Honeycomb: The Year Bee-hind Us
As 2017 comes to a close, Honeycomb is also coming up on our 2nd anniversary as a Real Company™. It seems like a doubly-good time to reflect on the events of the past year, so strap in and join me as I bumble (haw!) along and share this year’s notable events 🙂
Kicking the year off right–as though we’d been saving up for the new year, we shipped three things in January!
- released the much-anticipated Triggers feature so you can get notifications when your data meet criteria you define,
- encouraged you to share your work with public permalinks, and
- broadened your data ingestion horizons with the TCP agent for MongoDB.
Immediately moving on to further critical business, we finally had enough Honeycombers on Slack chatting about random stuff that we made #misc on Friday, Feb 24th–and to this day, hot topics continue to be: food, coffee, keyboards, dogs, and our increasingly-alarming level of dependence on LaCroix.
Following shortly on the heels of the creation of #misc, we made the startling discovery that Snapchat had a bee face filter (!!!), which led to many of us replacing our icons on Phabricator:
(I showed up a bit late, and had to make do with a subsequent, less apiarially-accurate Snapchat bee filter. Also I just made up that word. I am a trained wordsmith, do not try this at home.)
Obviously the bee-mojis were just the thing, because shortly after that, we shipped one of our favorite collaborative tools, Playlists–which are now renamed to Boards and continue to support your effectiveness by letting you share your pinned queries and analyses with your teammates.
Representative of her typical level of commitment and follow-through, Christine decided on April 10th to dress as Hela from the Thor movie for Halloween…more on that later….
Ragnarok or no, back in the real world, we officially launched Honeycomb as a production service the very next day, April 11th, and had a little rainbow-socked shindig on our back patio:
Riding high on the excitement of launching our service, known pun enthusiast Charity began her campaign of evil^Whumor:
(and shows no signs of stopping these many months later, I might add.)
Following one of Sam’s great side project ideas…
…and an external request for some more…old-school observability:
We launched our much-loved Slack integration, making in-Slack unfurls of our beautiful graphs available to all our users who want to share their findings, and followed it just a month later with one of our most useful features yet, dynamic sampling–making it possible for you to
We moved offices to our current location at the beginning of June, which is also about when we discovered
While the ponysay rainbows were still galloping across our monitors, we shipped our beautiful stacked graphs visualization, added the option to right-click and filter, and gave our users the ability to calculate values.
Sneaky photography on the way to a weekend offsite showed us that as we suspected, neither Christine nor Charity are morning people:
When they got back, we had a pretty busy month, shipping:
- Markers so you can make note of builds and other operational events in your timeline,
- A sweet Kubernetes Agent and ksonnet integration with the help of our pals at Heptio,
- Self-service visibility with our Usage Center, and
- A major update to our Quickstart to make it even easier for your new teammates to get up to speed with Honeycomb.
We also hosted our first meetup, on July 12th. We’re now listing them on our Meetup page so sign up now if you haven’t already!
This year roll-up would not be complete without an homage to our office dog, Ducky. Ducky is Christine’s pupper, although some would dispute that they are necessarily separate beings:
Ducky is not a fan of costumes, but is patient with us:
(Hints to the Halloween ahead: BatDuck!)
A new Honeycomber we didn’t get to introduce to you was taken from us in early September. Alongside the sadness at our loss we are grateful for the reminder to spend time doing what matters and telling our friends and family we love them.
We did our best not to let the SF heatwave slow us down and to enjoy the fruits of our labors:
and shipped our glorious heatmap visualization:
But what you’re really here for is the Halloween pics, right? Well, in addition to BatDuck, we had some Bears:
a glorious Logrus:
and as promised, the most excellent Hela (as committed to back in April!) by Christine:
It’s traditional to give thanks in November, and we celebrated our own Impavid Factotum and general office manager Doña by bringing in a big pile of baked goods in gratefulness of her general awesomeness–we’re pretty sure no other startup gets this kind of love. What we’d do without her is not to be contemplated.
Charity gave us the gift of observability clue with one of our most popular blog posts to date–if you haven’t checked out “Best Practices for Observability”, you owe it to yourself, because when Charity says something…
We put some more observability gifts under your tree in December, shipping:
- a Chef integration for Honeycomb with some help from coderanger,
rdslogintegrations for PostgreSQL, and lastly,
- custom regex log ingestion for all your fiddly custom logs.
To round out our holiday offering, Nathan got into the holiday spirit and graphed the 12 days of Christmas in Honeycomb for you!
Aaaaand here we are back around the sun, ready for a new year. Thanks for joining us on the ride! We look forward to delivering even greater observability to you in the year to come. If you’re new to Honeycomb, sign up for a free trial and bee with us as well! 🙂