Understanding the behavior of applications running on Kubernetes can be daunting. Honeycomb integrates with Kubernetes to collect your applications’ logs, cluster events, cluster resource and state metrics, so that you can answer all the questions you have.
The Honeycomb agent provides a flexible way to aggregate, structure, and enrich events from applications running on Kubernetes. This data answers questions like:
Heapster is an open-source project that collects pod and node-level resource metrics, plus cluster events. This data answers questions like:
To get the integrations up and running in your own cluster, follow the instructions below. For examples of using Honeycomb to answer questions about your cluster and applications, see the use cases guide.
If you haven’t already, sign up for a free Honeycomb trial account. Then store your API key as a Kubernetes secret:
kubectl create secret generic -n default honeycomb-writekey \ --from-literal=key=YOUR_API_KEY
You are currently logged in to the
so we have populated the write key here to the first write key for that team.
Then follow the steps below to deploy the integrations in a cluster.
Note: If you’re deploying the integrations on Google Container Engine
(GKE), you’ll have to grant your current Google identity
cluster-admin role before creating any
ClusterRoles used by the Honeycomb integrations:
kubectl create clusterrolebinding myname-cluster-admin-binding \ --clusterrole=cluster-admin --user=<firstname.lastname@example.org>
See the GKE documentation for more details.
The manifests for the Honeycomb integrations are also available on Github. If you’d like to run the integrations differently, they can easily be modified to fit your needs.
Run Heapster with a Honeycomb sink:
kubectl create -f https://honeycomb.io/download/kubernetes/metrics/honeycomb-heapster.yaml
Check the status of your new Heapster pod
kubectl --namespace=kube-system get pods -l k8s-app=heapster # NAME READY STATUS RESTARTS AGE # heapster-1760086053-11dnv 1/1 Running 0 7h
Head over to the Honeycomb UI and query the
kubernetes-cluster-events dataset for event logs and the
kubernetes-resource-metrics dataset for resource metrics.
First, configure and run the agent as a DaemonSet. Kubernetes implementations are slightly different, so choose the quickstart configuration that is appropriate to your environment:
Google Kubernetes Engine
kubectl create -f https://honeycomb.io/download/kubernetes/logs/quickstart-gke.yaml
kubectl create -f https://honeycomb.io/download/kubernetes/logs/quickstart-aks.yaml
kubectl create -f https://honeycomb.io/download/kubernetes/logs/quickstart-aws-eks.yaml
Generic Kubernetes Cluster
kubectl create -f https://honeycomb.io/download/kubernetes/logs/quickstart.yaml
Next, check the status of your new pods:
kubectl get daemonset # NAME DESIRED CURRENT READY UP-TO-DATE ... # honeycomb-agent-v1.1 1 1 1 1 ...
Finally, head over to the Honeycomb UI and query the
Note: You’ll want to configure the agent to parse logs from your applications. But that depends a lot on your applications! Read more about customizing the agent.
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