Hope you’re all staying safe in this near-global heat wave. Why not grab a cool drink and stay indoors with this week’s newsletter? Plenty of great articles covering monitoring tools and software this week, including some interesting stories from Netflix, Uber, and Intercom. Enjoy! 🌞🧊👋

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From The Community

The Mathematics Behind Monitoring

We don’t talk nearly as much about the math of our metrics as we did in years past. Here’s a brief introduction to some of the more important metric types found in Prometheus, and when to use each.

Formulating ‘Out of Memory Kill’ Prediction on the Netflix App as a Machine Learning Problem

Some fascinating insights into how Netflix leverages data to predict OOMs in their client applications.

Monitoring app performance. OpenTelemetry & Jaeger

This engineer shares their experience adopting OpenTelemetry and Jaegar through this concise tutorial. Good stuff.

Vertical CPU Scaling: Reduce Cost of Capacity and Increase Reliability

How Uber leverages their utilization metrics to automate resource allocation across their fleet. Some insightful examples that should be applicable elsewhere.

Monitoring Kubernetes — With Prometheus And Nagstamon

I haven’t personally heard of this status monitor tool before, but I can see why some folks might use it. I do like that you can trigger certain actions right from the desktop.

Introduction to OpenTelemetry & Distributed Tracing

A multi-part continuing series looking at distributed tracing, why to consider OpenTelemetry, instrumenting a sample project, and using Elasticsearch for persistent trace storage (with an upcoming article on custom identifiers).

Building a resilient system: Our journey to observability at Intercom

How Intercom engineers re-evaluated their observability tooling, which compromises they had to make, and how they achieved increased adoption across the company.

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Release of Prometheus 2.37 - Long-Term Support

The Prometheus project recently shipped version 2.37, their first “LTS” release with a six-month support lifecycle (in contrast to their usual six-_week_ cycle).

How we improved Grafana Mimir query performance by up to 10x

Grafana Labs explains their new query sharding functionality for Mimir. If I’m being honest, this feels like a leaky abstraction that I shouldn’t have to think about, but at least they’re trying to educate users on how to leverage it.

How to Monitor PHP-FPM with Prometheus

A quick tutorial for getting up and running with the PHP-FPM exporter for Prometheus.

Pg-agent – a Postgres exporter for Prometheus focusing on query performance

The folks at Coroot have developed pg-agent, an alternate PostgreSQL exporter for Prometheus they claim is superior for monitoring query performance statistics.

Tools

coroot/coroot-pg-agent

A Prometheus exporter for Postgres focusing on query performance statistics

henriwahl/nagstamon

Nagstamon is a status monitor for the desktop. It connects to multiple Nagios, Icinga, Opsview, Centreon, Op5 Monitor/Ninja, Checkmk Multisite, Thruk and monitos monitoring servers.

Job Opportunities

Software Engineer - Reliability at Figma (US Remote)

Senior Software Engineer at Six Nines (US Remote)

See you next week!

– Jason (@obfuscurity) Monitoring Weekly Editor