy team members (and customers). But it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg or take forever to configure monitoring tools. Instead, everything you need for immediate insight and actionable intelligence is available with some simple configuration of some free tools.