About the Rackspace Monitoring Agent

The Rackspace Monitoring Agent allows you to monitor your Cloud Server and other entities' internals by running checks installed locally on your server rather than by launching checks from a Rackspace data center. Because you install the agent locally, it is immediately aware of any system resource changes to your Cloud Server. The agent records any updated or changed information and forwards it to the Rackspace Monitoring system.

The Rackspace Monitoring Agent can monitor the following system information:

  • Load average
  • Filesystem
  • Memory
  • CPU
  • Network

Using the Monitoring Agent

The first step to using the Monitoring Agent is to install it on your Cloud Server. If you are a Rackspace Managed Cloud customer, Rackspace installs the agent automatically on all Cloud Servers. All other Rackspace customers can learn about installing the agent on a Cloud Server by reading Installing the Monitoring Agent.

After you have the agent on your Cloud Server, it immediately provides CPU, filesystem, and memory metrics. You can manage the agent by using either the Cloud Control Panel or the Monitoring API, which you can learn about by reading the Rackspace Monitoring API Developer Guide.

Live host statistics in the Cloud Control Panel

You can view the host statistics of a Cloud Server provided by the agent on the Server Details page of the Cloud Control Panel:

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