Release Notes

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 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.

Cloud ML: Cloud Machine Learning Engine metrics are available for dashboards and alerting.

Cloud Spanner: Cloud Spanner metrics are available for dashboards and alerting.

Cloud Dataflow: Cloud Dataflow is now integrated with Stackdriver Monitoring. For more details, see the Big Data and Machine Learning Blog.

Monitoring agent: Although the statsd plugin is distributed with the Monitoring agent, there are not yet any instructions for using the plugin with Stackdriver Monitoring.

February 6, 2017

Process owner: 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 stackdriver-agent/5.5.2-359. See 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 (eu-west-2) regions.

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 the incident.

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. See Writing metric data.

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 documentation.

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, agent health metrics, and bundled statsd, tail, and network plugins. For more information, see Installing the Monitoring Agent.

Custom metrics: Custom metric descriptors are created as needed when you write time series data. See Auto-creation of custom metrics.

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 policies.

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 the API Manager.

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 Metrics, Using Metrics, and Metrics List.

The Stackdriver Monitoring API v3 reference documentation now includes code samples for each method. For example, see metricDescriptors.list. Sample Code will continue to be available on GitHub.

June 6, 2016

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. Known issue:

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."

March 17, 2016

The Monitoring API v3 is now available. Users are encouraged to begin upgrading from the Cloud Monitoring API v2. See What's new in the v3 API and look at the new code samples on GitHub.

September 29, 2015

Charts now have a View Logs option in their settings menu.

January 7, 2015

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