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This isn’t about metrics as most of us think about them, but about metrics from the UX and and customer design perspective. It’s been a common theme for the past few years that we should be focusing on the metrics that matter to the business, but the author makes the case that we should also ask what matters to the user, rightly pointing out that they may not be the same. Those of us in Ops and Dev should take note.
There’s something beautiful and compelling about a good graph, I must say, and it seems I’m not the only one who thinks so. Someone at LinkedIn has been saving interesting graphs internally for a while and decided to write about it. Bonus points for the graphs-as-art at the end, which reminds me of the fantastic lightning talk by Dave Josephsen at Monitorama 2016.
Everything you wanted to know but didn’t think to ask about load averages. I’ve always been taught that load average is CPU load average, but apparently, that’s not quite true for Linux (but is for other *NIX operating systems). There’s some really great stuff in this article.
With Elastic Stack 6.0 coming soon, Elastic as opened what amounts to a bug bounty program. There’s a good opportunity to put the beta through its paces and score some good old internet points. Well, that and a ticket to the Elastic conference.
I ran across this earlier in the week, which is way better than constantly googling for “high availability chart. Of course, when it comes to availability numbers, it’s as they say: there be dragons. I’m convinced most SLAs are just lies and wishful thinking, but using these as targets is helpful.
For those of you with PCI-DSS concerns, CloudWatch Logs (among other services) hit the PCI-DSS-compliant list last month. Now to just find someone who’s actually using CloudWatch Logs...
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I’m Mike Julian, a monitoring/observability consultant and author of the upcoming O'Reilly book, Practical Monitoring. I help companies improve their application and infrastructure monitoring. Interested in working together? You can find me at AsterLabs.io.
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