InfluxDB can handle hundreds of thousands of data points per second. Working with that much data over a long period of time can create storage concerns. A natural solution is to downsample the data; keep the high precision raw data for only a limited time, and store the lower precision, summarized data for much longer or forever.
InfluxDB offers two features - Continuous Queries (CQ) and Retention Policies (RP) - that automate the process of downsampling data and expiring old data.
This guide offers general hardware recommendations for InfluxDB and addresses some frequently asked questions about hardware sizing. The recommendations are only for the Time Structured Merge tree (TSM) storage engine, the only storage engine available with InfluxDB 1.3. Users running older versions of InfluxDB with unconverted b1 or bz1 shards may have different performance characteristics. See the InfluxDB 0.9 sizing guide for more detail.
Single node or Cluster? General hardware guidelines for a single node General hardware guidelines for a cluster When do I need more RAM?
Querying data using the HTTP API The HTTP API is the primary means for querying data in InfluxDB (see the command line interface and client libraries for alternative ways to query the database).
To perform a query send a GET request to the /query endpoint, set the URL parameter db as the target database, and set the URL parameter q as your query. You may also use a POST request by sending the same parameters either as URL parameters or as part of the body with application/x-www-form-urlencoded.
There are many ways to write data into InfluxDB including the command line interface, client libraries and plugins for common data formats such as Graphite. Here we’ll show you how to create a database and write data to it using the built-in HTTP API.
Creating a database using the HTTP API To create a database send a POST request to the /query endpoint and set the URL parameter q to CREATE DATABASE <new_database_name>.
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