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Google Cloud's operations suite provides the following agents for Linux and Windows VM instances.
Which agent should you choose?
The primary agent and preferred agent for collecting telemetry from your
Compute Engine instances. This agent combines logging and metrics into a single agent,
providing YAML-based configurations for collecting your logs and metrics, and features
high-throughput logging. You can configure the Ops Agent to collect logs and metrics
from supported third-party applications.
Legacy 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.
Legacy Logging agent:
Streams logs from common third-party applications and
system software to Cloud Logging. You can configure the agent to stream additional
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