InfluxDB Review

Good log aggregation features and integration with Grafana


What is our primary use case?

We don't use a managed service. Rather, we manage it ourselves. We have deployed it and right now, we are using it for log aggregation with a two-week retention policy.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are aggregating the data and the integration with Grafana for monitoring.

We have been looking at the continuous query feature and think that it might solve one of our use cases, but we have not implemented it yet. We are trying to do that now.

What needs improvement?

The initial setup is a little bit complex.

The error logging capability can be improved because the logs are not very informative.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using InfluxDB for approximately one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

You can scale InfluxDB but the initial cluster that we had is still serving our purpose, so we don't have to scale up. We are a team of people who use it.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not contacted technical support for InfluxDB yet. When we have a problem, we consult with our other teams, and most of the time, they solve our problems.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I haven't used another similar product before this one. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was a little bit complex for a cluster. When trying to join the cluster, we were failing. We looked at the log but it was not very informative. We agreed to try a few things and after a while, we were able to join the cluster. That is the difficulty that we had.

What about the implementation team?

I deployed it myself.

In our company, there are many different teams that use InfluxDB for different projects. For example, I am one of the people on our new project, and my colleague is responsible for maintaining and updating it, for this project specifically. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was also looking into Prometheus but our project manager told us to use InfluxDB. So far, it has been working well for me.

What other advice do I have?

This product has been working well and it is serving our purpose, so I can recommend it to others.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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