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Reflections on Monitorama 2019

This year was my third in a row attending (and now speaking at!) Monitorama. Because the organizers do a great job of turning introverts into extroverts for three days straight, it’s always a fun…

Welcome (to) Home

Our latest product update features an intuitive home (landing) page that orients users with a quick, real-time view into what’s happening right now in your production systems. Home displays commonly used queries and breakdowns,…

Notes from On-call Adjacency

I’ve never been on-call, but I’ve been on-call adjacent for a lot of my adult life—my partners, my housemates, my friends…they’ve largely been sysadmins, in Operations, or Dev/Ops, which means I’ve experienced a lot…

Testing In Production

Testing in production has gotten a bad rap — despite the fact that we all do it, all the time. There’s a lot of value in testing: to a point. But if you can…

Observability: What’s in a Name?

“Is observability just monitoring with another name?” “Observability: we changed the word because developers don’t like monitoring.” There’s been a lot of hilarious snark about this lately. Which is great, who doesn’t love A+…

Our First Outage

Dear honeycomb users, On Saturday, Aug 19th, we experienced a service outage for all customers. This was our first-ever outage, even though we’ve had users in production for almost exactly one year, and paying…

Lies My Parents Told Me (About Logs)

Lots of us still believe some pretty silly things about logs. Most of these things used to be true! Some of them never really were. Sometimes they are “true enough” to get you a…

Is Honeycomb a monitoring tool?

You may notice that we don’t talk about “monitoring” much, and that’s because we don’t really think of monitoring as what we do, even though it kind of is. Traditional monitoring relies heavily on…