collectd as alternative to RTG for high-resolution polling and long term storage?

Peter Phaal peter.phaal at
Thu Mar 17 00:52:46 UTC 2016

On Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 11:45 AM, Eric Kuhnke <eric.kuhnke at> wrote:
> Would anyone care to share their experience using collectd as an
> alternative to rtg for high-resolution polling of interface traffic and
> long term storage?
> I am investigating the various options for large data set size, lossless
> long term traffic charting (not RRAs which lose precision over time). One
> possible use is precision 95th billing.

Devices that support sFlow natively implement collectd type
functionality for streaming interface counters to a time series
database (InfluxDB, Graphite, OpenTSB, etc.) Tools like Grafana can be
used to query the database and build dashboards.

Host sFlow ( is very similar to collectd in the
metrics it exports, but with the added ability to export flow data
from host adapters, bridges, vSwitches, firewalls, routing, VMs,
containers etc.

More information about the NANOG mailing list