This year’s Monitorama was another success for @obfuscurity and the
monitoring community. My one line observation of this years event is that the
event was “less pragmatic” than last year. I would rate the more abstract
qualities of quality, diversity, and my overall desire to attend the same as
last year — high. My personal preference for this, and most, conferences is
pragmatism and so I call this out; my ranking of presentations certainly
reflects this, more so than any general vote of quality.
Without further ado, my ranked recommendations for Monitorama 2015 review:
Kyle provides a good overview of Riemann, his “part time project”. While not an
in depth discussion of Riemann, Kyle does a good job of covering the core
concepts and breadth of what Riemann can accomplish. An excellent source if one
is trying to discover if and where Riemann can be utilized.
Loris demonstrated container monitoring with his relatively new tool sysdig
and cAdvisor from Google. This is an excellent overview and demo of both
tools. Additionally, Loris demos a commercial product that takes sysdig to the
next level, providing a web based dashboard of an entire running cluster —
Rob presents an architectural overview of the Heka stream processing engine. He
discusses some of its many use-cases. This presentation will convey to the
viewer enough to determine if Heka is appropriate for potential tasks.
If you make it past the first three “Must Watch” presentations then the
following are where I would recommend spending your time next. The first two
are less pragmatic, but cover lessons learned and potentially positive ways of
looking at monitoring issues as learned from Netflix. The Last is an good
overview and introduction to Druid.
To continue exploring the Monitorama 2015, the presentations below were my pick
of other ‘above the median’ (not everyone can be above 50%, only half of us),
presentations; if you like my choices so far, hopefully these will also be
intriguing to you.
There was one presentation that was less general, but for the audience where
it’s appropriate, it is certainly worth a watch .. not to mention any names like “Todd”.
Cyanite is a merger of Graphite and Cassandra. For large metric storage it
appears to be a project certainly worth investigating.
Finally, in digging through twitter postings, I discovered that @obfuscurity has
made a guest contribution to the Librato blog and covers:
Thank you Jason.