Monitoring Wisdom Posts

Monitoring Kubernetes

Posted by : David Gildeh | Docker Containers, Monitoring Wisdom, Monitoring, Kubernetes

In 2017, we saw the rise and eventual takeover of the container orchestration tool, Kubernetes. Although a lot of great alternatives exist such as Docker Swarm, Mesos and Amazon ECS, Kubernetes became the leader for running containers at scale. Its benefits are that it’s Cloud native (it was designed to run applications at scale on Cloud platforms) and the ability to provide a virtual abstraction layer on top of Cloud providers enabling users to deploy their applications consistently between Cloud providers.

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Baron Schwartz: What Good is Anomaly Detection?

Posted by : David Gildeh | Monitoring Wisdom, Monitoring Sucks, Anomaly Detection

Last November, a good friend of ours, Paul Dix from InfluxData, invited me along to their InfluxDays summit in San Francisco. (Sidenote: Our very own David Cromberge will be presenting at InfluxDays summit in New York next month on why NOT to build your own time-series database and our evolving architecture behind the scenes)

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Monitoring for Microservices

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

Blog post updated January 16, 2018

At Outlyer, one of the key trends we're seeing in the monitoring space, is Microservices. So, are you ready to compete in this Microservices world? Although Microservices tends to be adopted when an online service gets to scale, we've also seen smaller services and start-ups (including us) designing their architectures around this concept so they can scale up easily as they grow.

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Monitoring is a Journey, Not a Destination

Posted by : David Gildeh | Monitoring Wisdom

Not a lot of people know this, but our original name, Dataloop.IO, derives from the term OODA Loop (It was either that or OODA Daddy!). OODA Loop is a term I learned about in the Big Data space when we were starting out, and has really driven our thinking around how we’ve designed Outlyer to help online services become more agile and competitive through monitoring.

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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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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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Dashboard Examples - DevOps Dashboards

Posted by : Steven Acreman | Dashboards, Product Inspiration, Monitoring Wisdom, DevOps

Prioritise service over features

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Dashboard Examples - Dev Dashboards

Posted by : Steven Acreman | Dashboards, Product Inspiration, Monitoring Wisdom, Dev, DevOps

Code Level Metrics

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Dashboard Examples: Ops Dashboards

Posted by : Steven Acreman | Dashboards, Product Inspiration, Monitoring Wisdom

Backups

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Dashboard Examples: Background

Posted by : Steven Acreman | Dashboards, Product Inspiration, Monitoring Wisdom

Everyone loves example dashboards! So we've decided to do a series to highlight a few of the coolest ones. If you're easily bored skip to the bottom set of links to get your dopamine fix of screenshots. For those with a longer attention span hopefully this post helps explain some context.

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