InfluxDB

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Open source distributed time series, events, and metrics database

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InfluxDB review by Dylan E.
Dylan E.
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"Great time series database with an easy to usy to use syntax"

What do you like best?

The syntax is intuitive and easy to learn, as it is very similar to standard SQL queries. Learning the different aggregations and advanced features takes some time, but afterwards they are very easy to use. Downsampling data points to a lower resolution and deletion of older data can be automated very easily and reliably. The data compression is amazing (among the best compared to other time series databases), with a single data point with timestamp generally being less than 10 bytes in total for long-term storage and they are continuously updating the storage engine for even better compression. Integration with other applications in the TICK stack is easy and seamless and allows for even more advanced manipulation of the data. Documentation is

What do you dislike?

Debugging the application to determine optimal configuration settings for performance/load is tricky and the documentation regarding this is lacking.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider your database design carefully to minimize cardinality, since it can affect the performance of the system in a major way if this is designed improperly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use InfluxDB as our main time series database, holding data written from 100s of sources. This data can then be manipulated and requested back for business intelligence/machine optimization.

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InfluxDB review by Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y.
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"Solid Time Series DB!"

What do you like best?

This DB sets up time series data in a way that I've always dreamed of making myself - but does it better! You start by filling the database with as much data as possible, that you never intend directly query. Then you setup some reduction policies so that that data gets downsampled into something that is queried at an application/reporting level, with a significantly downsampled dataset. Then, depending on your needs, you can set expiration for your data so that big massive data insert you originally setup doesn't stick around.

What do you dislike?

Getting started is a little bit rough. There is a lot of good articles, but it simply requires you to dive into their deep end.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need a Time series Database that just works, pick InfluxDB.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use InfluxDB to store systems analytics, user data, and server resource monitoring. We also use it for business analytics for how our users consume our platform. All on 1 machine, for now. We are looking to create a cluster soon.

What Other Non-Relational Databases solution do you use?

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InfluxDB review by Lee H.
Lee H.
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"My most favourite time series database ever!"

What do you like best?

Easy deployment, single binary unbeatable. Compared with Graphite which was state of the art when I started using InfluxDB

What do you dislike?

Pseudo-SQL syntax sometimes tricky because of perceived faux familiarity. Also in it's usual habitat (docker container) the REPL has no autocomplete or tab completion which can make editing queries tricky. Fortunately this doesn't have to be done much, as most people with use Grafana in front of it most of the time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look beyond the fact that the vendor wants you to use their whole stack. Their TICK stack has strenghts and weaknesses. InfluxDB coupled with Grafana works wonderfully, and Telegraf is a good "metrics collector" too.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Metrics data in general (alerting via Grafana) and also as principle data store of time series data which is shared with customers via our web application. In that regard, for some of our data InfluxDB is a primary data store for business critical operations.

InfluxDB review by User in Computer Software
User in Computer Software
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"Does not scale"

What do you like best?

Flexibility -- you can add database columns on-the-fly at run-time.

UDP or TCP -- go with UDP for efficiency or TCP for guaranteed delivery.

Easy time series data -- that's what it's made for.

What do you dislike?

Poor performance -- queries to check data would often timeout and fail.

Limited SQL -- very limited SQL syntax was frustrating -- queries from Internet could not be copied and pasted.

Unreliable -- could not handle all of are data, so we throttled and threw away most of the data, defeating the purpose.

Too flexible -- too easy to accidentally create duplicate columns. It's like going back to BASIC programming days where variables don't have to be declared.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure it is fit for your purpose and can handle enough data before you commit to the tool

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used it for logging information from mobile apps. Arguably it is not a logging product, but a series of log messages is a time series as far as I am concerned.

The logs did help us troubleshoot problems -- when we could get the SQL syntax to work and not time out.

InfluxDB review by User in Information Technology and Services
User in Information Technology and Services
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"A good choice for timeseries data"

What do you like best?

The most thing I liked was the ability to store very big timeseries data in very efficient way. In my case, we stored relatively big data with single node which uses casual compute and storage resources

What do you dislike?

Although influxdb core is open source and free, using it in production and at scale will require a very expensive license. For example, clusters are only available in InfluxEnterprise which was costy for us in early development phase.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Influxdb is designed to store timeseries data, not anything else. If you data nature is a timeseris that can be displayed in line graphs so go for influxdb, otherwise it may not be the best fit. Influxdb don't have *good* support for strings, and no support for booleans nor nested documents. So double check your data is a timeseries, and you will require lots of time-based queries.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it to store our infrastructure health and usage metrics. The most benefit in this use-case was the good support for tool-chains.

InfluxDB review by Amine L.
Amine L.
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"THE database for time series"

What do you like best?

This is the database to go for if you have time series to store. Optimized for that functionality with no bling bling features that have no relevance. I like that you can communicate with it with HTTP directly. Very useful for web applications. Also, the tags system is very useful to annotate your data without adding redundancy in your database. I like also the storage engine that do not take so much disk space to store a big amount of data, which is very useful for use cases like Internet of Things where you have to store multiple values per points in very small ranges of times (every 30s or less).

What do you dislike?

The documentation states it as a CRud database, e.g. it is developed to Create and Read from it, but not really for Update or Delete, which is a logical thing to do in a time series database. But sometimes you want really to delete or update some points, which is not as simple as the word update/delete seems.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You just need to look at their roadmap, as Influx is still in development.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The problem we solved with Influx is to never have to deal with time. It is automatically managed in a very cool way. You just throw the values at it and its done. This allows the developer to focus more in their server logic and have more time and effort to fix that without worrying about the data he is working with.

InfluxDB review by Matt W.
Matt W.
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"I have been fairly disappointed in InfluxDB"

What do you like best?

How easy it is to pump data into InfluxDB, query it, and downsample it.

The query language is great, intuituve, and well thought out.

It is fairly easy to install, configure, and get working out of the box.

What do you dislike?

Performance. I have very little data (100k points) on an Amazon EC2 t2.medium instance (below recommendations, but I have very little data) and when I query for data it crushes the CPU. And is very slow to return results.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tracking site wide metrics via timestamped events. It allows us to track a variety of metrics easily and query on them as we think of new ways to massage the data.

InfluxDB review by Yves B.
Yves B.
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"Influx DB for operational monitoring "

What do you like best?

Easy to setup and customize, no performance issue so far (monitoring millions of events daily).

Has proven to scale without having to resort to technical wizardry.

What do you dislike?

Nothing. INFLUX DB does what it is supposed to do.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Operational monitoring. Facilitates an agile introduction of additional monitoring, independently of the actual source, format and protocols of the information source.

InfluxDB review by Nicholas H.
Nicholas H.
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"Amazing"

What do you like best?

How easy it is to configure and get running

What do you dislike?

The lack of joins across measurements can be annoying at times

Recommendations to others considering the product

Understand what your schema should be like and set up your tags and values properly

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Collecting system measurements from various network devices

InfluxDB review by Praveen Reddy T.
Praveen Reddy T.
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"awsome time serise database "

What do you like best?

linfluxdb has a greate capability to write huge data and very good speeds while reading data.

What do you dislike?

cluster features are not available in the community edition.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

to present the time series data in dashboards.

InfluxDB review by João F.
João F.
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"The best time-series DB there is. Just go after it now!"

What do you like best?

The amazin built-in stats functions. It just frees you up to the the important stuff

What do you dislike?

Well, nothing! Even the queries are so easy!

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are doing any time-series related database, you have to use Influx!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was building a time-series database for a cloud-based analysis research project

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