Deploying and monitoring a Redis cluster to Oracle Container Engine (OKE)

1 Introduction

In the previous post, you learned how to add a simple extension to the terraform-oci-oke project so that it uses the Redis helm chart to deploy a Redis cluster on Kubernetes.

In the current tutorial, you’ll build on this background by exploring how set up Promtheus to monitor your Redis cluster.

Key tasks include how to:

  • Deploy a Redis cluster
  • Monitor the Redis cluster with Prometheus
  • Populate the Redis cluster with existing data using Redis Mass Insertion
  • Visualize the mass-insertion process with Grafana
  • Use the Terraform helm provider as an alternate deployment and monitoring procedure

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2 Before you begin


  • An Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Free Tier account. Start for Free.
  • A MacOS, Linux, or Windows computer with ssh support installed.
  • Access to Grafana.
  • Access to helm.

3 Deploy Prometheus Operator

  1. To get things started, open a terminal and create a namespace for Prometheus:

    kubectl create namespace monitoring
  2. If you are using the terraform-oci-oke module and have provisioned the bastion host, helm is already installed and pre-configured for you! Just login to the bastion host and deploy the Prometheus operator:

    helm install --namespace monitoring \
    stable/prometheus-operator \
    --name prom-operator \
    --set kubeDns.enabled=true \
    --set prometheus.prometheusSpec.serviceMonitorSelectorNilUsesHelmValues=false \
    --set coreDns.enabled=false \
    --set kubeControllerManager.enabled=false \
    --set kubeEtcd.enabled=false \
    --set kubeScheduler.enabled=false

    By setting serviceMonitorSelectorNilUsesHelmValues to false you ensure that all ServiceMonitors will be selected.

  3. Get a list of pods and identify the ones associated with Prometheus:

    kubectl -n monitoring get pods | grep prometheus

    The system will echo something similar to the following:

    alertmanager-prom-operator-prometheus-o-alertmanager-0   2/2     
    Running   0          18s                                                        
    prom-operator-prometheus-node-exporter-9xhzr             1/1     
    Running   0          24s                                                        
    prom-operator-prometheus-node-exporter-qtbvv             1/1     
    Running   0          24s                                                        
    prom-operator-prometheus-node-exporter-wjbfp             1/1     
    Running   0          24s                                                        
    prom-operator-prometheus-o-operator-79ff98787f-4t4k7     1/1     
    Running   0          23s                                                        
    prometheus-prom-operator-prometheus-o-prometheus-0       3/3     
    Running   1          11s
  4. In another terminal, set your local KUBECONFIG environment variable and run kubectl port-forward locally to access the Prometheus Expression Browser:

    export KUBECONFIG=generated/kubeconfig
    kubectl -n monitoring port-forward prometheus-prom-operator-
    prometheus-o-prometheus-0 9090:9090
  5. To verify the targets, open your browser and access the Prometheus Expression Browser at http://localhost:9090/targets

    Prometheus targets

Configure Grafana

Next, you’ll verify that Grafana has been configured properly and already has Prometheus as a datasource. With this set, you’ll be able monitor your Redis installation once it’s been deployed.

  1. In a console, get a list of pods and identify the ones associated with Grafana:

    kubectl -n monitoring get pods | grep grafana

    This will echo something similiar to the following:

    grafanaprom-operator-grafana-77cdf86d94-m8pv5 2/2     Running   0          57s
  2. Run kubectl port-forward locally to access Grafana:

    kubectl -n monitoring port-forward prom-operator-grafana-77cdf86d94-m8pv5 3000:3000
  3. Access Grafana by connecting to port 30 on your browser (http://localhost:3000).

    Login with admin/prom-operator. Use the default username and password if you have not yet changed them. Once you’ve logged in, you should be able to see the default Kubernetes dashboards.

4 Deploy Redis Cluster

  1. Create a namespace for Redis:

    kubectl create namespace redis
  2. Use helm to deploy the Redis cluster:

    helm install --namespace redis \
    stable/redis \
    --name redis \
    --set cluster.enabled=true \
    --set cluster.slaveCount=3 \
    --set master.persistence.size=50Gi \
    --set slave.persistence.size=50Gi \
    --set metrics.enabled=true \
    --set metrics.serviceMonitor.enabled=true \
    --set metrics.serviceMonitor.namespace=monitoring
  3. Access the Prometheus Expression Browser again (http://localhost:9090/targets) and verify that Redis is now listed as one of the targets:

    Prometheus now with Redis target

5 Import Redis Dashboard for Grafana

  1. Login to Grafana (http://localhost:3000).
  2. Select + on the left-hand menu to import a dashboard.
  3. Enter the dashboard id 2751 in the dashboard field:

    Import screen in Grafana
  4. After the dashboard is loaded, select the Prometheus datasource:

    Grafana with Prometheus loaded
  5. Select Import. You should now have a functioning Redis dashboard in Grafana!

    A functioning Redis dashboard in Grafana

Mass-insert data into Redis

In this step, you’ll learn a neat little time saver that will allow you to import large amounts of data into Redis using a csv file.

Format your initial files.csv

  1. First, make sure that your file.csv data file is set up with the same format as the one shown below:

    id, first name, age, gender, nickname, salary
    1, John Smith, 40, Male, John, 10000
    2, Marco Polo, 43, Male, Marco, 10000
    1999999, Tom Cruse, 50, Male, Tom, 10001
  2. To import your csv file into Redis, run the following command in your console:

    awk -F, 'NR > 1{ print "SET", "\"employee_"$1"\"", "\""$0"\"" }' file.csv | redis-cli --pipe

Generate dataset with mimesis

In this part, you’ll be using the mimesis package to create a dataset based on the information you provided in file.csv.

  1. In a console, install mimesis:

    pip install mimesis
  2. Your initial dataset will need a little tweaking to be ready for use in Redis. So, in this part, you’ll adapt the mimesis schema a little bit to create a new csv file using Python. Create a file with the following content:

    import csv
    from mimesis import Person
    from mimesis.enums import Gender
    en = Person('en')
    with open('file.csv',mode='w') as csv_file:
    field_names = ['id', 'full name', 'age', 'gender', 'username', 'weight']
    writer = csv.DictWriter(csv_file, fieldnames=field_names)
    for n in range(100000):
    writer.writerow({'id': str(n), 'first name': en.full_name(), 'age': 
    str(en.age()), 'gender': en.gender(), 'username':en.username(),
  3. In a console, run the Python script to generate the data:


    This will create a file.csv in the current directory. You can configure a PersistentVolume to store and load the data, but for the purpose of this tutorial, you’ll do a quick hack by installing Redis on the bastion.

Install and configure Redis on the bastion

  1. In your console, run:

    sudo yum install redis -y

    This will allow you to use the redis-cli from the bastion where you’ve generated/uploaded your file.csv.

  2. On the bastion, get a list of Redis pods:

    kubectl -n redis get pods

    The system will echo something similar to the following:

                                     NAME   READY    STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE                                                                                
    redis-master-0                   1/1     Running   0          156m                                                                               
    redis-metrics-794db76ff7-xmd2q   1/1     Running   0          156m                                                                               
    redis-slave-7fd8b55f7-25w8d      1/1     Running   1          156m                                                                               
    redis-slave-7fd8b55f7-hvhmc      1/1     Running   1          156m                                                                               
    redis-slave-7fd8b55f7-mjq8q      1/1     Running   1          156m
  3. Afterwards, use port-forward so you can access the Redis master using the redis-cli:

    k -n redis port-forward redis-master-0 6379:6379

    Redis wil echo something similar to the following:

    Forwarding from -> 6379
  4. Open a new terminal, login to the bastion and obtain the Redis password:

    export REDIS_PASSWORD=$(kubectl get secret --namespace redis redis -o jsonpath="{.data.redis-password}" | base64 --decode)

    Just as a check, do a quick test to see if you can connect to Redis. In a cosole, run:

    redis-cli -a $REDIS_PASSWORD127.0.0.1:6379> 

    Redis will echo with something similar to the following:

    PONG                                                                                                                                                                   >

Prep Grafana for csv import

Before you import your csv, you’ll first need to access Grafana (http://localhost:3000).

  1. In a new terminal, run kubectl port-forward locally. Also, make sure that you navigate to the Redis Dashboard and set the refresh to every 5 seconds:

    kubectl -n monitoring port-forward prom-operator-grafana-77cdf86d94-m8pv5 3000:3000
  2. Import your csv:

    awk -F, 'NR > 1{ print "SET", "\"employee_"$1"\"", "\""$0"\"" }' file.csv | redis-cli -a $REDIS_PASSWORD --pipe

    The system will echo with something similar to:

    All data transferred. Waiting for the last reply...                                                                                      
    Last reply received from server.
    errors: 0, replies: 1000000

    The Redis cluster is now deployed and actively being monitored by Prometheus!

    At this point, you may want to watch the Redis dashboard in Grafana. You can see the immediate jump in Network IO, the number of items in the DB as well as the amount of memory used.

    Redis Dashboard after mass insertion

6 Installing the Prometheus Operator and Redis cluster using the Terraform helm provider

Earlier in this tutorial, you learned how to manually install the Prometheus Operator and Redis Cluster through the cli, but this isn’t the only option available to you. You can also achieve the same results using the Terraform helm provider, but there are a few important things to keep in mind while doing so.

As you’re enabling monitoring on Redis, you’ll now need to ensure that the relevant custom resource definitions (CRDs) are created. Previously, the manual steps you performed made certain that the CRDs were created and in the proper order.
However, when you use Terraform to do the provisioning, you’ll need to explicitly set the order as follows:

resource "helm_release" "prometheus-operator" {
resource "helm_release" "redis" {  

   depends_on = ["helm_release.prometheus-operator"]

Congratulations! After performing these steps, you’ve ensured that the prometheus-operator release is created first, along with all the necessary CRDs that the Redis release will need (like Alertmanager, Prometheus, PrometheusRule, and ServiceMonitor) for Prometheus to be able to monitor the Redis cluster.

7 What's Next

You have successfully deployed a Redis cluser and enabled monitoring with Prometheus.

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