There is a right way and a wrong way to engineer effective telemetry systems and there is a finite combination of practices which — whatever your choice of individual tools — are predictive of success. If you are building or designing your next monitoring system, take a look at this short list of habits exhibited by the most successful monitoring systems in the world today.
Setting up a new monitoring system might seem daunting at first. Franklin guides us through the first steps and explains the architecture and inner workings of a Graphite-based monitoring system. Key takeaways are understanding time series data and configuration, datapoint formats, aggregation methods and retention.
This book is written by Brendan Gregg and Jim Mauro, both expert users in DTrace and the Solaris Internals from Prentice Hall. It covers the key features of the DTrace environment, the D language that is used to write the scripts used to provide answers to questions regarding the performance of the system under question.
Scout is an extensible server and application monitoring service which focuses upon ease of installation and configuration.