Annotations

Posted by : Steven Acreman | Product Updates

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.

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New Features (May 2016)

Posted by : Steven Acreman | Product Updates, Monitoring, Alerts, New Feature

Lots of updates this month including a rewritten alerts system, auto discovery, private packs, wildcard metric support and a bunch more of small changes.

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The Ultimate Guide to Monitoring Microservices

Posted by : David Gildeh | DevOps Wisdom, Monitoring, Microservices, DevOps | 1 Comment

 

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Alerts Version 2

Posted by : Steven Acreman | Product Updates, Monitoring, Alerts

The alerting system in Dataloop has undergone a complete overhaul over the past couple of months. Today we've released our Alerts V2.

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#DOXLON DevOps Exchange (March 17) - DevOps Exchange March 2016

Posted by : David Gildeh | DevOps Exchange London, DOXLON, DevOps Exchange (DOXLON), DevOps

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.

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Package Management for Monitoring

Posted by : Steven Acreman | Product Updates, Monitoring, Microservices

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.

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New Features (April 2016)

Posted by : Steven Acreman | Product Updates, Docker

April was another busy month at Dataloop with updates to our alerts UI, a new dashboard widget and improvements on our Docker monitoring and command line tool.

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A practical guide to alerting

Posted by : Steven Acreman | Monitoring Wisdom, Monitoring, Alerts

Alerts should be simple to understand and actionable when triggered. Spending lots of time fixing spammy alerts is not the most fun job in the world. Especially if you have no idea if what you are fixing is actually worth fixing.

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Our experiences with Erlang

Posted by : Steven Acreman | Erlang, Engineering, Dalmatimer DB

Erlang Solutions were kind enough to invite me to speak at their user group last month. The talk was pretty high level and goes into some of the problems we wanted to solve, technology choices and discusses our new time series database - Dalmatiner DB.

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A typical monitoring project

Posted by : Steven Acreman | Monitoring Wisdom, Monitoring, SaaS

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.

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