Whew, what a week. Just when you thought things were slowing down for the holidays, numerous security exploits hit close to home. No worries, we’ve got some upbeat news too… SysAdvent is back, a new Python-esque debugger from Facebook, and a handful of production troubleshooting stories. Enjoy!

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From The Community

Troubleshooting troubles

Observability tools and data are good to have, but how to apply them effectively? A thorough collection of tips and considerations when troubleshooting systems.

Microservice Monitoring with Grafana & Prometheus

Monitoring your Spring microservices with Prometheus and Grafana.

What made SLOs so messy (and what we can do about it)

SLOs are one of those things that seem easy, but so few companies seem to use the effectively or consistently. Here are some examples why we’re doing it wrong.

drgn: How the Linux Kernel Team at Meta Debugs the Kernel at Scale

How Facebook troubleshoots Linux kernels and userspace applications using the drgn debugger. Nice to see that the tool was written with scripting capabilities (specifically Python) in mind.

SysAdvent: Day 2 - Reliability as a Product Feature

I’m thrilled to see SysAdvent return this month. This post makes the case for reliability being a first-class product feature. Might be a good resource to share with your company’s Product leadership.

From Monitoring to Observability in Snapp!

How Snapp evolved from using monitoring tools to adopting an observability mindset and processes.

Pinterest Druid Holiday Load Testing

I love hearing how engineering teams think about scale and latency during the holiday seasons. Even if you’re not using Druid, there are some great takeaways for capacity planning in general.

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Measuring Web Performance at Airbnb

How Airbnb engineers squeeze every last second of performance out of their web load times.

Grafana security fixes

This was a busy week for the Grafana team and community, with multiple security vulnerabilities and fixes released. I’ve compiled all of the relevant posts for you here. Please update your affected systems immediately, if you haven’t already.

Critical vulnerability in Apache Log4j library

Speaking of security vulnerabilities, this one was a doozy. In case you missed the gloom and doom (and memes), a critical vulnerability affecting the Apache Log4j library was discovered. There are remote code execution exploits already in the wild. 😱

Decorate the Python function

Here’s a great resource for adding observability to your Python Lambdas. I’ve listed the three most recent posts, but the entire series is worth your time.



drgn (pronounced “dragon”) is a debugger with an emphasis on programmability. drgn exposes the types and variables in a program for easy, expressive scripting in Python.

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– Jason (@obfuscurity) Monitoring Weekly Editor