Posts by Liz Fong Jones

Liz Fong-Jones

Field CTO

Liz is a developer advocate, labor and ethics organizer, and Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) with 18+ years of experience. She is currently the Field CTO at Honeycomb, and previously was an SRE working on products ranging from the Google Cloud Load Balancer to Google Flights.


5-Star OTel: OpenTelemetry Best Practices

Recently, Honeycomb held a roundtable discussion (available on demand) with Camal Cakar, Senior Site Reliability Engineer at Jimdo; Pierre Lacerte, Director of Software Development at...


Authors’ Cut—Gear up! Exploring the Broader Observability Ecosystem of Cloud-Native, DevOps, and SRE

You know that old adage about not seeing the forest for the trees? In our Authors’ Cut series, we’ve been looking at the trees that...

Observability   Featured  

Authors' Cut—No More Pipeline Blues: Accelerate CI/CD with Observability

Just like any aspect of development, poor integration, invisible bottlenecks, and bugs can plague your CI/CD pipelines. And debugging them? Well, it’s complicated. To see...

Observability   Featured  

Authors' Cut—Structured Events Are the Basis of Observability

Our Author's Cut series takes a deep dive into our O’Reilly Observability Engineering book. Join us for this session on structured events....

Culture   Best Practices   Ask Miss O11y  

Going On Call for the First Time

Miss O11y addresses common concerns of being on call and provides helpful advice on how to overcome any fear it may bring....

Tracing   Ask Miss O11y  

Ask Miss O11y: Not Your Aunt’s Tracing

Dear Miss O11y, How is modern observability using tracing, such as Honeycomb, different from the previous distributed tracing software I'm familiar with, like Dapper, at...

Service Level Objectives   Ask Miss O11y  

Ask Miss O11y: Pls ELI5 TLAs like PRO, SRE, and SLOs!

Dear Miss O11y, I'm confused by all of the Three Letter Acronyms (TLAs) that have started popping up lately. This week, I got an email...

Ask Miss O11y  

Ask Miss O11y: Long-Running Requests

Dear Miss O11y, How do I think about instrumenting and setting service-level objectives (SLOs) on streaming RPC workloads with long-lived connections? We won't necessarily have...

Service Level Objectives   Sampling   Ask Miss O11y  

Ask Miss O11y: Load Testing With Fidelity

Dear Miss O11y, My developers and I can't agree about what the right approach is for running load tests in production. Should we even be...

Technical Deep Dives  

Scaling Kafka at Honeycomb

When you send telemetry into Honeycomb, our infrastructure needs to buffer your data before processing it in our "retriever" columnar storage database. For the entirety...

Instrumentation   Best Practices   Ask Miss O11y  

Ask Miss O11y: Mapping Out Your Observability Journey

Dear Miss O11y: It feels so overwhelming to get started with observability. I want to use Honeycomb, but it feels like I can't justify spending...

Software Engineering   Debugging  

Game Launches Should Be Exciting for Your Players, Not for Your LiveOps Team

This blog was co-authored by Amy Davis.  The moment of launching something new at a game studio (titles, experiences, features, subscriptions) is a blockbuster moment...


One Year of Graviton2 at Honeycomb

A year ago, we wrote about our experiences as early adopters of Graviton2, and how we were able to see 30% price-performance improvements on one...

Sampling   Instrumentation  

Sweetening Your Honey

Are you looking for a better way to troubleshoot, debug, and really see and understand what weird behavior is happening in production? Service-level objectives (SLOs)...

Conferences & Meetups  

A Recap of the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Observability Track

OpenTelemetry has evolved so much since the 2019 KubeCon North America in San Diego, where I live-demoed OpenTelemetry on the keynote stage and highlighted our...

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