If you’re interested in distributed tracing, this is definitely the article for you. Also some fun posts around observability design patterns, a new load testing framework, and some hot vendor takes. Enjoy! 🔥

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From The Community

How to Handle Terabytes of Metrics in Kubernetes Monitoring

If you’ve ever been responsible for scaling an in-house monitoring service, this article should feel familiar. If you’re considering “upgrading” from Prometheus to Thanos, you should definitely check this out.

Introducing Ballast: An Adaptive Load Test Framework

Uber engineers have developed a new test framework for stress testing, capacity planning, debugging, and more. This looks legitimateley exciting and I hope they consider open sourcing it in the near future.

Microservices Observability Design Patterns

So often we get hung up on the tooling and their limitations without really thinking about the problems we’re trying to provide solutions for. I love this collection of design patterns for building observability into our (micro)services.

How to Get the Most Out of Go Distributed Tracing?

Speaking of design patterns, here’s one engineer’s recap on how they started to implement distributed tracing in their own Go-based services.

What is OpenTelemetry? A Straightforward Guide for Devs

A very thorough primer for getting started with distributed tracing and OpenTelemetry. Tons of useful information here, even if you’re already familiar with the broader topics.

Observability, Part 1: Intro & Postgres-Exporter

This author is starting a multi-part series covering a variety of different Prometheus exporters used at their company, starting with the PostgreSQL Server Exporter.

On the Brittleness of Dashboards

If I had a nickel for every time someone told me that dashboards are evil, or broken, or hazardous to your health… I’d still have fewer nickels than employers who’ve used dashboards effectively. Regardless, the author makes some valid points.

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Bite-sized AWS (Part Two)

An introduction to Amazon’s X-Ray service, including a demo project and use cases for tracing your own distributed systems on AWS.

Tracing with OpenTelemetry

A quick guide for using OpenTelemetry tracees with your Google Cloud Run applications.

Share the Responsibility: Against Automagical Solutions

Adopting a new library or exporter sounds straightforward, but there are always challenges when you’re talking about deploying it across ownership boundaries. This post raises some valid concerns and one possible “solution”.

HAProxy Monitoring Guide: Important Metrics & Best Tools

A breakdown of the most useful metrics to monitor for your production HAProxy services.



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– Jason (@obfuscurity) Monitoring Weekly Editor