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Instrumentation: A Series

Good morning! Over the next couple of weeks we are going to be hosting a series of posts here on instrumentation. It started, as most trouble does, on Twitter. pro tip: if you think…

Honeycomb FAQ in 140 Chars: Getting Started

Welcome! This will be a semi-regular series, where we answer frequently asked questions in short, digestible bites. Or if you prefer long philosophical essays about the future of observability, go here. Ten short questions…

Honeycomb and the Five Whys: Summary Post

Anchor post at the top of this week’s long series of “vision” posts, so everything doesn’t just appear backwards. 🙂 This week we set forth the case for why Honeycomb is the future. We’ve…

Part 4/5: Everyone is a DBA

DBAs may be the last remaining priesthood in our industry. But software engineers and operations engineers are increasingly finding themselves responsible for precious company data, and DBAs are increasingly adopting generalist skillsets and best…

Part 2/5: Dear Software Engineers

Observability is not a thing for operations or some other team to care about. Software engineers, you are increasingly the primary owners of your own services … and this is a great thing. Developers,…

Part 1/5: Asking Better Questions

Any mature production system is likely to have hundreds of thousands if not millions of metrics, most of which never get looked at by a human. Metrics and logs are no longer human-scale, they…