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Access Policies

Leverage Levitate's access policies to perform traffic shaping of time series data in real-time.

Levitate supports automatic data tiering of the metrics based on retention policies. These data tiers have different retention policies. E.g., Blaze Tier stores data for the last two hours, whereas Hot Tier stores data for the last six months. Depending on the use case, the tiers are designed to access their metrics from a fast or slow tier.

It is extremely crucial to ensure that traffic for real-time alerting is always prioritized and served from the fastest Blaze tier. The Grafana queries can be served from the Hot tier without conflicting with alerting. Access Policies ensure that one can create these policy guardrails to ensure the metrics data is accessible from a specific tier based on its purpose.


Access Policies are specific to a Levitate cluster. Different clusters can have different Access Policies.

Each Access Policy is associated with a Token created for a Tier. Tokens allow ACL for time series data by providing a way to access data from specific tiers for either read write or both operations.

Setting up Tokens

To achieve this, create a read token first from Settings -> Tokens.

Creating Access Policy

Once the Token is created, one can create an Access Policies from Settings -> Policies.

That's it, you don't have to change anything more. Just use the token associated with the Alerting policy to configure alertmanager and the token associated with the visualization policy to configure Grafana.

Levitate will take care of performing traffic shaping in real-time.