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Posts by Rachel Perkins

Culture  

2019: The Year Bee-hind Us

Once again we are at the end of another year, facing into the endless potential of the next one, and thinking back on the fun...

Observability   Operations   Software Engineering  

How To Make Your Customers Happy, with Eaze

"Success is a catastrophe that you have to survive." -- CJ Silverio A couple of weeks ago I had the great pleasure of hosting CJ...

Logging   Observability   Software Engineering  

The Path from Unstructured Logs to Observability

Are you starting out on your journey toward observability? Do you have a mandate from management, or are you a lone warrior in the matrix?...

Observability  

Notes from Observability Roundtables

The Velocity conference happened recently, and as part of it we (Honeycomb) hosted a sort of reverse-panel discussion, where you talked, and we listened. You...

Metrics   Observability  

Building Your Observability Practice with Tools that Co-exist

A lot of product marketing is about telling people to throw away what they have in favor of something entirely new. Sometimes that is the...

Observability   Operations   Software Engineering  

Toward a Maturity Model for Observability

Access to observability is becoming critical to organizations shipping software, running modern infrastructures in production, and to understanding how users are experiencing their service. To...

Metrics   Sampling  

The New Rules of Sampling

One of the most common questions we get at Honeycomb is about how to control costs while still achieving the level of observability needed to...

Dogfooding   Software Engineering   Tracing  

When In Doubt, Add More Spans: A Tale of Tracing and Testing In Production

Recently, Toshok was telling a story about the kind of thing he talks about a lot—improving the performance of some endpoint or page or other....

Events   Metrics   Sampling  

Metrics vs Events: A Conversation About Controlling Volume

If I'm used to metrics, how should I think about events in Honeycomb? This question cuts to the heart of how Honeycomb is different from...

Software Engineering  

How To Talk to Your Boss About Honeycomb

At Honeycomb, we're pretty engineering-focused. We think our product is something every developer can benefit from, and we're working to build something we would want...

Metrics   News & Announcements   Observability  

Honeycomb vs Elastic Stack: It's about priorities

If you've been paying attention, you know that although collecting and reviewing metrics and logs is a core part of running a stable and successful...

Product Updates  

New Dataset Details and Schema Page Updates in Honeycomb

Happy Tuesday! We’ve got some Honeycomb improvements to share that I hope will make your day sweeter. Isn’t that soothing? Feel free to take a...

Product Updates  

Announcing Secondary Storage and the Fast Query Window

We tried pretty hard to resist making this joke, but: Now you can keep your hot data hot and your cool data cool! (How many...

Dogfooding   Observability   Software Engineering  

Sam Stokes talks about data infrastructure on the Data Engineering Podcast

This past week, Honeycomb engineering manager Sam Stokes was interviewed on the Data Engineering Podcast, and in addition to hearing him talk a little about...

Debugging   Observability  

Honeycombers at Influx Days (a late-ish report)

I finally got a chance to sit down and watch Emily and Christine’s talks from last November’s InfluxDays and right off the bat I have...

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