Rackspace Monitoring 1.0

Last updated: Feb 07, 2023

The Rackspace Monitoring API service enables developers to analyze cloud services and dedicated infrastructure through a simple Representational State Transfer (REST) web service interface.

The API currently supports monitoring for external services. The key benefits you receive from using the Rackspace Monitoring API include the following:

  • Use of Domain Specific Language (DSL)

    The Rackspace Monitoring API uses a DSL, which makes it a powerful tool for configuring advanced monitoring features. For example, typically complex tasks, such as defining triggers on thresholds for metrics or performing an inverse string match become much easier with a concise, special purpose language created for defining alarms. For alarm concept information, see Alarm and alert.

  • Monitoring from Multiple Datacenters

    Rackspace Monitoring enables you to simultaneously monitor the performance of different resources from multiple datacenters and provides a clear picture of overall system health. It includes tunable parameters to interpret mixed results which help you to create deliberate and accurate alerting policies. For more information, see Alert Policies.

  • Alarms and Notifications

    When an alarm occurs on a monitored resource, Rackspace Monitoring sends you a notification so that you can take the appropriate action to either prevent an adverse situation from occurring or rectify a situation that has already occurred. These notifications are sent based on the severity of the alert as defined in the notification plan. For more information, see Notifications.

  • Collection of Data

    Rackspace Monitoring enables you to collect a variety of data that you can use for other tasks, such as researching trends or measuring critical data. For more information, see Metrics.

This guide is intended to assist software developers who want to develop applications by using the REST application programming interface (API) for the Rackspace Monitoring service.

To use the information provided here, you should have a general understanding of the service and have access to an installation of it. You should also be familiar with the following technologies:

  • RESTful web services

  • HTTP/1.1

  • JSON serialization formats

  • Other Rackspace services applicable to your cloud application architecture (Cloud Servers, Cloud Load Balancers, Cloud Databases, and so forth)

Use the following links to jump directly to user and reference information for the Rackspace Monitoring REST API: