A really fun week of articles, with an emphasis on tracing, PostgreSQL monitoring, and Elasticsearch. Great stuff all around. Enjoy! 🚢💾🐰

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From The Community

Distributed Entity Tracing

Love this story from a Flipkart engineer talking about their adoption of distributed tracing to help with observability of their inventory propagation pipeline.

How eBay’s Notification Platform Used Fault Injection in New Ways

This isn’t specifically about monitoring or observability, but so much of this potentially affects how we build and manage the resilience of our systems. Consume this and share with your peers.

Elasticsearch — solution to searching

This sort-of reads like someone’s notes as they master Elasticsearch internals over the course of a year, but I honestly couldn’t put it down. This post is super rich on useful details for anyone who admins Elasticsearch. Heck, most of this information is helpful even for users who just want to understand how its search internals work.

Observability with Structured logging

This article touches on the importance of predictable logs, attempting to make a case for structured logs (which imho are a no-brainer), before settling into a pretty good demo using the ELK stack with a Spring Boot application.

Check for Datadog Metric Usage

There are three certainties in life - death, taxes, and custom metrics eating up your Datadog budget. This author crafted a quick Python script that will help you determine which of your metrics are (or aren’t) in use, and can therefore be purged from Datadog.

Serverless In 2023 - A Shift In Focus

A reminder to consider your observability needs and approach as developers continue to adopt and grow their serverless footprint.

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PostgreSQL — Extend Your Monitoring Infrastructure with Pgwatch2

If you’re looking to monitoring your PostgreSQL databases with pgwatch2, but already use Prometheus for the rest of your infrastructure, this guide offers a helpful path for getting the two working together seamlessly.

Monitor Continuous Archiving and Point-in-Time Recovery

Speaking of PostgreSQL monitoring, we all know someone (ahem) who archives their databases but forgets to monitor for failures. Here’s a brief but excellent example that you could have running in no time.

Elasticsearch Troubleshooting

Feels like we’re always reading about how to scale Elasticsearch, but here’s an interesting collection of failure conditions and how to debug them. Great stuff here, and yes, I have encountered some of these myself. 🤦‍♂️

How to get Sysmon events into Logging Analytics

For all of the OCI Windows admins in our audience (all three of you), I found this helpful post explaining how to get your System Monitor (Sysmon) events into OCI Logging Analytics using the OCI Management Agent. You’re welcome. 😅



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System Monitor (Sysmon)

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See you next week!

– Jason (@obfuscurity) Monitoring Weekly Editor