I’m a few days late publishing this week’s issue thanks to the craziness of taking vacation and then immediately heading to Monitorama, but hey, better late than never, right? 😂
How to always know what to monitor in your app/infrastructure
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what monitoring you really need and why, I’ve got something in the works you’re going to love: a video course that walks you through one of my standard consulting engagements, self-paced and from the comfort of your own office. Read more about it and pre-order the course here.
Monitoring News, Articles, and Blog posts
This monster post from Netflix explains a whole lot about how Netflix builds and has evolved their observability tools.
Windows monitoring really doesn’t get enough love, so I’m excited to see the folks at Palantir releasing this. This repo contains some great stuff to help you collect more and better security data from your Windows Event system and forward it to places where it’d be useful.
Speaking of monitoring Windows infrastructure, this is a great walkthrough of configuring Windows to publish custom metrics to AWS CloudWatch.
Monitoring black boxes is a real challenge and this tool from the folks at Google makes it a lot easier by mimicing requests within your infrastructure. The only downside here is that it uses synthetic requests to determine health, so it won’t be nearly as accurate as a shim/proxy that adds instrumentation to real requests. Then again, if you don’t have any monitoring around black boxes in your environment, this is a huge step foward.
This is the video of Brad Lhotsky’s talk at the SF Metrics meetup a couple months back. Definitely a great talk if you’re running Graphite at any sort of scale.
The Sensu Summit is happening this August in fantastic Portland, OR USA. If you’re a Sensu user or considering deploying Sensu, this is the place to be. The CFP is still open for another week.
|**[Submit a talk||Open Source Monitoring Conference - November 5-9, 2018 - Nuremberg, Germany](https://osmc.de/call-for-papers/)**|
The CFP is open for the Open Source Monitoring Conference in Nuremberg, Germany. CFP closes June 20th, 2018. Tickets are also available.
|**[June 2018 SF Prometheus meetup||SF Prometheus Meetup Group - June 19, 2018 - San Francisco, CA USA](https://www.meetup.com/SF-Prometheus-Meetup-Group/events/250504173/)**|
The SF Prometheus meetup reconvenes for the first meetup of 2018.
The OpenTracing team is migrating their site to Hugo and doing a big push to overhaul the OpenTracing documentation at the same time. If you’re an OpenTracing user and looking for a way to contribute, documentation is a fantastic way to get started.
See you next week!
– Mike (@mike_julian) Monitoring Weekly Editor