Initially presented at OpenWest 2014 conference.
Graphite and StatsD gather line series data and offer a robust set of APIs to access that data. While the tools are robust, the dashboards are straight from 1992 and alerting off the data is nonexistent. Nark, an opensource project, solves both of these problems. It provides easy to use dashboards and readily available alerts and notifications to users. It has been used in production at Lucid Software for almost a year. Related to Nark are the tools required to make Graphite highly available.