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Monitoring & Observability 2019 Predictions

Wherein I make my own predictions about what we might see in 2019 in the world of monitoring and observability.

From The Community

9 Logging Best Practices Based on Hands-on Experience

There are some great tips in here, but perhaps my favorite is the implication that you don’t always want your logs in a structured format if your goal is human consumption of them. As good as I am at computers, I can’t read nested JSON easily, you know.

Logster and our error logging strategy at Discourse

An engineer at Discourse talks about a tool they built for making logging easier for them. It’s open source, of course.

Benchmarking Elasticsearch with Rally

Rally is Elastic’s own tool for benchmarking Elasticsearch, and the folks at walk us through how to use it.

How Much Should My Observability Stack Cost?

I’ll spoil it for you: you’re spending more than you think and that’s probably still not enough.

I’m John Allspaw, Ask Me Anything about incident analysis and postmortems

For those that know of John Allspaw, you’re probably already clicking this link hard. For those that don’t know him and his work, he’s an expert in incident analysis, post-mortems, and human factors/systems safety. Also, you should be clicking this link hard and gorging yourself on the incredibly helpful stuff in here.

Getting Started with Flux

The folks at Influx have all of the recordings now available from their Flux office hours sessions. If you’re using InfluxDB, you should definitely check these out as you consider your cutover to using the Flux query language.

Closer look at Grafana’s user interface for Loki

It’s exactly as the title says: an article exploring the user interface of Grafana’s Loki project.

Statusengine 3

This project isn’t new, but definitely new to me. Its purpose is to make Nagios/Naemon horizontally scalable by saving all events, status results, acks, etc to a queue, then writing them to a centralized database. It’s all backed by your choice of CrateDB, MySQL, or Redis.

Learn eBPF Tracing: Tutorial and Examples

eBPF is pretty awesome, and Brendan Gregg put together a great list of resources for learning it grouped into beginner, intermediate, and advanced experience levels.


GrafanaCon Los Angeles, CA – February 25-26, 2019

The folks at Grafana Labs <3 all you Monitoring Weekly readers too, so they’ve offered an exclusive discount code to the event. Use code MLOVEWEEKLY-19 at checkout for $100 off.

Announcing Icinga Tour 2019

A whole bunch of Icinga Camps have been scheduled and are available for registration.


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— Mike (@mike_julian)
Monitoring Weekly Editor