Let’s debunk the myths that go around the topic!

The definitive guide to best practices of observability. Or maybe not so much …

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In the world where every job title uses acronyms or abbreviations from all sorts of different words — I’m looking at you SRE, DevOps, NetOps, NetSecOps, and all the other combinations of the words Site, Networking, Operations, Development, and Security.
Surely there are more combinations generated daily and to be fair, it’s getting really hard already to stay on top of it.

However, we are gathered here to talk about another phenomenon that is — observability (or o11y for those of you who like to nerd…


It’s a dreadful journey to take on, but you are not alone!

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This post right here will be somewhat of a downer, however, I see the subject super under-served in the whole startup world.
Mental health and mental illnesses are one of the biggest factors we have to tackle as founders. I want to let all of you know that what you’re feeling is fine and if some of the bad thoughts that prevail on a deeper level — please seek professional help. …


The three things you’d wish you’d known sooner about your website

I will be just honest here and skip all the marketing BS for a while, the main differentiator is the fact that some companies care about their sales numbers and their customers and others don´t!

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You can use this aforementioned sentence as a tl;dr, however, there are more merits to this story than just plain old ignorance.

1. Using your customers as a source of monitoring

This issue is one of the most widespread of them all. Companies that are serving clients as their source of income hugely rely on the fact that the customer will tell them once their service is unreachable. But this means downtime in their revenue numbers as well. This will cause lots and lots of upsets within the team behind the product as well, as the consumer trying to procure the product in the first place. Given the fact…


The things that you wanted to know before starting up for the first time.

From choosing your co-founders to the startup jargon

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For the sake of this article, let's say that you already have a killer idea that you would like to put into play and want to disrupt the vertical your idea lays in.
The majority of us have had some kick-ass shower thoughts, some of us have tried to put them to work, few of us have managed to succeed with them.
Let’s see what the questions are that you should most certainly ask from yourself before deep-diving into your new venture.

Am I going to do it solo or with co-founders?

There are perks on going both ways, and it really tones down on the idea that you have…


Get up and running with Prometheus monitoring and express.js in few minutes

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Today I want to spend time on a subject that is very dear to me, Prometheus and exporters, ultimately monitoring altogether. Firstly I would like to spend some of the reading time to explain why I choose Prometheus as my weapon of choice when it comes to hosted monitoring software.

As per prometheus.io Prometheus is … … an open-source systems monitoring and alerting toolkit originally built at SoundCloud. Since its inception in 2012, many companies and organizations have adopted Prometheus, and the project has a very active developer and user community. It is now a standalone open source project and…


What are the questions that you should ask when hiring a monitoring engineer in the year 2020!

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For full disclosure, I have hired people into the role of Monitoring Engineering and have done it successfully as the guys who have ended up in the given position are still there. And they’re shining at what they do.

So here are my (and Rasmus Rüngenen’s) questions you should ask from any engineer that you would hire to fill in the monitoring bits and pieces for your company.

I will formulate the questions and answers like this:

Question?
- What are you looking for in the answer

  1. What would you measure to make sure the service has good health?

A guide to IcM process by a seasoned monitoring engineer

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This time around I would like to tone down on the enterprise-ish way of thinking and drill deeper into the needs of smaller businesses and their incident management process.
First of all, you will need a monitoring system of sorts to know where you have the issues — meaning that are the disks of your servers filling up or has the network started flapping or maybe there is a wider outage with your service provider altogether.

In any case, we can assume that you have some sort, either on-premises or SaaS solutions, set up to monitor your whole stack. Once…


It’s really easier than you think — but to be sure, take a deeper look into this article.

This piece of software is undoubtedly one of the most tedious one around for any sysadmin or developer alike. People have asked the question that I headlined countless of times on the pages of StackOverflow or broader part of the internet. Today I want to put a serious stop on it!

But first, let’s get to know what people think about vi/vim in general.


How Pipedrive enables developers to get their monitoring data rolling within the deployment pipeline.

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To start things off, I’d like to shed light on a problem that we had at the very beginning of our monitoring journey in Pipedrive. If you haven’t yet, please check out the post about how Pipedrive is “Fueling the Rocket for 500 deploys per week”, as this is a center-point to the story here.

As you may know, developers usually want to get actionable data immediately after they hit the Deploy button. This is reasonable, who wouldn’t want to know, as soon as possible, if something that they are implementing is behaving as it should.

That’s where we step…


This simple idea saved countless amounts of work-hours for our team.

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If you’re anything in the means of a traditional system administrator, you most likely have dealt with Zabbix along the way of your career path. Zabbix can be a useful tool for Sys Admins, DevOps, and people that handle infrastructure at any scale of companies.

My career in monitoring has led me to see many things in the given field. However, most of them might’ve not been the best possible ways of doing monitoring or could have been the worst possible ways of doing so.

Today I would like to have a deep-dive into something close to my heart —…

Kristjan Hiis

Co-Founder of @HastliHQ— Love monitoring and data! Monitoring Team Lead @Pipedrive

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