Monitoring Wisdom Posts

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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Monitoring Java apps with Nagios, Graphite and StatsD

Posted by : Steven Acreman | Programming, Monitoring Wisdom, DevOps, Java | 2 Comments

I’ve always found it strange that Java is the most popular programming language on the planet yet actually getting stats out is extremely frustrating. I’ll go through the ways I’ve tried, from worst to best.

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Real-Time Monitoring

Posted by : Steven Acreman | Monitoring Wisdom, Monitoring, Real-time, DevOps

The words ‘Real-Time’ can be found on the glossy websites of many monitoring products. Rarely do you find any context behind those words. Does it really mean ‘Real-Time’? Or, is there some noticeable lag between metrics being collected, sent and displayed. The truth will vary quite a bit between products and yet the marketing words remain the same which is very confusing.

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Docker Monitoring

Posted by : Steven Acreman | Monitoring Wisdom, DevOps, Docker, SysAdmin

Battling mess is an ongoing struggle that has plagued most of my career. Docker presents an opportunity to explosively increase the chance of mess. You can of course reduce mess with a local registry, proper build process and sane use of docker files. Unfortunately, if my experiences pre-docker-era are anything to go by, things will not be done properly.

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