Monte Carlo uses a data collector to connect to data warehouses, data lakes and BI tools in order to extract metadata, logs and statistics. The data collector is deployed in Monte Carlo's secure AWS environment across our Fortune 500 clients to ensure a seamless deployment process and best-in-class customer support. This section outlines the architecture and deployment options of the data collector.

Architecture

The data collector architecture is optimized as seen below to ensure maximum security as we interact with your data.

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Architecture

Deployment Options

SaaS Option

Monte Carlo is a SaaS platform. We will take on deployment and management of the data collector. This makes it easier for us to manage the infrastructure in cases like upgrading, operationally monitor the collector's infrastructure, and provide better debugging support.

When Monte Carlo is hosting the data collector, the major configuration required is network connectivity, which your MC representative will help you through.

Hybrid Option

Though the SaaS deployment option is strongly recommended, this is optional and not required. If you have more stringent security/compliance requirements, deploying the collector in your AWS environment is a viable option. Please see our Hybrid Solution documentation for more details regarding this route.

Data Collections

See below for information regarding where Monte Carlo collects data from per integration, and at what interval:

IntegrationMetadataQuery LogsFreshnessVolumeAdvanced Monitors
Redshift1 hour from information schema10 minutes from internal logCalculated from query logs, based on queries that are deemed to update tablesTaken from metadata information every hourCollected through SQL queries, based on user configuration
Snowflake1 hour from information schema1 hour from internal logTaken from metadata information every hourTaken from metadata information every hourCollected through SQL queries, based on user configuration
BigQuery1 hour from information schema1 hour from internal logTaken from metadata information every hourTaken from metadata information every hourCollected through SQL queries, based on user configuration
Data Lakes on s31 hour from metastore (Glue/Hive)1 hour from HIve logs on s3/Presto logs on s3/Athena

In the case of s3 events, logs will be pushed to us as they are loaded to the bucket
Taken from s3 events, pushed to Monte Carlo at the cadence the bucket is loaded toTaken from s3 events, pushed to Monte Carlo at the cadence the bucket is loaded toCollected through SQL queries, based on user configuration. Queries can be executed using Hive/Presto/Athena/Spark
Looker Git12 hours from cloud hosted repos
Tableau API12 hours from API
Looker API4 days
Note: Our Looker API connection retrieves data every 4 days due to Looker API limits.
dbt Cloud1 hour from API
dbt CoreNo interval - pushed to Monte Carlo when CLI command is run

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