"It would have been nice, if any command which is already present in every distro could be used."
this really sums up why I wrote collectl. there aren't any consistent tools for monitoring system counters. there are certainly plenty of tools, but they all do it differently. some log to files, some don't. some provide timestamps, some don't. some show instance level data, some don't.
so while collectl isn't on all distros it certainly runs on all and it DOES do everything consistently, or at least tries to wherever it can.