Choosing to monitor your stake pool initially, it can be a daunting task, but the creation of a few community created tools has made the process very easy. There are so many to choose from, and in the future, the list will continue to grow. There are critical features that every monitoring system should have, and others that are nice to have. I have three main tools I use the first being Prometheus + Grafana, PegasusPool, and OxHead.
Prometheus + Grafana
If you are looking for the ultimate tool for a Stake Pool operator, look no further than Prometheus + Grafana. P+G can be modified to show you more information than the standard install. The cleanliness and the accessibility are off the charts, not to mention there is a ton of Prometheus documentation and a ton of Grafana documentation. P+G is easily the most popular way to monitor a Cardano Stakepool for a good reason too.
When it comes to having a tool to monitor the Horizn Digital pool on the go, my first choice is always the PegasusPool app. Pegasus is an app that allows for easy monitoring for when you are away from your desk. It allows for the freedom of being on the go and still have the ability to check and see how things are going. Plus, the ability to set alerts is crucial; I can’t think of a more useful tool for not only pool operators and the pool delegates as well. Then when we take a look at the UI is sleek and very clean.
Ox Head is the desktop dashboard that I prefer to use when I am not on mobile. Leo is the developer working on the project, is in the process of making a mobile version, which I will be sure to try once released. You can connect to it via an ssh tunnel, which works great. And it shows up in the browser, which is excellent for accessing the node remotely. Which is fantastic, and the project is open source and hosted on Gitlab. The project is on Gitlab, and that is great for posting any issues you might have. Leo has been doing a fantastic job answering issues and questions posted on the Gitlab repository. Not to mention it’s written in elm, which is a great front end functional programming language. If you have a chance, I recommend trying OxHead.
I highly recommend these tools to monitor a Cardano StakePool right now; they are the best. I know other tools exist, but when I was looking for what tools I should use one of the main things I looked for was if it was open source and when the last time it was updated. Making sure to use a monitoring tool that was continually being working on and improved is a must-have for me. A project either needs to have someone working on it, or have enough documentation for me to resolve any issues that I have myself. I hope this post helps you find a monitoring solution for your stake pool. If you have a monitoring tool that you are using, go ahead and mention it in a comment below. While you are here, please check out some of my other posts!