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Docker containers are used as data collectors. You write your application in the programming language you choose, and your application should be stateless. You fetch the data for the end-users, push it to our API, then query it and visualize it using the Visualizer.

How do collectors work?

Every container should follow the following steps:

  1. Fetch the information of 500 (fixed number) instances that have not been updated in the last no. of minutes/hours/days/months. (set this in the Collector tab, which is labeled 'Instances should be available for update after')
  2. Fetch the parameters of the instances.
  3. Fetch the data for those instances. (From their source's API)
  4. Push the relevant data to our API.
  5. Mark those instances as updated.

If your monitor doesn't require any parameters, the steps will be:

  1. Fetch the data.
  2. Push the data to our API.

After doing that and pushing your collector, CoreBI will run it periodically.