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Satyadeep Ashwathnarayana


What are they and why do we need them?

A “Parent” is a Netdata Agent, like the ones we install on all our systems, but is configured as a central node that receives, stores and processes metrics data from other Netdata “Child” nodes in our infrastructure.

Netdata Parents are flexible. You can have one big active-active cluster of Netdata Parents, or you can spread a lot of independent Parents across the infrastructure.

This “distributed still centralized” setup provides a lot of benefits. Let’s go through them one by one in this blog post.