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.
March 12, 2018
Beginning on June 30, 2018, Stackdriver is switching to consumption-based pricing, including revised quotas. For more information, see Stackdriver Upcoming Pricing.
March 8, 2018
January 29, 2018
The Stackdriver email reports that you can configure for your Stackdriver
account have been improved. Issues with the content and the
delivery of reports have been fixed, and the from address for the reports has
been changed from
email@example.com. The Utilization section, present only
if the Monitoring Agent is installed,
now lists the 10 groups with the highest utilization, and a new summary row
reports overall utilization for the Stackdriver account.
January 17, 2018
The name of the Stackdriver Monitoring agent process on Windows has been
updated. It now shows up in the system process list as
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.
October 19, 2017
Beta release: The Stackdriver Monitoring agent can now export collectd and statsd metrics as Stackdriver custom metrics. For more information, see Custom Metrics from the Agent and the agent's StatsD plugin.
October 17, 2017
Beta release: The Uptime Configuration API and uptime metrics are now available. The API, part of the Stackdriver Monitoring API, lets you create and edit uptime checks. The status of your checks is recorded in the uptime metrics.
October 2, 2017
Calls to 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
Cloud Interconnect custom dashboards and alert monitoring are available in
Beta release. For details, see the
interconnect metrics and
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 Access Control.
Agent permissions in VM instances: The agent no longer needs
the Project Editor IAM role; it only needs the Monitoring
Metric Writer role (
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 agent.
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
Uptime checks have a new overview and detail dashboards. See Uptime Checks.
Singapore region support:
Stackdriver now supports the Singapore region,
April and May 2017
v2beta2 API turndown: The deprecated v2beta1 and v2beta2 APIs will be shut down during August 2017.
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
are available as Agent metrics and can be used
for charting and alerting.