Release 1.16.0: Smarter binaries and built-in TLS

We’re excited to launch release v1.16.0 of the open-source Netdata monitoring agent, which delivers real-time health monitoring and performance troubleshooting to nearly any system or application.

This release also contains 40 bug fixes, 31 improvements, and 20 documentation updates—if you’d like to see the full list, check out the full release notes.

Details aside, I know people are going to be most curious about the big changes we’ve just delivered to Netdata—let’s dive in.

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How to inspire exceptional contributions to your open-source project

Netdata must be doing something right when it comes to inspiring contributions. Our open-source, distributed monitoring agent has GitHub stars on GitHub and has seen contributions from hundreds of people: GitHub contributors. We’ve even hired a handful of our contributors to work full-time on making the Netdata ecosystem even more powerful.

The community is passionate about what we’re building, and they’re actively interested in making it work better for their particular needs.

Because that’s what a contributor is: Someone willing to step in and improve your project so that it works even better for their particular use case. Some contributors happily offer their time for other reasons, too, but in our case, they’re mostly sysadmins who will do faster or smarter work once we implement their idea.

But the Netdata community didn’t just appear out of thin air. We took many concerted efforts to inspired these contributions, and we thought we’d share a few of our most successful initiatives.

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How to sign up for and use Netdata Cloud

As we’ve mentioned in our announcement post (read Introducing Netdata Cloud: our vision for distributed health and performance monitoring), we’re excited to finally be showing the Netdata community what we’ve been so hard at work on over the last few months.

If you want to know more details about what Netdata Cloud is, how it will work, the features it will have, and how our work on it will affect the open-source Netdata agent (hint: they’re going to make each other better), be sure to check out the official announcement.

But, to be clear, Netdata Cloud is entirely free for all Netdata users.

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Introducing Netdata Cloud: our vision for distributed health and performance monitoring

We’re thrilled to make the first official announcement about Netdata Cloud, our vision for the future of distributed health and performance monitoring. While Netdata Cloud has been live since February, when we released v1.12.0 of Netdata’s open-source monitoring agent, we’ve waited until the product was a little more mature to let our monitoring community know about how it fits into the future of Netdata.

We believe everyone should be able to build an extraordinary infrastructure. The best way to do that is build products that developers, system administrators, and DevOps engineers learn and be more productive with every passing second.

Here’s how Netdata Cloud is going to make that possible.

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Release 1.14

Release 1.14 contains 14 bug fixes and 24 improvements.

The release introduces major additions to Kubernetes monitoring, with tens of new charts for Kubelet, kube-proxy and coredns metrics, as well as significant improvements to the netdata helm chart.

Two new collectors were added, to monitor Docker hub and Docker engine metrics.

Finally, v1.14 adds support for version 2 cgroups, OpenLDAP over TLS, NVIDIA SMI free and per process memory and configurable syslog facilities.

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Release 1.13

Release 1.13 contains 14 bug fixes and 8 improvements.

Netdata has taken the first step into the world of Kubernetes, with a beta version of a Helm chart for deployment to a k8s cluster and proper naming of the cgroup containers. We have big plans for Kubernetes, so stay tuned!

A major refactoring of the python.d plugin has resulted in a dramatic decrease of the required memory, making netdata even more resource efficient.

We also added charts for IPC shared memory segments and total memory used.

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Help shape the future of netdata

Help us shape the future of netdata, by responding to netdata’s users’ survey.
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Release 1.12

Release 1.12 is made out of 211 pull requests and 22 bug fixes. The key improvements are:

  • Introducing netdata.cloud, the free netdata service for all netdata users
  • High performance plugins with go.d.plugin (data collection orchestrator written in Go)
  • 7 new data collectors and 11 rewrites of existing data collectors for improved performance
  • A new management API for all netdata servers
  • Bind different functions of the netdata APIs to different ports
  • Improved installation and updates
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Release 1.11.1

This is a patch - bug fix release of netdata. Our work to move all the documentation inside the repo is still in progress. Everything has been moved, but still we need to refactor a lot of the pages to be more meaningful. The README file on netdata home has been rewritten. Check it here.
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