Some excellent articles this week, including an entire series on monitoring and some tools I hadn’t seen before. Enjoy!

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From The Community

Making Tracing as a part of Engineering DNA

A peak behind the curtain at ShareChat, walking through their choice of Observability tools and some of their production numbers.

Common Kubernetes Errors Made by Beginners

Not a monitoring article per se, but it struck me that all of these mistakes could be alerted on without much effort.

Grafana Labs welcomes the team

I don’t usually cover acquisitions here, even in the monitoring space, but it’s fascinating to see Grafana Labs continue to expand at a torrid pace.

Troubleshooting Envoy with Kiali

TBQH, before this article I’d never heard of Kiali. Including this overview and a link to the project in the Tools section below.

Thoughts on HTTP instrumentation with OpenTelemetry

Lots to chew on here if you’re thinking about capturing tracing spans for HTTP requests.

Monitoring theory, from scratch

Not sure how I missed these, but Gil Bahat has an exhaustive series on monitoring theory and practice. It’s such a great series, I’m going to include all of the articles to date:

Monitoring Software: Build vs. Buy

The build-vs-buy discussion came up in Slack this week and I managed to dig this one out of the Wayback Machine. I wrote this six years ago, but it still feels relevant today.

Kubernetes Dashboards: Octant

Another great Kubernetes dashboard overview from [my friend and fellow ex-Sensei] Rich Burroughs. Hope to see this series continue.

The Ops Agent is now GA and it leverages OpenTelemetry

If you’re using Google Cloud, take notice that Ops Agent is officially GA and will ultimately replace their legacy agents.

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– Jason (@obfuscurity) Monitoring Weekly Editor