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  • Site Reliability Engineering Experiences at Instana

    With the popularity of distributed architectures, distributed databases, containers and container orchestrators, an approach that emphasizes automation and a culture of collaboration is a natural fit for modern day operations. Site Reliability Engineering takes engineering practices that have been established and proven in software engineering and applies them to the field of operations.

  • Piercing the Fog: Observability Tools from the Future

    Visibility into those distributed systems and how they are performing is challenging. Despite all the observability tools available for site reliability, debugging remains incredibly difficult, and many SREs would agree that their debugging processes have only marginally improved. This article explores how observability for troubleshooting could be done from the user’s point of view.

  • Understanding Serverless: Tips and Resources for Building Servicefull Applications

    There are still many misconceptions and concerns regarding serverless solutions. Vendor lock-in, tooling, cost management, cold starts, monitoring and the development lifecycle are all hot topics where serverless technologies are concerned. This article shares tips and resources to guide serverless newcomers towards building powerful, flexible and cost-effective serverless applications.

  • How to Use Open Source Prometheus to Monitor Applications at Scale

    In this article, the author discusses how to collect metrics and achieve anomaly detection from streaming data using Prometheus, Apache Kafka and Apache Cassandra technologies.

  • Practical Monitoring: Book Review and Q&A with Mike Julian

    Mike Julian has recently published Practical Monitoring with O’Reilly, which aims to provide readers with a foundational introduction to the topic of monitoring, as well as practical guidelines on how to monitor service-based applications and cloud infrastrastructure. InfoQ recently sat down with Julian and discussed the topic of monitoring.

  • Q&A on the ​Practice of System and Network Administration (3rd Edition)

    The book The Practice of System and Network Administration takes a holistic view on system administration: it provides a framework and strategies for solving problems regardless of the operating system, brand of computer, or type of environment. The third edition incorporates new developments like DevOps, infrastructure as code, continuous integration, operational excellence and assessments.

  • Article Series: Containers in the Real World - Stepping Off the Hype Curve

    This article series explains how containers are actually being used within the enterprise. It dives into the core technology behind containers and how this is currently being used by developers, examines core challenges with deploying containers in the enterprise and the future of containerisation, and discusses the role unikernels are currently playing within leading-edge organisations.

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Monitoring Infrastructures

    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.

  • Book Review: DTrace: Dynamic Tracing in Oracle Solaris, Mac OS X and FreeBSD

    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 - Extensible Server and Application Monitoring

    Scout is an extensible server and application monitoring service which focuses upon ease of installation and configuration. Scout offers default alerts to help administrators understand how the application is behaving under various loads as well as allowing developers to create plugins to extend Scout.

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