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Timestamps On Downtime Alerts

We've made a useful improvement to Downtime Monkey alerts. Each downtime alert now includes a timestamp that shows the time that the website went down and each uptime alert includes a timestamp that shows the time that the website came back up. This turned out to be more work than expected, largely because we thought we'd knock it out in under an hour :) Although it wasn't totally straightforward to develop, the end-result is incredibly simple to use...


Create Reproducible Security in Kubernetes with Helm 3 and Helm Charts

With the growing popularity of containerized applications, organizations and startups at all levels need to manage their Kubernetes deployments more safely at scale. Today, there is an expanding list of tools and services that can help do this. One of these services is the package manager known as Helm.

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Tech Tip: Pointing Your Automated Tests to Sauce

So you’ve realized the benefits of test automation. Through your own research, or perhaps a small proof of concept, you’ve realized removing once-manual quality processes can accelerate release cycles and improve your user experience. You’ve built a small suite of tests, and the benefits are real. The next step in your journey, you realize, is to achieve the real value of automation, which means running it continuously and at scale.


The automation hype is real for SOC teams: unpacking the Dimensional Research "2020 State of SecOps and Automation" report

As more and more enterprises shift to the cloud, the pressure on SOC teams to protect them against threats rises exponentially. They are the very first line of defense against data breaches and cyber threats that become more frequent and more sophisticated.


Best practices for alerting on Kubernetes

A step by step cookbook on best practices for alerting on Kubernetes platform and orchestration, including PromQL alerts examples. If you are new to Kubernetes and monitoring, we recommend that you first read Monitoring Kubernetes in production, in which we cover monitoring fundamentals and open-source tools. Interested in Kubernetes monitoring?


Monitoring Kubernetes in Production

Monitoring Kubernetes, both the infrastructure platform and the running workloads, is on everyone’s checklist as we evolve beyond day zero and into production. Traditional monitoring tools and processes aren’t adequate, as they do not provide visibility into dynamic container environments. Given this, what tools can you use to monitor Kubernetes and your applications?


Bringing Data to Command & Control

It’s a metaphor that would have been impossible to decode even a decade ago: a Command and Control environment where essential data flows as quickly and intuitively as a map on Uber or Lyft. It’s a way of imagining efficient access to up-to-the-minute mission-relevant information, so that any sensor can make useful intelligence available to any device or effect, on a single screen, in time to make a difference.

Chaos Engineering for a More Secure Kubernetes

Netflix, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and a host of other companies have adopted chaos engineering, which encourages designing systems to proactively ward off potential issues through testing and the anticipation of failure. When it comes to container orchestration tools like Kubernetes, chaos engineering is a vital tactic for enhancing security.


Overview of the Operational Database performance in CDP

This article gives you an overview of Cloudera’s Operational Database (OpDB) performance optimization techniques. Cloudera’s Operational Database can support high-speed transactions of up to 185K/second per table and a high of 440K/second per table. On average, the recorded transaction speed is about 100K-300K/second per node. This article provides you an overview of how you can optimize your OpDB deployment in either Cloudera Data Platform (CDP) Public Cloud or Data Center.


AWS Mistakes You're Making That are Costing You

Making the shift to AWS can bring myriad benefits including improved application performance and reduced costs. However, moving to AWS does not guarantee that your application will run efficiently by default. There is a tendency for companies that are migrating from more traditional data center operations to bring their traditional manner of operations with them to a cloud and end up missing some of the benefits their migration could provide.


The 7 building blocks of customer service

Efficient and productive customer service representatives are a baseline, not a gold standard. A recent Aberdeen report reveals that forward-thinking customer service organizations have developed strategies to directly benefit customers by making engaging with brands more convenient. These companies understand that effortless service experiences create a competitive advantage.


How to use check aggregates in Sensu Go

Aggregates, which allow you to monitor groups of checks or entities, were a much-beloved feature in Sensu Core (the predecessor to Sensu Go) — Ben Abrams describes them as “awesome” in his post on alert fatigue, noting that aggregates are like having “a bunch of nodes behind a load balancer where each node is healthchecked, and if a node drops out it may not be worth waking someone up in the middle of the night.”