Thanos and the Prometheus Operator.

Note: This guide is valid for Prometheus Operator v0.28+ and Thanos v0.2+ and above.

Thanos is a set of components that can be composed into a highly available, multi Prometheus metric system with potentially unlimited storage capacity, if your Object Storage allows for it.

Before continuing with Prometheus Operator Thanos integration, it is recommended to read more about Thanos in the documentation.

What does the Prometheus Operator help with?

Prometheus Operator operates Prometheus and optionally ThanosRuler components. Other Thanos components, such as the querier and store gateway, must be configured separately. The Thanos system integrates with Prometheus by adding a Thanos sidecar to each Prometheus instance. The Thanos sidecar can be configured directly in the Prometheus CRD. This Sidecar can hook into the Thanos querying system as well as optionally back up your data in object storage.

Each component other than the sidecar and ThanosRuler is deployed independently of the Prometheus Operator and its Thanos configuration. The kube-thanos project has some starting points for other Thanos components deployments.

In short, for the Thanos integration using the Prometheus Operator to work correctly you will need to have these extra components installed and configured.

Prometheus Custom Resource with Thanos Sidecar

The Prometheus CRD has support for adding a Thanos sidecar to the Prometheus Pod. To enable the sidecar, reference the following examples.

This is the simplest configuration change that needs to be made to your Prometheus Custom Resource, after creating the secret.

    version: v0.8.1

Configuring Thanos Object Storage

If you want sidecar to be able to upload blocks to object storage you need to tell Prometheus Operator about it.

In this mode, sidecar assumes an existing Kubernetes Secret containing the Thanos configuration. Inside this secret you configure how to run Thanos with your object storage.

For more information and examples about the configuration itself, take a look at the Thanos documentation:

Once you have written your configuration save it to a file. Here’s an example:

type: s3
  bucket: thanos
  access_key: XXX
  secret_key: XXX

Let’s assume you saved this file to /tmp/thanos-config.yaml. You can use the following command to create a secret called thanos-objstore-config inside your cluster in the monitoring namespace.

kubectl -n monitoring create secret generic thanos-objstore-config --from-file=thanos.yaml=/tmp/thanos-config.yaml

And then you can specify this secret inside Thanos part of the Prometheus CRD we mentioned earlier:

    version: v0.8.1
      key: thanos.yaml
      name: thanos-objstore-config

This will attach Thanos sidecar that will backup all new blocks that Prometheus produces every 2 hours to the object storage.

NOTE: This option will also disable local Prometheus compaction. This means that Thanos compactor is the main singleton component responsible for compactions on a global, object storage level.

Thanos Ruler

The Thanos Ruler component allows recording and alerting rules to be processed across multiple Prometheus instances. A ThanosRuler instance requires at least one queryEndpoint which points to the location of Thanos Queriers or Prometheus instances. The queryEndpoints are used to configure the --query arguments(s) of the Thanos runtime.

kind: ThanosRuler
  name: thanos-ruler-demo
    example: thanos-ruler
  namespace: monitoring
      role: my-thanos-rules

The recording and alerting rules used by a ThanosRuler component, are configured using the same PrometheusRule objects which are used by Prometheus. In the given example, the rules contained in any PrometheusRule object which match the label role=my-thanos-rules will be added to the Thanos Ruler POD.

Other Thanos Components

Deploying the sidecar was the first step towards getting Thanos up and running, but there are more components to be deployed, that complete Thanos:

Additionally, when object storage backup is desired:

Again, take a look at the Thanos documentation for more details on these components:

kube-thanos project has already supported several thanos components. For more details, please checkout kube-thanos.