We all need to move fast in order to stay competitive. But the faster things move, the faster things break.
While many companies have made great strides towards automating application release and infrastructure management, automation for service assurance has been sorely lacking. That’s left Dev and Ops with a problem: how to effectively service alerts that have grown by orders of magnitude.
SREcon16 is a wrap, and our team had a blast at this year’s event! Both days were non-stop action: demos, discussions, and - of course - handing out our fair share of panda swag. Between the buzz on the floor and in the sessions, what topics were top of mind at this year’s show? Here are our three key takeaways:
You’ve solved your noisy alert problem with BigPanda. Now solve your noisy ChatOps problem with BigPanda and HipChat, thanks to HipChat’s new integrations platform, HipChat Connect.
If every incident update were to push a new message, your Ops chatrooms would quickly become more crowded than O’Malley’s Pub on St. Patty’s Day. BigPanda now integrates with HipChat via HipChat Connect, so you can not only view the status of BigPanda incidents in HipChat, but also view incident details with links to relevant actions in the glance view beside the chat room.
More than ever, we live in an age of now. Movies on-demand. Health metrics streamed to wearables. Package delivery by drone. Any cuisine, any time.
Immediate everything enabled by technology requires new application architectures, organizational thinking, and approaches to performance monitoring.
One of the technology trends most associated with this "short attention span lifestyle" is the segmentation of services and workloads into containers.
Sam’s a father of two boys living in the bucolic LA suburb of West Covina. He’s a family first guy who paints model military cargo planes for fun, makes award-winning paella, hates his commute, and loathes his phone between the hours of midnight and 4:00 AM.
Sam was a kid when he joined News Corp as a help desk analyst in 2000. More than 15 years later and he’s now Sr. Director of IT managing a growing team of 30 NOC engineers, sys admins, and DBAs. Over the years, he has received more promotions than Trump on his own Twitter feed by delivering results and never wavering from two core beliefs that influence everything he does:
You and Nagios have had your share of ups and downs, but lately it just hasn’t been the same. You’re busy with other systems and having less patience to deal with the constant nagging from good ol’ Nagios. She’s beginning to sound more and more like a broken record.
If you keep going down this path, your MTTR will suffer. Or worse, you won’t be able to satisfy your customers. But you’re not ready to give up on Nagios just yet – after all, she's been there when you needed her.
When we released the first version of MonitoringScape six months ago, we set out to help IT professionals navigate the ever-growing and evolving world of modern monitoring. Since then, this landscape has only continued to proliferate and expand. Every month, promising new tools are popping up across a broad range of monitoring specialties – and we here at BigPanda are determined to keep MonitoringScape up-to-date to provide you with a go-to source for discovering and researching new solutions.
In that vein, we’re happy to announce the newest version of MonitoringScape, which includes more than 35 updates!
Software everywhere or software nowhere?
“Software is increasingly everywhere”, Kirkpatrick explained, “but it’s so seamless that you don’t even see it. You just enjoy new efficiencies and ways of getting things done”.
For many IT and Ops teams, Nagios is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, Nagios gives you near real-time visibility into the inner workings of your IT infrastructure. But on the other hand, Nagios can generate so many alerts that it’s impossible for any single person (or even any team) to keep up.
If you’re struggling with a flood of Nagios alerts, this two-part blog series is for you. We’ll take a close look at the complicated relationship that IT and Ops professionals have with the monitoring tool, explain why Nagios is so noisy, and discuss the simple way that you take charge of your alerts and maximize the way Nagios works for you.
In between sessions at last weekend’s DevOpsDays Silicon Valley, scores of attendees filled the halls, amplifying the Computer History Museum with chatter and turning it into something more akin to a high school cafeteria than a conference venue. As crowds formed to share their stories and insights with one another, a common theme quickly emerged: It just isn’t as easy as we thought it would be.
This is part two of a two-part post about using event correlation to thwart DDoS attacks. Channeling Mark Twain: it would have been shorter if I had more time. In the last post I described why DDoS attacks for SaaS providers are no different than performance and availability issues experienced in other domains like healthcare, finance, or retail. In this post I’ll share a customer story about a security breach that never happened… thanks to a savvy DevOps team and data science.
If you work in tech, you’ve probably heard of the Pareto principle, or, as it’s more commonly called, the 80/20 rule. According to the 80/20 rule, for many events, 80 percent of the results are generated by 20 percent of the inputs.
A little background: back in the late 1800s the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto noticed that approximately 80 percent of the land in Italy was owned by 20 percent of the population. Not long after, Pareto also observed that 20 percent of the peapods in his garden generated 80 of the crop’s yield – and thus the 80/20 principle was born.
Today, I'm happy to announce that BigPanda has raised $16 million in Series B funding. Battery Ventures led the round, with participation from existing investors Sequoia Capital and Mayfield. We are thrilled to call them all partners. If you're into press releases, you can check it out here
In the last two decades, with the emergence of cloud infrastructure and SaaS delivery models, the monitoring ecosystem has changed dramatically to include over 100 monitoring solutions. The upside of that change is the rapid implementation of monitoring infrastructure, but the unintended consequence of this is that the tools themselves decide what IT measures.
Today we announced an integration with the excellent cloud monitoring system Librato which was recently acquired by SolarWinds. We’ve enjoyed working with the Librato team to bring the product to market and now are eagerly awaiting feedback from the loud and proud community of BigPanda+Librato users.