Transition guide for deprecated third-party integrations

Stackdriver provides integrations for monitoring third-party applications, but support for some of these integrations has been deprecated.

This guide provides the steps to transition these integrations to BindPlane, a solution provided by Stackdriver partner, Blue Medora.

Stackdriver offers BindPlane at no additional cost to Stackdriver customers, but metrics collected through BindPlane are charged at standard Stackdriver custom metric rates. For information on the cost of this added consumption, refer to managing your costs.

Installing the BindPlane integration

The following sections provide details on installing and configuring BindPlane with Stackdriver.

Creating a BindPlane account

To get started, create an account with BindPlane. After receiving an account-verification message, you can continue with the remainder of these procedures.

Connecting BindPlane to Stackdriver

To connect to Stackdriver, add a destination. In this case, your destination is Stackdriver. The most up-to-date information on linking your Stackdriver account with BindPlane can be found at Blue Medora's Google Stackdriver guide.

Installing the BindPlane collector

BindPlane collectors reside within your network and connect to any data source that you want to monitor. The collector requires a server with network access to the data sources you're planning to monitor.

While you only need to install one collector per environment, you can convert multiple collectors to a group to provide high availability.

To install the collector, complete the following steps:

  1. In BindPlane, navigate to Collectors.

  2. Click Add Collector.

  3. Select your server's operating system.

  4. Click the Clipboard icon to copy the installation command.

  5. Log into the machine you want to install the collector on and paste the command.

You can also install the collector through Google Deployment Manager. For instructions and security requirements on this deployment, refer to the GCP Collector Deployments guide.

Connecting to a data source

A source is any object you want to monitor. It could be a database, a web service, or even a hardware device in your data center. To add a source, complete the following steps:

  1. In BindPlane, navigate to Sources.

  2. Click Add Source.

  3. Select which type of source you want to monitor.

  4. Select a collector to use.

    If you have multiple collectors for multiple networks or data centers, choose a collector in the same region as your source.

  5. Enter your credentials and click Test Connection to verify that your connection is working correctly.

  6. Optionally, you can review the metrics that are configured to be sent to Stackdriver and turn off any metrics that you don't need. Turning off these metrics can help you manage costs.

  7. Click Add to begin monitoring. To see what credentials each source requires or for other information, refer to the source documentation.

Transferring existing dashboards and alerts

You can transfer all of your existing dashboards and alerts to use BindPlane metrics. You must run these steps for each dashboard widget and each alert to transfer them to the corresponding BindPlane metric.

To transfer your dashboards:

  1. Select the dashboard that you want to edit.

  2. For each widget, clickmore_vertand select Edit.

  3. For Resource Type, enter Generic Node.

  4. For Metric, enter the matching metric from the Metric conversion guide.

  5. In the Filter field, replace any terms that might have been removed.

  6. Click Save.

To transfer your alerts:

  1. Go to your alert policies.

  2. On each alert that you want to edit, clickmore_vertand select Edit.

  3. Under Conditions, click Edit.

  4. For Resource Type, enter Generic Node.

  5. For Metric, enter the matching metric from the Metric conversion guide.

  6. In the Filter field, replace any terms that might have been removed.

  7. In the Group by field, replace any terms that might have been removed.

  8. Click Save.

  9. Click Save on the alert.

Uninstalling the plugin for the third-party integration

After completing the previous steps, uninstall the plugin for the third-party integration by logging into each host and removing the configuration for each plugin instance. To find the name of each configuration file, refer to the specific page for the third-party applications.

Managing your costs

Google has partnered with Blue Medora to bring BindPlane to Stackdriver customers at no additional cost, licenses, or contracts. However, if you ingest more monitoring data and log data through Blue Medora than you did through the Stackdriver agents, you might incur higher usage fees. For information on Stackdriver pricing, which applies to all custom metrics and logs over the free quota, see Pricing.

To help manage your costs, BindPlane allows you to control how much data is sent to Stackdriver in two ways:

  • Tune your collection intervals: Collection intervals are set to 1 minute by default. Increasing the collection interval to 2 minutes would send half as much data to Stackdriver for the given source. Increasing the interval to 10 minutes would send one-tenth as much data. Tuning the data collection interval allows you to find the balance between data resolution and cost that is right for your organization.

    To tune this interval, on the Sources detail page, click Configure and then update the Collection interval field.

  • Disable the collection of unneeded metrics: When a source is configured, collection is enabled for all resource types and metrics. If you don't need a specific resource type or individual metric sent to Stackdriver, then you can be disable them to reduce the amount of data sent to Stackdriver and therefore reduce costs.

    To disable unneeded metrics, on the Sources detail page, click Metrics and disable metrics collection by clicking the Collect toggle.

Metric conversion guide

The following tables map the current Stackdriver agent metrics to their BindPlane equivalents.


BindPlane’s Cassandra integration collects over 257 metrics for Cassandra.

Stackdriver plugin BindPlane


BindPlane’s Elasticsearch integration collects over 160 metrics for Elasticsearch.

Stackdriver plugin BindPlane filter: type=field filter: type=query


BindPlane’s HBase integration collects over 200 metrics for HBase.

Stackdriver plugin BindPlane Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported


BindPlane’s Kafka integration collects over 100 metrics for Kafka.

Stackdriver plugin BindPlane


BindPlane’s MongoDB integration collects over 90 metrics for MongoDB.

Stackdriver plugin BindPlane Not Supported


BindPlane’s PostgreSQL integration collects over 100 metrics for PostgreSQL.

Stackdriver plugin BindPlane Not Supported


BindPlane’s RabbitMQ integration collects over 100 metrics for RabbitMQ.

Stackdriver plugin BindPlane


BindPlane’s Tomcat integration collects over 100 metrics for Tomcat.

Stackdriver plugin BindPlane


BindPlane’s Varnish integration collects over 170 metrics for Varnish.

Stackdriver plugin BindPlane


BindPlane’s ZooKeeper integration collects over 30 metrics for ZooKeeper.

Stackdriver plugin BindPlane