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Monitoring News, Articles, and Blog posts
Time Series Database Lectures - Paul Dix (InfluxDB)

Carnegie Mellon has started a lecture series on time series databases, which is both apropos and super neat. First up is Paul Dix, the founder behind InfluxDB. Click through for an hour of Paul talking about the unique challenges of TSDBs, TSDB design, and InfluxDB internals.

Accepting proposals for PDX 2018 – The Monitorama Blog

The CFP for Monitorama 2018 has opened! Monitorama, for those new to the delightful world of monitoring, is a conference dedicated entirely to the topic for three straight days of incredible talks by awesome people. Bonus points for being the most friendly, inclusive conference I’ve had the pleasure of attending. Submit a talk or three and teach us what you’ve learned.

Grafana 4.5 Released

The latest major release of Grafana is out, sporting several new fun features. I really like the new Prometheus query editor, but there’s several more useful additions in this release.

Monitoring Isn’t Observability

Continuing the discussion of “what the hell is observability”, the author of this article makes the case that monitoring is an action–a thing you do–while observability is a property or attribute, much like “testability” or “usability.”

Monitoring SSL Certificate Expiry in GCP and Kubernetes

The author describes how they built a mechanism for automatically monitoring certificate renewals when using GCP, k8s, Prometheus, and Let’s Encrypt.

Jan-Piet Mens :: DNS query/response logging with dnstap

Do you run your own DNS systems? Are you logging queries? No? Thought so. dnstap makes this job so much easier while also giving significantly more capabilities (such as also logging the DNS response instead of just the query). Also: this one won’t cause your DNS servers to curl up into a fetal position in the corner due to the IO intensity of normal query logging. The results get dumped into a log file on disk, which is a great candidate for sending to your log analysis platform.

**[InfluxDB Prometheus Interoperability Native Read Write Support](https://www.influxdata.com/blog/influxdb-now-supports-prometheus-remote-read-write-natively/)**

Basically as the title says: the first steps for tighter integration between InfluxDB and Prometheus are done: native read/write support between them.

See you next week!

– Mike (@mike_julian) Monitoring Weekly editor