If you’re like me and looking for a break from social media, I have just the thing for you. This week brought us a wealth of interesting monitoring and observability articles, with an emphasis on Kubernetes and service monitoring. Make sure to check out the Apache SkyWalker guide with eBPF too. Enjoy! 🔥📈🔔

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Observability & Monitoring Community Slack

Come hang out with all your fellow Monitoring Weekly readers. I mean, I’m also there, but I’m sure everyone else is way cooler.

From The Community

Notes on Vendor Neutral Observability Instrumentation

A hot take on the state of vendor neutral observability tools and instrumentation. Props to the author for having strong opinions that aren’t aligned with a specific employer or product.

Avoid Observability MELTdown using Metrics, Events, Logs and Traces

An enjoyable read covering the gamut of observability tools and themes, largely based on a joint session from a recent developer conference.

On Observability

Having confidence that you know how something works isn’t nearly as valuable as the system actually being observable in the first place. An entertaining parable that most folks can probably identify with.

Software Reliability Incident Management

This post covers a lot of aspects of incident management and monitoring topics. Feels like a great resource to bookmark and refer back to, especially if your future self might be tasked with coordinating incident response

Diagnose Service Mesh Network Performance with eBPF

I don’t know many folks using Apache SkyWalking, but after reading this article I’ll admit I’m a bit curious. This is a really helpful introduction to eBPF monitoring of service mesh networks with the SkyWalking Rover collector and profiler.

A Gentle Introduction to Backend Monitoring

If you know any developers new to monitoring (this author specifically seems to be talking to those in ML and data), this is definitely a good article to share with them.

Kubernetes monitoring — How to monitor using prometheus?

A quick guide for monitoring Kubernetes with Prometheus. You’ll want to follow this up with additional reading on how to maintain Prometheus and Grafana.

How to create a Grafana Alert Rule

An appropriately sized post on creating a Grafana alert for Prometheus.

The four Golden Signals of Kubernetes monitoring

Revisiting Kubernetes monitoring, this time with a focus on its Golden Signals.

Key Redis Monitoring Metrics You Should Measure

A solid reference on important Redis metrics to monitor, but I wish the author had gone the extra step to explain how to leverage the context around these metrics when system performance suffers. To be fair, I think a lot of these “which service metrics to monitor” articles suffer from a similar lack of operator empathy.


Monitorama PDX 2023 - June 26-28 (Portland, OR)

Monitorama is returning to Portland, OR next summer. The 2022 conference was a fantastic event and I look forward to seeing you all again in 2023.

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See you next week!

– Jason (@obfuscurity) Monitoring Weekly Editor