I love talking tools, and this newsletter is chock full of them. Yeah I know… tools don’t solve problems, but they’re still fun to play with. Enjoy! 🛠🌈🥇

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From The Community

Kubernetes Logging in Production

A thorough look at the logging patterns for Kubernetes clusters with a comprehensive look at the pros and cons for each approach.

Packet Where Are You?

Ok, this legit looks like a fun tool to use for debugging network activity. It’s great to see how quickly the tools and community are growing around eBPF and Cilium.

React faster: Use Alertmanager and MS Teams

I’m starting to see more adoption of Microsoft Teams across our industry. This article will show you how it’s possible to integrate with Alertmanager so you don’t miss out on any alerts.

Grafana 8.2.3 released with medium severity security fix: CVE-2021-41174 Grafana XSS

There’s a new XSS vulnerability in Grafana affecting versions 8.0.0-beta1 to 8.2.2. Although you should upgrade to the patched version at the earliest opportunity, there is a workaround available.

SLA vs. SLO vs. SLI: Understanding the Similarities and Differences

A good primer on how SLAs, SLOs, and SLIs relate and how to think about defining your own.

Monitoring Depop

I always enjoy reading how other teams approach monitoring and reliability. Although we often end up at the same destination, many of us take very different journeys to get there.

How sparse histograms can improve efficiency, precision, and mergeability in Prometheus TSDB

Sparse histograms look like a vastly simpler approach to histograms in Prometheus. It sounds like there’s still a lot of work to be done, but the prototype results are promising.

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Docker: Run Telegraf as non-root

If you’re a Telegraf user, take note that the official DockerHub image for release 1.20.3 runs the service as a non-root user.

Top key metrics for monitoring MySQL

An excellent walkthrough for monitoring your MySQL databases with the MySQL Prometheus Exporter, including some tips on which metrics to keep an eye on.

NGINX Monitoring: 7 Best Tools & Key Metrics to Measure

I don’t know many folks that are picking their monitoring stack based on how well it monitors NGINX specifically, but if you’re one of those people, I have just the article for you.

Zabbix 6.0 native High Availability

The release of Zabbix 6.0 will mark the first version with native high availability (read: no need for third-party clustering methods). This post does a solid job pulling together all of the steps needed to perform the upgrade along with some gotchas to watch out for.



prom2teams is an HTTP server built with Python that receives alert notifications from a previously configured Prometheus Alertmanager instance and forwards it to Microsoft Teams using defined connectors.


pwru is an eBPF-based tool for tracing network packets in the Linux kernel with advanced filtering capabilities. It allows fine-grained introspection of kernel state to facilitate debugging network connectivity issues.

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– Jason (@obfuscurity) Monitoring Weekly Editor