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Real World DevOps - Improving Your Vendor Relationships with Jeremy Tangren

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From The Community

2019 Monitorama Live Stream Day 1, Day 2, Day 3

Basic math says the vast majority of you didn’t make it to Monitorama PDX this year, but thankfully their livestream is incredible. The raw recordings are up on YouTube right now.

Detecting Interference: An A/B Test of A/B Tests

Not strictly monitoring, but some of the idea are interesting and have potential uses for us too. And, ultimately, it does result in a sort of monitoring test.

eBPF and XDP for Processing Packets at Bare-metal Speed

I hadn’t heard of XDP before so this is pretty cool.

Grafana Labs at KubeCon: All the Highlights

All of the talks from the Grafana team at KubeCon this year on one page.

Logging at Box: More efficient and more cost effective!

tldr k8s, Kafka, ELK, and a bunch of glue

Observability Doesn’t Work in Dev

Always a pain in my arse: how do you treat systems in dev? Everywhere I’ve worked, we’ve ultimately ended up with separate tooling for dev just to have it not interfere with production–and that’s not exactly great.

Sustainable Operations in Complex Systems with Production Excellence

From the article: “But in practice, teams often wind up on call without proper training and safeguards for their well-being. Suddenly changing the responsibilities of a team worsens service reliability, demoralizes the team, and creates incentives to shirk responsibilities. … Tools can only help us automate existing workflows rather than teach new skills or adapt processes to solve current problems.”

Creating Custom Kibana Visualizations

A tutorial on creating Kibana visualizations with Vega instead of writing plugins.

Alerting on SLOs like Pros

A tale of SLOs at SoundCloud. Very useful stuff in here.

Demystifying Observability for Startups

This is a super great talk on observability from Cory Watson at SignalFx (formerly, head of observability at Stripe).

An update on Sunday’s service disruption (official)

Exactly what it sounds like, and not really that interesting, but the analyses from ThousandEyes and LightStep are pretty interesting.

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See you next week!

– Mike (@mike_julian) Monitoring Weekly Editor