Brewing in Beats: Monitor memcached with Metricbeat

Welcome to Brewing in Beats! With this weekly series, we're keeping you up to date with what's new in Beats, including the latest commits and releases.

This month the number of Go developers in the Beats team increases with 2. We are pleased to have Giuseppe and Carlos joining the rhythm of Beats.

Metricbeat: Add support for memcached

Metricbeat is now able to monitor the overall status of memcached by using the stats metricset of the memcached module. It gives you information like how many SET vs GET commands were, or how many connections are established vs total.

New community Beat: Icingabeat

Icingabeat ships events and states from Icinga 2 to Elasticsearch or Logstash. You can read more about introducing Icingabeat here.

New community Beat: Gpfsbeat

Gpfsbeat collects GPFS metric and quota information, and index it into Elasticsearch. The General Parallel File System (GPFS) is a high-performance clustered file system developed by IBM.

New community Beat: Nvidiagpubeat

Nvidiagpubeat uses NVIDIA System Management Interface (nvidia-smi) to monitor NVIDIA GPU devices and can ingest metrics into Elasticsearch cluster. nvidia-smi is a command line utility, based on top of the NVIDIA Management Library (NVML), intended to aid in the management and monitoring of NVIDIA GPU devices.

Nvidiagpubeat with help of nvidia-smi allows administrators to query GPU device state. It is targeted at the TeslaTM, GRIDTM, QuadroTM and Titan X product, though limited support is also available on other NVIDIA GPUs.

Other changes since last update

Changes in 5.3:


  • Improve handling of different path variants on Windows #3781


  • Add info about config file ownership and permissions #3753

Changes in 5.x:

All Beats

  • Remove _all field from template for ES >= 6.0 #3778

Changes in master:

All Beats

  • Update monitoring client retry parameters #3659
  • Fix get_version command #3727
  • Use monitoring package instead of expvar #3739 #3745
  • Always traverse sub-registries #3748
  • Set _type=doc to all exported events  #3757
  • Print error when downloading dashboards #3805
  • Introduce logp.Deprecate to be used for deprecation #3814


  • Remove deprecated geoip feature #3766
  • Remove topology map #3769


  • Remove convert old states code #3767


  • Make system process metricset honor cpu_ticks config option #3776
  • Make http fields in HAProxy optional to improve compatibility with 1.5 #3788
  • Introduce error reporting in schema #3790
  • Make common.Time discoverable by mapstriface.Time #3812
  • Use environment variables in haproxy testing #3817
  • Add tests for different Apache status outputs #3819