This week’s issue is loaded with hands-on technical posts and topics, a new open source eBPF tool from Netflix, and an excellent article on training Incident Commanders. Oh, and don’t miss the Monitorama announcement at the end… 😉🎤🎈

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From The Community

True Developer Story: Navigating Challenges with Traditional Logging vs OpenTelemetry Tracing

Logging certainly has its place, but this story encapsulates the strengths that OpenTelemetry and tracing offer for modern distributed systems.

Incident Commander Training Strategies: What The Books Don’t Tell You

An excellent collection of lessons learned from fellow Incident Commanders. Some of these are painful to read but I’m also nodding violently and screaming silently into the void.

Announcing bpftop: Streamlining eBPF performance optimization

I love this so much. Props to Netflix engineers who often innovate in our space, but typically with complex and bespoke systems designed for internal Netflix use. Great to see them release a simple yet useful tool with obvious benefits.

A checklist to choose a monitoring system

Most of us probably come to this decision with numerous biases and preconceptions. This is a pretty simple checklist but I bet I’ve overlooked at least a couple of these items in the past.

OpenTelemetry Collector Anti-Patterns

Came here to discover how I’m using the OTel collector wrong, stayed for the pet rats. 🐀😹

Network Observability Framework

This title is pretty misleading, as it really has nothing to do with network observability. Still, it’s an interesting look at how one company approached the observability of their network product hosted in Kubernetes.

Synthetic Testing / Synthetic Monitoring

Synthetic monitoring is one of those underappreciated tools that can quickly notify you when things go sideways. I mean, who didn’t have a few free Pingdom accounts floating around at some point? This post walks through an automated workflow for synthetic tests with New Relic’s NerdGraph.

Observability in GraphQL - Navigating the Complexities of Modern APIs

A quick review of the observability considerations for anyone working with GraphQL.

Grafana Tempo 2.4 release: TraceQL metrics, tiered caching, and TCO improvements

Plenty to get excited about in the latest Grafana Tempo release.



bpftop provides a dynamic real-time view of running eBPF programs.


Monitorama PDX 2024 - Agenda is Live!

Monitorama organizers released the upcoming speakers list and agenda for this year’s upcoming PDX 2024. Exciting to see so many unique topics, I can feel the FOMO rising already. 😅

Monitoring Weekly readers can save $100 off General Admission tickets with the MWEEKLY2024 discount code. Hope to see you there!

See you next week!

– Jason (@obfuscurity) Monitoring Weekly Editor