Prometheus isn't limited to monitoring just machines and applications, it can provide insight for any system you can get metrics out of. That includes network devices, so let's look at how to monitor SNMP.
First off, let's install and run the SNMP exporter:
wget https://github.com/prometheus/snmp_exporter/releases/download/v0.6.0/snmp_exporter-0.6.0.linux-amd64.tar.gz tar -xzf snmp_exporter-0.6.0.linux-amd64.tar.gz cd snmp_exporter-* ./snmp_exporter
If you visit http://localhost:9116 you can verify it's running.
Next let's configure Prometheus to scrape it (be sure to add your SNMP devices under 'targets' in the following prometheus.yml configuration file):
wget https://github.com/prometheus/prometheus/releases/download/v2.0.0/prometheus-2.0.0.linux-amd64.tar.gz tar -xzf prometheus-2.0.0.linux-amd64.tar.gz cd prometheus-* cat <<'EOF' > prometheus.yml global: scrape_interval: 10s evaluation_interval: 10s scrape_configs: - job_name: 'snmp' metrics_path: /snmp params: module: [if_mib] static_configs: - targets: - 192.168.1.2 # SNMP device - add your IPs here relabel_configs: - source_labels: [__address__] target_label: __param_target - source_labels: [__param_target] target_label: instance - target_label: __address__ replacement: 127.0.0.1:9116 # SNMP exporter. EOF ./prometheus &
If you wait a bit for some scrapes to happen, you can then visit http://localhost:9090/graph to see interface statistics.