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Self-Service Capacity Management: A New Hope

By Peter Tuhtan  |   Last modified on January 11, 2019

Undoubtedly, you recall the critically acclaimed (some might say “groundbreaking”) blog post titled “Knowing is Half the Battle” which literally changed the way billions of Honeycomb users viewed and experienced their Honeycomb Usage Centers; and is also literally half the tagline from GI Joe.

I’d like to share a passage from that post that I have kept close to my heart since that fateful day:

“Wouldn’t it be swell if you could manipulate some levers to alter the distribution of the existing eps and storage across your datasets? Hang in there, because we’re hard at work to bring you more control over your usage and aim to provide some key additions around managing distribution, permissions, and additional capacity.” - Peter Tuhtan, July 20th, 2017

Well, lookie lookie, we all get cookies:

star wars cookies

capacity management screen, overview

Behold! Self-service capacity management! All users can still visit the Usage Center to find out if there is unused capacity to leverage, but as an account owner, if you navigate to your Honeycomb Usage Center you’ll now be able to control the distribution of your storage manually.

capacity management screen, account owner controls

Account owners can simply select “Manage” to use a dataset’s slider to alter what portion of your overall storage it will be receiving.

You’ll always be able to get a high-level understanding of how much unallocated storage you have left by visiting the Usage Center’s homepage. Exhibit A:

capacity management, unallocated storage

But if you’re like me…a loner, a rebel; sometimes you just have to bend the rules–and this is what that looks like. Exhibit B:

capacity management, overage

But! I’m also responsible 96% of the time, so I either leverage the new features of my Usage Center by using the “Manage” option to reduce my used capacity back into my storage limit, or I use the “Upgrade Plan” button to notify Honeycomb that I would like to chat about increasing my capacity plan.

Han Solo makes a call

We plan to support self-service purchasing via the “Upgrade Plan” button someday, but until then we’re here to help you with that. We’re also always here to discuss ways for you to get more out of your capacity besides spending more, so if smarter sampling, or other changes to the ways you’re sending data are of interest to you, don’t be shy :)

If you have any questions or feedback, let us know: write in to &

Cheers all, and comb on.


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