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Update on InfluxDB Clustering, High Availability and Monetization (influxdata.com)
124 points by KyleBrandt on Mar 10, 2016 | hide | past | web | favorite | 70 comments

I've advocated for and implemented several InfluxDB installations in production over the last year+, and one of the considerations was always that non-alpha (prod-ready) clustering was always promised in the 'next version' that was just around the corner.

Several months ago it seemed clear that the team was overly optimistic, and it's just disappointing to see that now the clustering will be available only in a paid (minimum $400!) option or on their hosted service.

I understand the business considerations here, but it feels like a bait n' switch for all the people who evaluated/used InfluxDB in single-node operation as a temporary measure while giving the team ample time to work out the clustering kinks.

Lesson learned I guess... but dang what an expensive lesson.

I agree, I've invested a bit of time building a monitoring stack with influx, and one of the main reasons I chose it was development velocity vs some of the competition. And from a while back, clustering was supposed to be a top-level issue, coming just around the corner. At this point I'm going to have to bite the bullet and go with a more cumbersome but mature solution, like opentsdb.

I'm sorry for the disappointment and understand your frustration. Our hope is that for users for whom a commercial solution isn't an option, there will be open source methods to do what they need.

The HA page with open source options we put up will be getting more detail over time: https://influxdata.com/high-availability/

We're comitted to continued innovation in the open source InfluxDB and see this as one of the avenues for ensuring that we can continue those open source contributions.

Same situation here. This is beyond "disappointment". Total bait.

This makes me think: an open-source project can be better off if it's not controlled by any one company. While in Prometheus (http://prometheus.io), we might still take a while before we have a clustered remote long-term storage, we'd never prevent it because the project is independent of any company and we'd want the open-source project to be as good as it can be.

Also, there were some tentative thoughts about using InfluxDB as the main long-term storage backend for Prometheus, but that has become pretty much uninteresting now that clustering support (needed for LTS and durability) is basically cancelled for the open-source version.

Still, I guess I can understand that when you're a company, you need to focus on making money.

This is concerning to me, not because I use InfluxDB, but because my company is also a "pure play" OSS vendor. So it's always concerning to see a company fail to achieve success with the pure-play model, and wind up having to go "open core".

Also, there were some tentative thoughts about using InfluxDB as the main long-term storage backend for Prometheus, but that has become pretty much uninteresting now that clustering support (needed for LTS and durability) is basically cancelled for the open-source version.

True, but consider this: Given that InfluxDB (core) is Open Source, there's nothing to stop somebody else from coming along and building a version with clustering support. Whether that will happen or not is, of course, an open question.

There's nothing to stop somebody else from coming along and building a version with clustering support. Whether that will happen or not is, of course, an open question.

Clustering is really really hard. My personal experience with that class of problem is that it took 3 years to get it production ready, and that was for a simpler problem than what needs to be solved here.

The chances of a 3rd party implementing this given that InfluxData plan to have a commercial version seem very low. I'd expect that most companies who want to stay open source will treat this as a standard database that needs client-side sharding and HA (which is the recommend approach - see https://influxdata.com/high-availability/).

True, but a fork is a fork is a fork. It would have to be done very competently (clustering is hard) and maintained long-term, by people who are not even part of InfluxData and thus have a big starting disadvantage in experience and user base. That makes it much less viable, unless there's a huge critical momentum around it.

+1 to Prometheus. I'm a new user but have found the project to be well thought out and have found the community on IRC channel to incredibly helpful and responsive to the community. I'm glad you didn't hitch your wagon to Influx. Is there a reason to not continue with your LevelDB backend long term?


We only use LevelDB for Prometheus's time series indexes, while using a custom-built storage engine for the actual series data. But Prometheus's local storage has always been built as single-node storage without clustering - very much on purpose actually, because we want monitoring and alerting to be decoupled and autonomous enough to not have any hard distributed storage dependencies (as that has a high risk of breaking down when shit hits the fan).

We definitely want to support full remote, distributed, and durable storage for Prometheus, but we still want local nodes to have enough autonomous storage for alerting and short-term inspection of data. Whether some of the technology of the local storage engine will be used for building a clustered storage remains to be seen, but it's likely.

I'm interested in what the pricing will be like at various scales, on Twitter the CEO (Paul Dix) indicated $400 month will be the basic offering for limited cores.

I guess time will tell, but a bigger deal than the money to me is will the clustering actually work well? Clustered databases is an extremely difficult problem. Seen it get better in the years in things like MsSQL, but even with that sort of resources it took a long time (years) for the newer availability model to become stable.

At Stack Overflow we are still using OpenTSBD behind Bosun. But HBase sucks to manage if you don't have any other reason to be using the technology. So I see a lot of users interested in using InfluxDB as the backend (and some do, Bosun can talk to it) because it is easier to get started. But if you know you will have to scale up eventually, all the options right now are not appealing in TSDB land :-/ So if some $$ really does get a good TSDB that scales and reasonable to manage then great, but I'm skeptical.

We're committed to making the clustering a world class product. You're right, it'll take time. However, we'll get there. We'll put the same focused effort and testing into it over the coming months and years that we put into the TSM storage engine, which is working remarkably well at significant loads.

In the meantime, the stuff we have going into the open source is going to make the standalone server (and thus anyone using open source options for HA or clustering) even more performant, stable, and scalable.

While skeptical, I am also very hopeful! I think at Stack we will want to set up a cluster and see how it works for us once it becomes available.

We use a relay (bosun.org/cmd/tsdbrelay) to send data to OpenTSDB and it also "tees" it to Bosun for indexing and another OpenTSDB cluster. So sending all of our data to an Influx cluster will be as simple as adding that as another endpoint to our relay since you have an OpenTSDB endpoint.

...anyone using open source options for HA or clustering...

What open-source option for clustering would this be if the main InfluxDB open-source version won't have clustering anymore? A fork or something built on top of multiple standalone servers somehow?

I think maybe the other HA options, such as using a relay or sharding as stated in https://influxdata.com/high-availability/

That sounds plausible, thanks!

Check out KairosDB. Run on top of Cassandra. It's pretty stable, easy to maintain and update. Comes with some limitations, but still worthy to check out if fits your usage. The server itself is stateless which is great for HA and scaling.

I don't believe Kairos has the ability to create any kind of a retention policy - example "after 4 weeks do rollups of the data to hourly resolution, and keep for 6 months total" Can you explain how you handle that with KairosDB? Also it looks like the KairosDB docs haven't been updated in any significant way in a couple of years(other than moving it to github.io) For a project thats been around for a few years this is kind of surprising.

Unfortunately, KairosDB doesn't do rollups automatically. That sucks, but the performance still works fine for me. Space isn't a issue, Cassandra handles it pretty well. You can set retention policy per data point (TTL) if you need so. If you really need rollups, you can do it manually, saving a query result to a new metric name...

I wasted a lot of time looking for a bulletproof time series db. I found nothing, each one of them have their own set of issues.

The suck of running HBase is that it is several large components, but it actually works. A product that doesn't work and over promises like InfluxDB sucks infinitely more. Use GCE's BigTable if you want to shed the support of HBase.

This basically kills Influxdb for me. We're evaluating influxdb in stand-alone mode to collect limited metrics (grafana) with a view to eventually moving more and more data to Influxdb once clustering became available. $399 per month is ridiculous. Clustering is table stakes.

Lesson learnt: before deploying a new OSS, check if they have a credible plan to support the project. Otherwise skip.

I mean, honestly, $400/mo is table stakes too, if you're actually using a clustered database in production for anything serious.

I think HN in general is being a bit too cynical here. This is an OSS company trying to find a sustainable way to survive. There are going to be some tricky tradeoffs. "They should just charge $20/mo for us small guys!" is not a reasonable course of action.

Regardless of whether this particular pricing plan works out or not, I think it's a good idea for programmers to support other programmers trying to make money on OSS. We are all not served very well by the general attitude of "I heard about this technology last year, it should be $0 now".

How much do you pay per month for: Apache, Nginx, Varnish, Redis, memcached, compilers, interpreters, Nodejs, Cassandra, Linux, Postgresql?

We used to pay for this stuff - remember Sun? Things change.

I suspect what happened with InfluxData is that being venture funded, they see that the funding environment has changed and are racing towards revenue/cash-flow positive. And clustering as a premium feature is, apparently, the answer.

If clustering had been pegged as a premium feature up front then neither I, nor I suspect would anyone else, have a problem. But it wasn't, hence the sour taste.

Yea, but even free software maintainers need money from somewhere. Especially if you want $software to continue improving.

It's fantastic that free software has increased so much in market share. I just wish that more companies would recognize that that only works if they actually pay for development of some projects in some way. That can be directly employing maintainers, contributing patches, sponsoring feature development.

Since that often doesn't suffice you sometimes end up with companies trying to make ends mean with "open-core" type models; even if they'd otherwise prefer not to go down that road.

Yes, remember Sun. Once a strong company, now a shadow of its former self and a "brand" in Oracle's portfolio.

I'm sure giving yet more things away would have saved them (that was sarcasm).

Thank you. The culture of entitlement around software boggles my mind sometimes.

It has nothing to do about entitlement and everything to do with unethical business practices and poor quality in software engineering that many people remain numb to. Yes, InfluxDB is a business and everything they are doing is to appease venture capital, before this announcement and after. Starting as FOSS doesn't absolve you of a continuous failure to deliver. Others have entered the distributed space without the bullshit (FoundationDB is an example I like), so there's not much room for sympathy. InfluxDB can't even make a stable single node database and yet they pump their hype bubble with "next release gonna be webscale" just like the mongodb fiasco of years past. As software professionals, we should hold businesses to higher standards. This isn't a college kid's hobby project.

I doubt you're an actual InfluxDB user, but I'll bite. If thousands of people are using a free standalone server, is that a bad thing? If VCs subsidized the development of this free software, is that also a bad thing?

Software doesn't get written for free. That won't change. VCs can subsidize it for a while but eventually it has to be commercial.

It's also worth noting that FoundationDB was totally closed source and disappeared after the Apple acquisition.

That won't happen with InfluxDB. The open source standalone server code that we develop will continue to live on regardless of what happens with the company.

Nice rhetoric answer about not being a user but a trivial search will find my unresolved bug reports on tsm1. Open source doesn't give you moral high ground to develop poor quality software.

I'm not aware of unresolved bugs on TSM1. We have people running it at significant scale in production. You're on 0.10?

It's not rhetoric. I know people using it so it seems to me you're trying to spread FUD. There are still things we're working on, but we have many happy users that are operating at high scales.

I should also mention that almost all of them are doing this completely for free. Which is great. We want to subsidize our open source software

Yes 0.10. There are many manifestations of it, but https://github.com/influxdata/influxdb/issues/4121#issuecomm... is the most recent report. Telling people tsm1 is still broken is not FUD. I have no skin in the game other than wanting people to not have to waste time and end in frustration. In hindsight I would steer toward any other open source or paid product to have my time back investigating InfluxDB when I bought into the marketing thinking it could be made to work.

First, that bug is closed. Second, the last comment has nothing to do with TSM. Just because a user thinks it's related to the storage engine and posts that, doesn't mean that's what is actually happening.

For that particular user, it is something else they're hitting. Without more info we have no way of knowing why they're hitting that error.

Either I'm lying about people using this thing at significant scale or that user is having some other problem. Put simply, TSM is well tested and works. I'm certain other bugs will come up but the comment you linked has nothing to do with TSM.

I should also note that we have users running Telegraf on thousands of hosts sending metrics to a standalone InfluxDB server.

You're not lying, you're cherry picking cases that support your company's growth and ignoring the reality of bug volume on github and user reports of it not working well at moderate scale.

I have no stake whether you get it together or flop, so from this perspective I will cherry-pick bugs because that is what matters to users of a database which should be boring, stable, reliable, efficient.

With the change of direction on clustering, and I am skeptic of that being done well any time soon given the storage engine history, you have a hard road ahead of you. Until/unless you get it together, there are better choices, especially for pay, and the "everything is fine" message is infuriating.

Also, despite being mean here I do hope you get it together. I just wish you'd reconsider the marketing approach and hold claims of a production release back a long time until the bugs are under control.

Ugh, we are a startup, we invested in influxdb on faith that it would "get there", developed around it, and now we can't afford what they want to charge for the scalable version.

Maybe we can avoid clustering with some workaround, (sharding) but I feel tricked.

I'm sorry that you feel tricked. I hope that one of the open source options handles your use case if commercial software doesn't work for you.

However, we think that the community will be better off if we can continue to contribute to the open source InfluxDB. We want to invest heavily in open and closed source software. Ultimately the open source community will benefit from an open InfluxDB

A pricing model that scaled with usage and was more inexpensive at the low-end would, in my opinion, better serve your company and customers. That way you pull more people into the product and increase the overall size of the pie.

In all seriousness how is it possible that you're running a business and can't afford to pay what is basically a very small amount for some software?

I'm guessing you also have customers and are trying to figure out how it is that you can get them to pay you money so that you yourself can create a long-term business and create better products over time. Right?

I see you've never bootstrapped a startup before.

The clustering was (accidentally) bait and switched and led us to choose this product when we would have made other decisions.

I understand the need to be careful with spending. But you need to keep in perspective what's most important. if you're interested in using something as critical infrastructure but are not paying for it then you have to consider that that critical infrastructure is not going to get better more reliable Etc over time and is likely to die or be acquired. in that sense investing in critical infrastructure is arguably a more important investment to make then in the parking spaces or social events or Etc. Now don't get me wrong maybe you invest in none of the above. Out of curiosity if you later achieve business success and are no longer in bootstrapping mode, would you then feel comfortable paying?

Is it useful to you now without clustering?

Potentially, however, it won't meet our initial design objectives.

One is that we would have a single point of failure.

Another issue is that we can't count on it being expandable space-wise going forward past the single machine level, meaning we can't just assume "and we'll add more machines if data builds up."

I'd have to test at what level (in our system) we'd hit a wall with the throughput for a single-node setup.

And the basic double write HA architecture doesn't work in the short term? It's free and we'll have the code out and OSS with the 0.12 release.

And when it comes time to scale out you still won't be able to afford the commercial version?

Or you could write your own sharding proxy or layer in your application.

We're open to paying once we're rolling. It's more that you've so far only said "basic is $400" and it isn't clear what that means or what will drive people to "more than basic." It's hard to get suprised, and then be waiting for the "fool me twice" pricing to come. I've been a fan of your work since Typhoeus and that's part of why I was happy to bet on you making influx amazing. I just didn't see the pricing risk coming (maybe I should have). For our perspective, the pricing issue is scary because a load test can be high volume without the normal correlation to "really big enterprise business" that makes it a good way to price.

Is the double-write architecture the nginx solution shown here? https://influxdata.com/high-availability/

The free HA option will be based on this repo here: https://github.com/influxdata/influxdb-relay

That will be released and documented with 0.12, which should be in April.

What I meant by basic was that it would be a highly available cluster but not have other features that we have planned. It'll have recoverability, hinted handoff, anti-entropy for eventual consistency and a management and monitoring UI. It will most likely be limited by the number of cores.

Other features like role based access control and other applications we haven't started building yet will be in other pricing packages.

We haven't yet figured out the pricing for scale out clusters and those other features.

People will find increasingly clever ways to work around the lack of clustering, as they always did. This could mean only the top-tier users will be paying, which must be a very small portion of the pie.

Even though this announcement is sold as something that will empower InfluxData to add even more cool features to the open source version, I'm actually worried that it won't be around as an open source product for very long. Let me explain.

InfluxDB is a very fine product but I don't think it has all the momentum it needs to keep going in the long term yet. That means it's still building that critical mass of supporters in an open source ecosystem. With this announcement, InfluxData is eroding the trust that small to medium-sized users had in it so the momentum slows down. If InfluxDB was a no-brainer for anyone starting a time-series project, it is not anymore. All the other alternatives need to be carefully analyzed and, even if InfluxDB is chosen, there is that voice in the back of your head saying you'll be in trouble if you exceed a single node's capacity. Eventually people will jump to the next TSDB solution that offers clustering as soon as it becomes avaiable. Then where are all those paying customers going? It'll then be easier and cheaper for InfluxDB to become a proprietary software company.

While there are some comparisons being made to what Nginx does with its Nginx Plus offering, I think it's the opposite situation. IIRC, since the early days, Nginx has offered a paid product with more features. And recently they have started to add those features to the open source version, so people got happier. InfluxDB has always promised clustering (it was a major selling point, go watch any presentation about it from 2 years ago), shipped the code (even if it's half-working as of now) and now announced it's removing the functionality. Suddenly any InfluxDB node you have (even if it's running just fine without clustering) looks like a lemon.

It's all such bad PR. And it's 2016, haven't hundreds of OSS companies been through this already? Oh well.

I really don't see a point to worry about. So as of 0.12 the OSS product will change; however a new product will come out to bring in replication. Somehow they will produce a private binary that will do the same thing

Single node usage is great for most people; sure it can be useful to cluster and you have that option.

If there's limitations it's open source; those can be removed. Then people would likely use the fork that doesn't have that limitation.

I don't see evil here. Just trying to work on their product

I don't think anyone is saying anything about it being evil, and it may even make sense for InfluxData the company. But for users, not having clustering (for scalability, long-term storage, and durability) will limit the value of the open-source version a lot in the long-term. As for the viability of a fork, see the other comments around that.

"less than ½ of a percent are running active clusters." because it doesn't work. They have been TheatricDB to me for a long time, this is just another nail in the coffin.

We use blueflood developed by Rackspace at Square which uses cassandra , coupled with a query layer called MQE (https://github.com/square/metrics). While it's actively developed, I definitely recommend taking a look if you are interested in highly scalable metrics system with decent strategy for rollups. (100k+ metrics/sec).

The reason we think InfluxDB is compelling as a standalone server is that you can get 300k metrics/sec on a single server. The scale is there for many use cases in the current release

I'm pretty damn angry right now, but I'm sure that in a few days I'll get over it.

I run the tech side of a decent sized startup right now. Having joined ~4 years into the venture, one of my immediate concerns was the lack of visibility into how our system works. Keeping tabs on the performance of several hundred ETL pipelines is not super easy. I decided to double down on InfluxDB, changing the road-map of my infrastructure team.

Then, InfluxData introduced the TICK stack. I can get monitoring and alerting as well? Let's double down again!

I bought hardware, set up a cluster (painful), we filed bug reports, learned what sorts of queries not to run, and we were in good shape. I purchased tickets for a training session and a flight (out of pocket; we don't have travel budget). And then I saw the blog post last night.

All along, I knew that the promise of all of this great technology for free was too good to be true. There was always a little voice in my head asking me about how they actually made money -- I knew that a paid offering + professional services was not sustainable.

I'm angry, but we'll be fine. We're going to break apart our cluster and shard. We've already got code written to do a backup/restore that actually works (slowly) from one cluster to another. If we hit the point where sharding doesn't work, then it'll also probably be financially viable to pay the $399/month (on top of server costs). I'll still go to the training, but I'm not sure what I'll get out of it. The reason why I was going to the training was the section on "Cluster Administration".

The only thing that I'm raw about is the lack of apology. You have to make money, and you had to do a bait-and-switch as a result. I totally understand, but the tone of that blog post was too defensive and unapologetic.

Hopefully this isn't too "pitch"-y, but: if you're looking for a database that's good at time series, will always be open source, and does support scale-out and HA, you might be interested in Apache Kudu (incubating).

Feel free to drop by our Slack (http://getkudu-slack.herokuapp.com ) if you have any questions.

Congrats on the decision. Standalone InfluxDB can be scaled up just fine to meet most usecases, and it's better to have the long-term project sustainability that a hosted/enterprise offering can bring to the standalone offering.

InfluxDB 0.9 still had plenty of bugs, and I'd rather see a high-quality standalone server than any not-quite-there-yet clustered version.

Agreed I would have like to have seen these bugs ironed out before the whole splashy rebranding to Influx Data or whatever they are calling themselves now and their business pivot to a "data platform." I think the timing is unfortunate.

Thanks, we do feel that this will lead to a better overall InfluxDB in both standalone and clustered.

The current version is siginficantly better than 0.9 and it's only getting better

> ... "customers eventually drop support as their infrastructures mature and they look to reduce operating costs"

This is part of the game called software. In some worlds this is actually the goal; that the software works so well and is so reliable that your customers eventually don't all need to keep paying you.

So you find new customers and add new, never advertised before features and enterprise clients with SLA support contracts, etc.

It's very understandable that it's hard to monetize, but giving people the impression clustering was going to be included long term and taking it away is not going to score you points.

Furthermore you want to get all the folks doing a startup on a budget hearing a story that works for them. Most ( especially new or young ) cofounder programmer types rarely plan to not need clustering, even if the reality is most won't need or use it. Saying this is for the big kids only is a turn off at this point in the influx story.

Wish you the best of luck

I understand the need for businesses to make money, but I do not understand how a business can understand OSS and implement the OSS core-only model. If your product has demand, at some point, an OSS project will arise to displace you.

Are there many winners with this model to name. Maybe NGINX, MongoDB?

I do not understand how a business can understand OSS and implement the OSS core-only model

Whenever you see "open core," you should read it as "VCs said we need to do this to keep them happy."

VCs love the idea of how you can give part of something away for free then lock people in to auto-renewing subscription contracts for the whole banana (with fees increasing 7% to 17% every year for ongoing "maintenance"). Many VCs still actively recoil at the thought of giving away everything for free then just hoping the best will happen.

Nginx is a weird example because I'm not sure how well they are doing or who would buy "nginx pro" instead of haproxy+nginx or haproxy+varnish+nginx some other combination of already existing stuff.

MongoDB is an interesting example because they went with the "provide open software, but with really serious, game-stopping flaws, then force people to pay for support because nothing works" route. That's almost literally bait-and-switch (bait-and-support?). But, that hasn't ended up so well for them. From a recent WSJ article: Fidelity has cut its valuation of MongoDB in eight of the nine quarters since Fidelity made its investment in December 2013, valuing the shares 58% below what it paid.

Isn't this what Elasticsearch is doing now? Security is deliberately left out of the offering unless you purchase a very expensive support contract that give you access to Shield? I'm not sure I would call them a winner, its unclear how well they are doing. I think they are mostly running on VC money at the moment. I agree "Open Core" should be regarded with some suspicion.

Do you have a link to the MongoDB WSJ article? They are pretty terrible, even with a support contract bugs have a way of not being resolved or addressed.

Right, so the business model is not new, but winning with it would be.

- Varnish comes to my mind. Has Varnish Plus with paid features. - There's GitLab with CE and EE editions. - Elasticsearch has a similar approach I think. - As you mentioned, there is MongoDB, NGINX etc.

I think this is a reasonable model. It's not easy to build / sustain complex software and while it works for a lot of projects, maybe majority of projects get neglected or depends on a few dedicated contributors. Who often burns out etc.

It also provides some confidence to users (at least to me). I know the project is open source. If the backing company goes evil, a fork can always emerge (iojs comes to mind). And I also know that some people are making money over this software and they will keep it alive / work on it as long as it sustains the business.

Sidekiq is a good example, the author talks about it at https://changelog.com/92/

Axibase Time Series Database is free for pseudo-cluster installations and ships with SQL and visualization included [0].

We also have a fully functional Grafana driver in case the customer prefers it over programmable visualization that we ship.

By programmable visualization I mean a way of building dashboards using toml-flavored configuration [1] and templating language, as opposed to manual design.

[0] https://axibase.com/products/axibase-time-series-database/ [1] https://apps.axibase.com/chartlab/2ef08f32

Druid (http://druid.io/druid-powered.html) is another option for similar workloads. Druid is a community-led open source data store used by many technology companies at very large scale. Comes with multiple visualization/open source applications, SQL interfaces, Grafana extensions, and a community to help with issues.

it appears that paul dix deleted his answer in this stackoverflow question http://web.archive.org/web/20150416175827/http://stackoverfl...

It seems like there are 2 OSS models other there: 1) community supported; 2) company led.

Most of the "community supported" projects that I have used are libraries. Since shifting from developer to the devops team, nearly everything that I rely on is "company led": saltstack, docker, grafana, influxdb, ELK, ngnix, sensu, rabbitmq, etc.

That being said, we are now re-evaluating the use of influxdb.

An interesting way to monetize software could be to have people pay to access official docker images.

You want to pull the latest images an unlimited number of times ? Sure, it is just XXX$/month

Nothing will stop people to build open source containers of the same product, but those won't be "official" and there won't be any update guarantees...

I wonder if clustering will be available in the cloud service?

We use a single server on Influx's cloud service for some internal metrics and it has been running without any interruptions for >6mo.

It will be available in the cloud service in the next few months. But if you want to continue running single server that's ok too

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