Healthwatch

Warning: The Healthwatch and Healthwatch Exporter tiles are in closed beta and are intended for evaluation and test purposes only. Do not use this product in a production environment. To ask questions or report an issue, contact your primary VMware contact.

This topic provides an overview of Healthwatch features and functionality.

For information about new features and breaking changes, see Healthwatch Release Notes.

Overview of Healthwatch

Healthwatch enables you to monitor metrics related to the functionality of your Ops Manager platform.

A complete Healthwatch installation includes the Healthwatch tile, as well as at least one Healthwatch Exporter tile. There are Healthwatch Exporter tiles for both the Tanzu Application Service for VMs (TAS for VMs) and Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition (TKGI) runtimes.

You must install a Healthwatch Exporter tile on each Ops Manager foundation you want to monitor. You can install the Healthwatch tile on the same foundation or on a different foundation, depending on your desired monitoring configuration.

You can also configure the Healthwatch Exporter tiles to expose metrics to a service or database located outside your Ops Manager foundation, such as an external time series database (TSDB) or an installation of the Healthwatch tile on the TKGI Control Plane.

For a detailed explanation of the Healthwatch architecture, a list of open ports required for each component, and possible configurations for monitoring metrics with Ops Manager or an external service or database, see Reference Architecture.

For more information about each of these tiles, see the following sections below:

Overview of the Healthwatch Tile

The Healthwatch tile gathers metrics across multiple Ops Manager foundations by scraping them from Healthwatch Exporter tiles installed on each foundation.

Healthwatch deploys instances of Prometheus and Grafana. The Prometheus instance scrapes and stores metrics from the Healthwatch Exporter tiles and enables you to configure alerts with Alertmanager.

Healthwatch then exports the collected metrics to dashboards in Grafana, enabling you to visualize the data with charts and graphs and create customized dashboards for long-term monitoring and troubleshooting.

Healthwatch includes the following features:

  • Prometheus:

    • Scrapes /metrics endpoints for Healthwatch Exporter tiles, collecting metrics related to the functionality of platform- and runtime-level components that include the following:
      • Service level indicators (SLIs) for the BOSH Director
      • SLIs for TAS for VMs components
      • SLIs for TKGI components
      • When Ops Manager certificates are due to expire
      • Canary URL tests for TAS for VMs apps
      • Counter, gauge, and timer app logs for TAS for VMs from the Loggregator Firehose
      • BOSH system metrics for TKGI
      • VMs deployed by Healthwatch Exporter tiles
    • Stores metrics for up to six weeks
    • Can write to remote storage in addition to its local TSDB
  • Grafana: Enables you to visualize the collected metrics data in charts and graphs, as well as create customized dashboards for easier monitoring and troubleshooting

  • Alertmanager: Manages and sends alerts according to the alerting rules you configure

Overview of the Healthwatch Exporter for TAS for VMs Tile

The Healthwatch Exporter for TAS for VMs tile deploys metric exporter VMs to generate each type of metric related to the health of your TAS for VMs deployment.

Healthwatch Exporter for TAS for VMs sends metrics through the Loggregator Firehose to a Prometheus exposition endpoint on the associated metric exporter VMs. The Prometheus VM that exists within your metrics monitoring system then scrapes the exposition endpoints on the metric exporter VMs and imports those metrics into your monitoring system.

Healthwatch Exporter for TAS for VMs exposes the following metrics related to the functionality of TAS for VMs components, TAS for VMs apps, and the Healthwatch Exporter for TAS for VMs tile:

  • SLIs for TAS for VMs components
  • Canary URL tests for TAS for VMs apps
  • Counter, gauge, and timer app logs for TAS for VMs from the Loggregator Firehose
  • Super Value Metrics (SVMs) from Healthwatch v1
  • VMs deployed by Healthwatch Exporter for TAS for VM

Overview of the Healthwatch Exporter for TKGI Tile

The Healthwatch Exporter for TKGI tile deploys metric exporter VMs to generate SLIs related to the health of your TKGI deployment.

The Prometheus VM that exists within your metrics monitoring system then scrapes the Prometheus exposition endpoints on the metric exporter VMs and imports those metrics into your monitoring system.

Healthwatch Exporter for TKGI exposes the following metrics related to the functionality of TKGI components and the Healthwatch Exporter for TKGI tile:

  • SLIs for TKGI components
  • BOSH system metrics for TKGI
  • VMs deployed by Healthwatch Exporter for TKGI

Product Snapshot

The following table provides version and version support information about Healthwatch:

Element Details
Version v2.0
Release date
Compatible Ops Manager versions v2.7, v2.8, v2.9, v2.10
Compatible Pivotal Application Service (PAS) and TAS for VMs versions v2.7, v2.8, v2.9, v2.10
Compatible Enterprise Pivotal Container Service (Enterprise PKS) and TKGI versions v1.8, v1.9, v1.10
IaaS support AWS, Azure, GCP, OpenStack, and vSphere