Which agent should you choose?
- Ops Agent: combines logging and metrics into a single agent and is targeted toward specialized logging workloads that require higher throughput and/or improved resource-efficiency compared to the standard Cloud Logging agent. You should choose the Ops Agent if you have such a workload and the agent's supported feature set meets your needs. Also, the Monitoring agent for Windows is no longer under active development, so we recommend using the Ops Agent to collect metrics from your Windows VMs.
- Monitoring agent: gathers system and application metrics from virtual machine instances and sends them to Cloud Monitoring. By default, the Monitoring agent collects disk, CPU, network, and process metrics. You can configure the Monitoring agent to monitor third-party applications to get the full list of agent metrics.
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