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Pivotal Cloud Foundry Health Monitoring

So, you downloaded the Splunk Firehose Nozzle for Pivotal Cloud Foundry and are ingesting PCF data—now what? The nozzle is a great mechanism to get data out of PCF into Splunk, but you shouldn’t stop there. The Pivotal Cloud Foundry Health application is designed to give you some out of the box visualizations to monitor Application as well as Operational metrics.

In the sections below, we'll walk you through the configuration of the PCF Healthwatch app and the Splunk Nozzle, as well as the layout of the Pivotal Cloud Foundry Health application.

Prerequisites

In order to generate some of the metrics in the PCF Ops section of the Pivotal Cloud Foundry Health app, you need to download the Healthwatch app and install this in your PCF environment. For a full list of these metrics, please see the PCF Healthwatch Metrics documentation.

Install and Configuration

Healthwatch

1.    Download the current release of Healthwatch. Note: The current release at the time of the creation of this blog post was 1.6, but all future versions should work just fine.

2.   Import the downloaded .pivotal file downloaded in step 1 above.

3.   Make sure that you put the foundation name in the configuration so as to be able to do foundation-specific searching:

Splunk Configuration

1.    The only Splunk configuration required is to create an HTTP event collector data input.  When finished it should look something like this:

Install and Configure the Splunk Nozzle

1.    Deploy the Nozzle by either downloading the nozzle from here or installing from the marketplace.

2.   Open up the configuration in your PCF environment(s) and head to Splunk Settings

3.   In the Splunk Settings you are going to plugin the HTTP Event collector token as well as Splunk server URL (and don’t forget a valid index to put the data into). After this, save your configuration and Apply Changes.

Splunk Pivotal Cloud Foundry Health App Introduction

The UI is broken down into sections, with the major sections described below:

Getting Started – This dashboard is not only designed to give an overview (some of which is described in this blog post), but also shows the sourcetypes for the app and validation that all the sourcetypes are flowing into Splunk correctly.

Executive Overview – Designed to give high-level metrics as of the status of various metrics that represent overall health of the environment. This dashboard contains both operational metrics as well application-level metrics.

PCF Application Monitoring – The Application Monitoring is really designed to give you insights into how your applications are performing.

IT Operations Visibility – The IT Operations Visibility is a mash-up of critical metrics, most of which are generated by the PCF Healthwatch Application. These app metrics also have some drilldown capability and are designed to provide a bit more granularity than the Executive Overview.

PCF Healthwatch – This is the original dashboard that was modeled directly after the original PCF Healtwatch release. All the panels in this dashboard are broken down and put in to more granular dashboards, Executive Overview and IT Operations Visibility.

Future Enhancements

  • Install videos for Healthwatch as well as the Pivotal Cloud Foundry Health app
  • More application-level metrics and dashboards with deeper dive views to gain deeper insight into your applications' health
  • Continued dashboard enhancements such as dynamic drilldowns
  • Continued enhancements based on customer feedback

Feedback or Enhancement Requests

For technical feedback and questions, please reach out to Splunk directly here or raise any questions on Splunk Answers.

Kirk Hanson
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Kirk Hanson

Kirk is a Sales Engineer with Splunk. Previously, he worked for several firms in varying roles. Kirk studied International Relations and Japanese studies at the University of California San Diego, where he graduated with distinction and International business at Cal State Hayward. During undergrad, Kirk spent three years abroad including one year in China and two years in Japan (where he solidified his knowledge of the Japanese language). He has extensive experience doing business in APAC, specifically Japan. As a "software whisperer," Kirk loves solving technological solutions for customers. In his spare time, he likes camping and enjoying the outdoors spending time with his wife, three children and two dogs.

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