Due to the massive scale of Google, such a system would have to have two key attributes:
- The ability to consume and process massive amounts of data very quickly. In fact, the Wavefront website make the claim, “Enterprise-grade cloud monitoring and analytics at over 1 million data points per second.”
- The ability to quickly find what you want in this massive ocean of data
So, it is clear that the folks at Wavefront viewed modern monitoring to be a big data problem, and it is clear that some people at VMware were willing to pay a fair amount of money for a monitoring system that took a real-time and highly scalable approach to monitoring.