Some great articles and tools this week, with an emphasis on security and tracing topics. Oh, and o11ycon 2021 videos are out. Happy 4th of July weekend to our readers in the USA!

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Five years evolution of open-source distributed tracing

If you’ve ever been confused by the proliferation of distributed tracing tools, this article was written for you. Fantastic post, well worth your time.

Using Grafana, academics created a next-level dashboard tracking the impact of Covid-19 in Romania

Holy crap, this is frickin’ cool. Check out the live site here.

Ready for (nearly) anything: Five things to prepare for a cyber security incident

This story alludes to the increasingly convergent space of monitoring and security analysis. From my own experience, bespoke security platforms are increasingly piggy-backing on existing monitoring and observability infrastructure. I’ll be curious to see if tools in the commercial space start to reflect this paradigm shift.

Prometheus HA with Thanos Sidecar Or Receiver?

Comprehensive look at the difference between using Thanos Sidecar or Receiver for achieving highly available (HA) Prometheus.

Exploring Data @ Netflix

This one’s included in our Tools section below, but I wanted to include their blog post which does a good job explaining the how’s and why’s about the project. Unlike some other open source tools from Netflix, this looks universally useful (if you’re using Cassandra, Redis, or Dynomite).

Updates of PostgreSQL Observability diagram.

Whoa. Ok, the story is helpful for context… but seriously, check out their interactive docs site.

Dashboards, dashboards everywhere (as code)

Automating your Grafana dashboards with Grafonnet.

Tracing in eDreams ODIGEO Lodging with Open Telemetry and Grafana Tempo

This article is a little meandering, but it’s almost worth the payoff seeing the tracing data in Grafana Tempo.

Detecting New Crypto-Mining Attack targeting Kubeflow and TensorFlow

Frankly, part of me wants to see crypto miners get their comeuppance. Regardless, another interesting example of the intersection of security and monitoring tooling.

o11ycon 2021

Props to Honeycomb for releasing their videos from the recent o11ycon+hnycon event. Lots of good stuff to rewatch in this playlist.

An Observability Platform for IoT

There’s not much in here that’s IoT-specific, but I always find it interesting that folks are using off-the-shelf OSS projects to monitor fleets of IoT devices.

Monitoring of multiple OpenShift clusters with VictoriaMetrics

Title says it all.



Status Page for monitoring your websites and applications with beautiful graphs, analytics, and plugins.

Basically, an open-source alternative to Pingdom + Statuspage. Looks nice.


Kats is a toolkit to analyze time series data, a lightweight, easy-to-use, and generalizable framework to perform time series analysis.


The Netflix Data Explorer gives you fast, safe access to data stored in Cassandra, Dynomite, and Redis.


Announcement: InfluxDays North America 2021 Call for Papers is Open!

InfluxData has announced the CFP for their upcoming InfluxDays North America 2021 virtual event.

Monitorama PDX 2021 - September 13-15 (Portland, OR)

One of the first technical conferences to resume in-person events, Monitorama is returning to Portland, OR this fall. It looks like a return to form for one of our favorite events (ok, we might be biased). Hope to see you there!

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– Jason (@obfuscurity) Monitoring Weekly Editor