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Scalyr logoWhy Distributed Tracing Will Be So Important in 2019

Distributed tracing helps you troubleshoot problems you don’t even know you have, and it’s only going to become more important as your software gets more complex.

Latest Articles on monitoring.love

How To Improve On-Call

Sourced from a fantastic list of resources on Twitter, I wanted to put all of this advice in one convenient location. Enjoy. (got something you think needs to be in this list? send it over!)

From The Community

Monitoring Tomcat: Part 1 & Part 2

Got Tomcat? Here’s some great stuff about what you need to know when it comes to monitoring it.

Network Service Level Agreement (SLA) management within a Telco

I feel like people tend to forget that there are real networks and real datacenters underneath our Kubernetes clusters and AWS/GCP/Azure/Heroku/etc. This article is interesting because it explores how SLAs work within a telco environment, touching on Carrier Ethernet technologies and, everyone’s favorite-to-mock protocol, SNMP.

How we built ‘BARITO’ to enhance logging

What do you do when you’re beyond what ELK can reasonably handle? Well, you either fork over a mind-bogglingly large sum of money to Splunk, or you build your own solution. You can guess which option the folks at GO-JEK opted for.

TorfluxDB: Anonymous metrics from Go

I really like the depth and breadth of this article on instrumenting Golang and pushing it to InfluxDB. What caught me off-guard is the last section, though: TorfluxDB is a project that pipes metrics through Tor before going to the InfluxDB server, in an effort to anonymize the metrics. A typical use case might be a service you run where the maintainers also want usage data to improve the software.

Three Pillars with Zero Answers - Towards a New Scorecard for Observability

Because the best teaser for this article is really the closing line, I’ll just leave this here: We need to put “metrics, logs, and tracing” back in their place: as implementation details of a larger strategy – they are the fuel, not the car. We need a new scorecard …

Request Id Tracing in Node.js Applications

Sort of an MVP of tracing in Node.js.

Expect the Unexpected: How to Handle Errors Gracefully

Answer to the Ultimate Question of (On-Call) Life, the Universe, and Everything: 71

As I’ve said before, everyone loves a good index. The folks at PagerDuty, armed with a data scientist and a mountain of raw data, have come up with an index to express on-call health of a given on-call responder. I really love this idea. Sadly, I can’t seem to find any data on what they identified the 16 factors to be.

Developer On Call

I’m with the author: on-call duties should be paid for, separately from and in addition to, base pay. There’s also some other good points in the article too, of course, but I like poking bears with the “f*ck you, pay me” stick.

Sensu Go is here!

A huge congratulations to the team at Sensu for the incredible work in getting this shipped. Sensu Go is a massive improvement over the one we’ve all come to know and love, featuring some really awesome (and long-awaited) stuff: no more Redis or RabbitMQ (thank the gods), no hard requirement for config management, proper multi-tenancy, a versioned API, and much more. If you’re a Sensu user, you should check the release out and be sure to look at the upgrade notes.


jl — JSON Logs, a development tool for working with structured JSON logging.

It’s like if you had jq but without the headache of trying to remember the complex query format. Very neat.

loguru - Python logging made (stupidly) simple

As a Pythonista myself, this is awesome and very welcome. The built-in Python library is…meh. This one is decidely not.

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See you folks in January, 2019!

– Mike (@mike_julian) Monitoring Weekly Editor