This page documents production updates to Stackdriver Monitoring. You can
periodically check this page for announcements about new or updated features,
bug fixes, known issues, and deprecated functionality.
January 8, 2018
The performance of the Stackdriver Monitoring dashboards and charts has been
improved. Additionally, a new version of Metrics Explorer is available, and
the metric-selection interface has been greatly improved, allowing arbitrary
label filtering and group-by functionality. This interface is also used
for creating dashboard charts, making the process consistent across the two
tasks. See Using Charts for more information.
December 14, 2017
Alerting events page: An updated implementation has required some user
interface changes. The alerting events page (Alerting > Events) no longer
shows a heatmap or counts of events in each category.
November 8, 2017
The Stackdriver Monitoring agents for Linux and Windows VM instances now report
errors for unrecognized metrics. The errors are written to the agent log on
your VM instance. If the Logging agent is also running on the VM instance,
then the logs are also available in Stackdriver Logging. The error messages are,
"Unsupported collectd plugin/type combination" and "Unsupported collectd ID."
Previously, these metrics were dropped silently. See the agent's
Troubleshooting Checklist for more information.
November 5, 2017
Documentation for the deprecated Cloud Monitoring API v2 has been removed.
The API was turned down in August, 2017.
createTimeSeries now fail without writing any data
points if the request includes more than one point in the same time series.
Formerly, in some cases, one data point would be written in each time series
and a status of 500 would be returned by the call.
September 13, 2017
Object Stores Resources: Google Cloud Storage metrics and Amazon S3 metrics
are now separated in the Stackdriver UI into their own service dashboards. The
"Object Stores" dashboard is replaced by "Cloud Storage" or "S3", depending on
which service you are using.
September 8, 2017
HTTPS(S) Load Balancer metrics are available in Beta release to use in
Stackdriver Monitoring. For details, see the
GCP loadbalancing metrics and
the https_lb_rule monitored resource.
API Metrics for Google APIs and Cloud Endpoint APIs are available in Beta
release. For details, see the
GCP serviceruntime metrics and
the consumed_api monitored
August 23, 2017
Dashboard filtering: Custom dashboards and resource list pages now support
filtering on groups. Each page that supports filtering now has a filter bar
under the header where you specify the group.
July 10, 2017
Heatmaps for distribution metrics: Heatmaps are available in dashboard
charts. Select a distribution metric from either the Custom or Logging
metric groups and specify Heatmap.
IAM for Stackdriver Monitoring is now complete and GA. New IAM
roles include Monitoring Editor and Monitoring Admin, and there is full
support for custom roles. For more information, see Stackdriver Monitoring
Agent permissions in VM instances: The agent no longer needs
the Project Editor IAM role; it only needs the Monitoring
Metric Writer role (roles/monitoring.metricWriter).
For more information, see Stackdriver Monitoring
Windows process metrics now include all processes accessible to the
Stackdriver Monitoring agent.
See Agent process metrics.
Windows Server 2016 is supported by the current Stackdriver Monitoring
Stacked charts: The order of data streams in stacked charts has been
reversed, so that the first stream is on the top and the last stream is on the
bottom. This order is consistent with the chart legend and hovercard.
June 5, 2017
have a new overview and detail dashboards.
See Uptime Checks.
Singapore region support:
Stackdriver now supports the Singapore region, asia-southeast1.
April and May 2017
v2beta2 API turndown:
The deprecated v2beta1 and v2beta2 APIs will be shut down during
New metric and resource types:
There are new Cloud Platform metric and resource types, including those for
Cloud Internet of Things,
Cloud Spanner, and
Microsoft Windows system and application metrics
(iis, mssql, pagefile)
are available as Agent metrics and can be used
for charting and alerting.
March 31, 2017
Time shifting (Beta):
You can now compare your current metric data with data from 1 day, 1 week,
or 4 weeks ago. See Compare to past in the Advanced
options for line chart creation.
Faster chart legends:
Charts involving custom and logs-based metrics now have faster legends that
include instance names with the metric name where available. You can quickly
identify instances and sort the metrics by name.
Faster user interface:
Initial page load times have been reduced across the user interface.
Although the statsd plugin is distributed with the Monitoring agent, there
are not yet any instructions for using the plugin with
February 6, 2017
When sending process metrics, the Stackdriver Monitoring agent now
returns a stringified UID if the process owner name is not
set. Previously, the agent would not send process owner
information, which was then treated by the Monitoring API as
malformed input and discarded. Available in
Determining the agent version.
Lost input from the Monitoring agent:
Malformed data from the Monitoring agent could cause Stackdriver
Monitoring to lose well-formed input bundled in the same
request. Now, only the malformed input is lost. You do not have to
update your agent for this fix.
Selectable uptime check regions:
Stackdriver Monitoring now lets you select the geographic region(s)
that check your service.
January 18, 2017
New AWS regions: Stackdriver Monitoring now
supports the AWS Canada (ca-central-1) and London
December 12, 2016
Account IDs in URLs: Stackdriver Monitoring has
added the Stackdriver account ID to its URLs. You can now open
multiple tabs for different accounts and more easily share links
with coworkers. URLs without the account ID use the most recently
accessed Stackdriver account.
December 8, 2016
Incident pages (Beta): See Alerting >
Incidents. Each open incident now has a detail page that collects a
graph of the incident, links to affected resources, and the comments made on
Metrics Explorer (Beta): See Resources > Metric
Explorer. Select a monitored resource type and metric. You can
aggregate data across your instances.
November 21, 2016
Time series: The recommended maximum rate of writing data
points to a single time series is changed from 1/sec to 1/min.
New AWS region: Stackdriver Monitoring
now supports the AWS region us-east-2.
Chart options: You can now display data as stacked bar
charts and stacked area charts, using the Stacked option
under Chart Types. Stacked bar charts are automatically
aligned to hour boundaries. Stacked area charts work best with metrics
received at 1-minute intervals.
Chart snapshots: You can now download images of charts in
PNG format. Choose Download Image from
the More menu. The chart legend is not presently rendered.
Group support for metrics: When charting custom and logs-based
metrics, a new Group filter appears under Advanced Options.
The effect of the filter is not shown until after you save the chart.
October 20, 2016
GA: Stackdriver Monitoring is generally
available to Google Cloud Platform customers. Individual features
that are in Alpha or Beta release are marked as such in the
Pricing: Stackdriver is now available in Basic and
Premium service tiers. All existing and new Stackdriver accounts are
entered into a 30-day free trial of the Premium Tier. At the end
of the trial period, you could lose some functionality you had
during the Beta release unless you upgrade to the Premium Tier.
For more details, see Pricing.
API v3: The Stackdriver Monitoring API v3 is
now generally available.
Monitoring agent: A new version of the
Stackdriver Monitoring Agent, v5.5.2-349, is available. Its
improvements include an update to collectd 5.5.2, support MongoDB 3.0,
metrics, and bundled statsd, tail,
and network plugins. For more information,
see Installing the
Charting: You can use log scales in your charts,
and you can zoom both the x- and y-axes by clicking-and-dragging.
Creating alerts: We have introduced a new, more
streamlined user interface for creating and editing alerting
New metrics: New metrics are now available from Cloud
Router, BigQuery, and TaskQueues (pull metrics).
See the Metrics List.
September 11, 2016
The Google Monitoring API (v3) is now known as the Stackdriver Monitoring
API (v3). This change does not affect any code.
The Monitoring v2 API is now deprecated. It is still named the Google Cloud
Monitoring API in APIs & services.
July 26, 2016
Some documentation pages have moved in the table of contents, but their URLs
are the same or have redirections.
All agent-related pages are now part of
the How-To section, Using the Monitoring Agent.
The former "Using Metrics" page has been reorganized into several pages under
Using Custom Metrics.
June 9, 2016
The documentation for metrics and custom metrics has been reorganized and
extended for the Stackdriver Monitoring API v3. See
Using Metrics, and
Metrics List is now a comprehensive list of all
metrics available in Stackdriver Monitoring, including metrics gathered by
the monitoring agent and metrics from Amazon Web Services.
April 27, 2016
The documentation has been reorganized. The
documentation landing page and the left-side navigation
entries have changed. Existing URLs to individual documentation pages will
be redirected if necessary.
The Quickstart has been simplified. It now
includes setting up a virtual machine instance and installing both the
monitoring and logging agents.
March 23, 2016
Google Cloud Monitoring is now Stackdriver Monitoring, part of the
Google Stackdriver suite of products.
You can now monitor
Amazon Web Services (AWS) accounts alongside your Google Cloud Platform
(GCP) projects. Read about Stackdriver accounts and
install the new monitoring agent.
When installing the monitoring agent on an Amazon EC2 VM instance
running Microsoft Windows, ignore the following error message if you get
it only once after the service is started: "StackdriverAgent is running
on an AWS instance but project ID is not set."