Today we released the first version of annotations. You can use annotations to post events into Dataloop that are useful when diagnosing issues on dashboards. For example you could post an annotation when you deploy a new version of your software, or run configuration management on a server.
This past March, we held our DevOps Exchange London at Marks & Spencer HQ on March 17th. As usual, we had an eventful evening with good chats, networking, pizza and drinks to commemorate St. Patrick's Day. Join DevOps Exchange London Meetup to stay tuned for all future events: DOXLON Meetup.
Grouping things up into easily deployable artifacts isn't a new concept. Most monitoring tools mature to the stage where you can import pre-baked configuration that helps speed up monitoring of services. We recently added a Packs Library to Dataloop that uses our unique plugin deployment technology to single click install monitoring for common services. On top of this we added auto-discovery to automate the installation of packs. So now you can get from no monitoring to a base coverage for your common services across thousands of hosts in a matter of minutes.
Disclaimer: This blog applies to monitoring at SaaS companies.
Monitoring projects are quite common in large organisations. Usually they kick off at the beginning of the year when everyone is fresh and renewed from the holidays. A large block of time is allocated to 'cleaning up what we have to make it useful'. Everyone dreams of a day when the various systems actually reflect reality.