Logs are an essential part of observing any service; without them you'll have significant blind spots. But collecting and analyzing them can be a real challenge -- especially at scale. Not only do you need to solve the basic task of collecting your logs, but you must do it in a reliable, performant, and robust manner. Nothing is more frustrating than having your logs pipeline fall on it's face during an outage, or even worse, cause the outage!
Fear not! In this guide we'll build an observability pipeline that will send logs to Clickhouse.
What is Clickhouse?
ClickHouse is an open-source column-oriented database management system that manages extremely large volumes of data, including non-aggregated data, in a stable and sustainable manner and allows generating custom data reports in real time. The system is linearly scalable and can be scaled up to store and process trillions of rows and petabytes of data. This makes it an best-in-class storage for logs and metrics data.
How This Guide Works
We'll be using Vector to accomplish this task. Vector is a popular open-source observability data platform. It's written in Rust, making it lightweight, ultra-fast and highly reliable. And we'll be deploying Vector as a agent.
What We'll Accomplish
We'll build an observability data platform that:
All in just a few minutes!
Install Vectorcurl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf https://sh.vector.dev | sh
Configure Vectorcat <<-'VECTORCFG' > ./vector.toml[sinks.out]type = "clickhouse"inputs = [ "my-source-or-transform-id" ]endpoint = "http://localhost:8123"table = "mytable"VECTORCFG
Start Vectorvector --config ./vector.toml
Observe Vectorvector topexplain this command
Vector is powerful tool and we're just scratching the surface in this guide. Here are a few pages we recommend that demonstrate the power and flexibility of Vector: