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This is a guest post by Ilan Rabinovitch, Direct of Product Management at Datadog. The convergence of rapid feature development, automation, continuous delivery, and the shifting makeup of modern tech stacks has pushed monitoring requirements to a potentially overwhelming scale. But while the systems you need to monitor are complex, your monitoring strategy doesn't have to be. At Datadog, we see the demand for monitoring at scale as a product of four changes: Increasing number of infrastructure components (microservices, instances, containers) Frequency of code and configuration changes Number of people and roles interacting with infrastructure Proliferation of platforms, tools, and services (from a few vendor packages to lots of hosted services and open source software) The scale and pace of change involved in ops today dictate a carefully crafted monitoring and i... (more)

To Build or To Buy?

The typical techie will face every challenge with a simple question: “Can I build the solution myself?” And often, the question is valid enough that it gets some significant consideration. So, should we build or buy? Evaluation of an incident management solution seems to now invite this question as well. But how do you know when you should build or buy your incident management platform? Why Build? Sometimes the desire to build your own solution is based on the simple fact that procurement of a commercial solution is out of your hands. For example, enterprise IT has the budget fo... (more)

The Importance of Operational Maturity and Being Application-Centric | @DevOpsSummit #Agile #DevOps

The Importance of Operational Maturity and Being Application-Centric By Michael Churchman Is your organization's IT system operationally mature, and is it application-centric? In today's digital landscape, achieving both of these are crucial for the success of any serious IT operation - both at the enterprise level and in the context of smaller organizations. What is operational maturity? It is a general measure of the overall consistency, reliability, resilience, coherence, and sophistication of an IT system at the levels of management, design, and operation. There have been seve... (more)

How We Compute Today | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #AI #APM #Monitoring

How We Compute Today: What Modern Infrastructure Looks Like By Michael Churchman Today's infrastructure is not your grandparents' IT infrastructure, nor is it the infrastructure from a generation ago. The days of punch cards, vacuum tubes, ferrite core memory, floppies, and dial-up Internet are over. Today's infrastructure is also not the IT infrastructure that it five years ago, or even a year ago for that matter. Modern infrastructure is changing constantly, and all that we can do is provide a snapshot of infrastructure at the moment, along with a general picture of where it's go... (more)

A Developer’s Perspective | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #Monitoring

A Developer's Perspective By Eric Sigler "Walking over to the Ops room - I don't feel like I ever need to do that anymore." In the run up to our latest release of capabilities for developers, I sat down with David Yang, a senior engineer here at PagerDuty who's seen our internal architecture evolve from a single monolithic codebase to dozens of microservices. He's the technical lead for our Incident Management - People team, which owns the services that deliver alert notifications to all 8,000+ PagerDuty customers. We sat down and talked about life after switching to teams owni... (more)