Selling Points

Prometheus offers a combination of important features over other monitoring solutions:

  • A dimensional data model that allows faceted tracking of metrics
  • A powerful query language (PromQL) to provide flexible answers
  • Integration of time series processing and alerting
  • Integration with service discovery to determine what should be monitored
  • Operational simplicity
  • An efficient implementation

Although many of these features are becoming more common in monitoring systems these days, Prometheus was the first open-source solution to combine them all.

We will discuss each of these points in more detail on the following sections.