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Make README.md introduction less esoteric.

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# Prometheus
Bedecke deinen Himmel, Zeus! A new kid is in town.
Prometheus is a generic time series collection and computation server that is
useful in the following fields:
* Industrial Experimentation / Real-Time Behavioral Validation / Software Release Qualification
* Econometric and Natural Sciences
* Operational Concerns and Monitoring
The system is designed to collect telemetry from named targets on given
intervals, evaluate rule expressions, display the results, and trigger an
action if some condition is observed to be true.
TODO: The above description is somewhat esoteric. Rephrase it into
something that tells normal people how they will usually benefit from
using Prometheus.
Prometheus is a systems and service monitoring system. Prometheus' main
distinguishing features as compared to other monitoring systems are:
- a **multi-dimensional** data model (timeseries defined by metric name and set of key/value dimensions)
- a **flexible query language** to leverage this dimensionality
- no dependency on distributed storage; **single server nodes are autonomous**
- timeseries collection happens via a **pull model** over HTTP
- **pushing timeseries** is supported via an intermediary gateway
- targets are discovered via **service discovery** or **static configuration**
- multiple modes of **graphing and dashboarding support**
- **federation support** coming soon
Prometheus collects metrics from configured targets at given intervals,
evaluates rule expressions, displays the results, and can trigger alerts
if some condition is observed to be true.
## Install
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