Key cloud tech group behind Kubernetes declares a second project, cloud monitoring software Prometheus, ready for prime time

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It’s graduation day for only the second time in the three-year history of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation: Prometheus, an open-source project that helps companies use performance data to monitor their technology infrastructure, has reached a new milestone.

The CNCF, formed in 2015 to bring a light-touch approach to standard-setting in cloud-native computing, plans to announce Thursday that Prometheus received the proper number of votes from the CNCF Technical Oversight Committee to become a “graduated” project under its umbrella. This designates a certain level of maturity and support from the cloud-native community, and the popular container-orchestration project Kubernetes is the only other project to reach that status to date.

Prometheus was originally developed at SoundCloud, and allows its users to monitor the performance of their infrastructure and applications by interpreting time-series data, a gauge for how complicated systems are changing over time. Monitoring the health of your technology infrastructure was simpler when operations managers just pointed tools at their server farms, but it’s much more complicated in the age of distributing computing, and new tools are evolving to make sure engineers have the right amount of data presented in the right fashion to detect problems and find solutions.

Companies like Uber, Digital Ocean, and Docker are using Prometheus to monitor their infrastructure, according to the CNCF. In order to reach graduation status, projects like Kubernetes and Prometheus have to undergo a security audit and define a governance program for future contributions, which makes it easier for companies that have thinking about using the project to justify the decision to the suits upstairs in management.