Our co-founder and resident human exception tracker, Josh, recently went to Monitorama 2016. He brought back goodies to share with our team! Here are a few highlights:
Monitoring is Dead: Long Live Monitoring
Greg tackles the question everyone wants to know: What is monitoring? He breaks it down by calling it "an action of observing and checking the behavior and outputs of a system and its components over time." To add to the complexity, he also defines the terms of "systems" and "components," amongst others. Greg, I don't know you, but my academic heart loves you for this. Let's get pizza and do a literature review of distributed systems research.
The most interesting part is towards the conclusion, where he defines DevOps as a collaboration with other engineers. He proposes that monitoring is a part of building software, like test-driven development for production.
Here the full talk. Keep a pad of paper handy for notes.
The monitoring world is full of tools. How do you know which are complimentary to one another to build a monitoring strategy? Lucky for us, BigPanda summed it up in this awesome graphic.
For more reading about the different monitoring tools, make sure to check out MonitoringScape for the full-sized graphic and a ton of information on the differences between each tool.
If you need a recommendation for an error tracker, we know of one that's pretty badass.
Dinner at Andina
Okay, Josh couldn't share that one and we were a little jealous. But he also was on-call, got a maelstrom of alerts at 3 am, and didn't sleep that night. We can call it even.