Cloud Foundry Data Sources

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Cloud Foundry logs and metrics come from several sources.

  • Loggregator is the next generation logging and metrics system for Cloud Foundry (CF). Loggregator aggregates metrics from applications and CF system components and streams these out to the Cloud Foundry Command Line Interface (cf CLI) or to third-party log management services.

  • The BOSH Health Monitor continually listens for one heartbeat per minute from each deployed virtual machine (VM). These heartbeats contain status updates and lifecycle events. Health Monitor can be extended by plugins to forward heartbeat data to other CF components or third-party services.

  • Logs from CF components can also be forwarded directly to your own server, bypassing Loggregator. See Loggregator for Operators for more information.

Cloud Foundry supports all of these metrics pipelines. Data from each of these sources can be streamed to a variety of services including the following:

  • JMX Bridge
  • Datadog
  • AWS CloudWatch

See Using Log Management Services for more information about draining logs from Elastic Runtime.

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