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Netflix's Vector: A Hands-on Update

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Recently, I reported on Vector, Netflix’s new performance monitoring solution. While you can’t binge watch “House of Cards,” or all nine seasons of “The X-Files” on it, we’re still pretty psyched about Vector here at DZone. Blogger Mattias Geniar graced us with a hands-on look at Vector, and he kindly posted the results along with a neat how-to.

So what were Geniar’s findings? Well, you’ll probably need to install Bower and Gulp. Mattias explains:

A few caveats before you can run it: Vector requires Bower to install dependencies and optionally Gulp for running the tasks; 2 tools mostly found on developer machines, not on the server. However, if you package it in your own RPM/DEB, that shouldn't be an issue anymore.

He helpfully provides Gulp and Bower install instructions for Mac OSX and Fedora. His detailed instructions even explain how to run PCP, so for those wishing to experiment with Vector, Geniar’s tutorial is worth checking out. The Vector dashboard displays vital statistics about your network, CPU, memory, and disk. As expected, it offers several different viewing options.

The main takeaways are that Vector is a lightweight but powerful monitoring application, and best of all it’s free. Since it’s pretty new, you can expect much growth and evolution, especially since Netflix’s development team is involved.

Have you experimented with Vector? Looking forward to getting your hands dirty? Let us know why in the comments section below, or Tweet at us!

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