This week marks a return to tracing and observability topics, along with a Grafana security update. Have a great day! 🌞

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From The Community

OpenTelemetry on Google Cloud: Unraveling the mystery

Just when you thought Google Cloud could be trusted (lol), here comes a cautionary tale of debugging OTel spans in GCP.

Unpacking Observability: The Paradigm Shift from APM to Observability

How to think about Observability if your organization is stuck in an APM (or monitoring-only) mindset.

Tracing our Observability Journey

Following the previous theme, Razorpay shares the details of their own tracing and Observability journey. Really great stuff here.

Observing FinTech Services For Seamless Payments

If you enjoyed last week’s article about Delivery Hero’s Reliability Manifesto, you’ll love this follow-up from one of their engineers reviewing their use of golden signals for monitoring production services.

Who is the Incident Manager/specialist?

You might be surprised to learn that many companies employ their own dedicated Incident Management team(s). In my experience, the existence of a well-functioning IM team won’t guarantee higher reliability, but they can be very effective for getting process and systems buy-in across the organization.

Sidecar Concept In 3 Minutes

If you’re a Prometheus or Kubernetes administrator, you’re probably already familiar with the sidecar concept. For everyone else, this article is a super quick primer (though I personally still love Sensu’s whitepaper on the topic).

No capes: the perils of being a hero-engineer

This story really resonates with me. As an ex-SRE and Observability Engineer, it’s almost unavoidable to get pulled into any incident where engineers need help deciphering wonky behavior in a graph or metric. This is unsustainable, and the sooner you can identify and break the cycle, the better it is for everyone involved.

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Grafana 7.5.15 and 8.3.5 released with moderate severity security fixes

More security fixes (medium severity) for everyone’s favorite open source dashboarding tool.

Heterogeneous Storage Monitoring for Kubernetes

If you run a dedicated storage array, you might already be familiar with the Delfin project within the SODA Foundation. This article takes a look at deploying Delfin on Kubernetes and determining whether it’s also a good fit for monitoring native K8s storage.

4 essential server monitoring tools

A surprisingly thorough look at four of the more popular command-line utilties for debugging and troubleshooting Linux systems.

Bootstrapping a cloud native multi-data center observability stack

From Grafana Labs’ October 2021 EMEA meetup, a talk about how The Factory adapted their Grafana and Prometheus stack for a high-availability multi-datacenter configuration.

Tools

sodafoundation/delfin

delfin… is an an open source project to provide unified, intelligent and scalable resource management, alert and performance monitoring.

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See you next week!

– Jason (@obfuscurity) Monitoring Weekly Editor