A fun week of troubleshooting stories and some guides for automating your monitoring and observability tooling. Oh, and don’t forget that SLOconf’s virtual event happens this week. Enjoy!

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Distributed Tracing: The Why, What, and How?

One of the better articles I’ve read on Distributed Tracing, with some helpful analogies and context to help newcomers develop a foundational understanding of this key observability principle.

Operation Jumbo Drop: How sending large packets broke our AWS network

Regular readers will know I love a good network troubleshooting story. This one might feel familiar if you’ve ever debugged MTU… with some new twists courtesy of AWS Transit Gateways.

A Practical Guide to App Monitoring with Datadog for Python APIs

How to get started with Datadog monitoring for most Python-based web API services (e.g. Gunicorn, Flask, etc).

How We Solved the Thundering Herd Problem

How Braintree engineers diagnosed, iterated, and solved a thundering herd issue affecting their processor service.

IAC with Google Cloud Monitoring

A useful pattern for automating the creation of uptime checks (i.e. DIY Pingdom) in Google Cloud.

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Observability Mythbusters: Logs and Metrics Aren’t Enough

I don’t agree with everything the author is presenting, but I laud them for at least considering other perspectives. Feels like bias might be involved in both sides, tbqh.

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The Observant Developer — Part 1

The first part of an upcoming series, this post explains why Observability matters to non-DevOps engineering teams.

Prometheus 2.35 – What’s new?

Sysdig has started a new series to highlight important changes in Prometheus releases. This is a nice addition for those of us in the community who might not otherwise have time to parse the release notes.

The GitOps Way for Consistent Monitoring

A GitOps-friendly pattern for automating Grafana dashboards.

New in Grafana Tempo 1.4: Introducing the metrics generator

A quick look at the latest Grafana Tempo release, with an emphasis on its ability emit RED metrics by default for traces. Nice update all around.



xpid gives a user the ability to “investigate” for process details on a Linux system.


SLOconf - Service Level Objective Conference 2022

SLOconf is back again as a virtual event, taking place May 9-12 online. Looks like a lot of familiar faces, looking forward to this one.

Monitorama PDX 2022 - June 27-29 (Portland, OR)

Monitorama is returning to Portland, OR this summer. 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