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January 26, 2023

Open Source Times Series Database VictoriaMetrics Sees Significant Growth

Ukrainian startup VictoriaMetrics has announced a 252% growth in 2022. The company is known for its open source time series database and monitoring solution.

The company’s downloads reached 100 million in 2022, including one million on GitHub. Its enterprise offering grew by 289% over the last year, and Grammarly, Wix, and Adidas are among its customers.

VictoriaMetrics was founded by Aliaksandr Valialkin, Dzmitry (Dima) Lazerka, Roman Khavronenko, and Artem Navoiev, all former engineers from Google, Cloudflare, and Lyft. The team wanted to address scalability issues with existing open source monitoring and observability solutions.

The company notes that use cases for times series database monitoring have soared, and it has expanded its offerings to meet many different applications, including integrating its monitoring solution with edge computing. One example is a collaboration with Open Cosmos, a multi-satellite data platform, to provide edge computing capabilities for launching low Earth orbit satellites.

Another interesting use case is at European laboratory CERN, where VictoriaMetrics is used as part of the monitoring tasks for the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment. The solution is used for long-term storage for both the messages from the lab’s NATS messaging system as well as Prometheus, and also as a data source for visualizing metrics in Grafana. The CMS project is focused on examining extra dimensions and dark matter, and it opted for VictoriaMetrics after encountering scalability issues with long-term monitoring partners Prometheus and InfluxDB, according to a release.

VictoriaMetrics claims that its solution can help reduce environmental impact and can result in cost savings. In a benchmark study performed by the company against Grafana Mimir, another times series database, results showed VictoriaMetrics used 1.7x less CPU for the same workload, 5x less RAM for the same number of active series, and 3x less storage space for 24 hours of data than Mimir.

Another notable event for the company in 2022 was the October release of Managed VictoriaMetrics on AWS Marketplace. This fully managed service provides a “production ready” version on AWS, managed by the VictoriaMetrics support team who performs DevOps tasks like configuration, maintenance, and logs collection, along with software updates and backups.

For 2023, the company plans to release VictoriaLogs, a Go library for use in analytics and monitoring applications, and MetricsQL, a query language that improves upon PromQL.

A tweet from VictoriaMetrics Co-founder Roman Khavronenko highlighting growth in pull requests over the last three years. (Source: VictoriaMetrics)

Resilience is the word the company chose to sum up the year 2022 in a recent blog post highlighting its growth. The VictoriaMetrics founders were forced to flee their home country due to the Russia-Ukraine war, and have since relocated to San Francisco, Austria, and Poland. “When we posted our first ever Momentum blog about a year ago detailing our 2021 achievements, we were just weeks away from Russia’s renewed attack on Ukraine. While the war isn’t won yet and we’re approaching the one year anniversary of the attack, it’s heartening to see how much has changed around the world and that almost everyone now knows the expression: Slava Ukraini!” the post said.

“Our growth this year is testament to the growing demand for time series database monitoring solutions. VictoriaMetrics’ scalability fills a gap in the market that other solutions overlooked,” said Co-founder Khavronenko. “The fact that we have achieved this growth completely remotely is proof of the resilience and ingenuity of our team. We’re looking forward to continuing to innovate and serve our growing community in the coming year and beyond.”

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