Observing Google Cloud Platform Services Best Practices

Google Cloud Platform (GCP), offered by Google, is a suite of cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products, such as Google Search, Gmail and YouTube. Google Cloud Platform provides infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, and serverless computing environments.


Introducing Metrics from Logs and Log Rehydration

As your application grows in size and complexity, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage the number of logs it generates and the cost of ingesting, processing, and analyzing them. Organizations often have little control over fluctuations in the volume of logs generated—and the resulting costs of collecting them—so they are forced to limit the number of logs generated by their applications, or to pre-filter logs before sending them to their log management platform.


Dash 2019: Guide to Datadog's newest announcements

At Dash 2019, we are excited to share a number of new products and features on the Datadog platform. With the addition of Network Performance Monitoring, Real User Monitoring, support for collecting browser logs, and single-pane-of-glass visibility for serverless environments, Datadog now provides even broader coverage of the modern application stack, from frontend to backend.


3X Growth is Quite a Milestone, And It's Only the Beginning

When you start a company – or a third company as is the case for Lee and me – you start with a problem statement, a product you believe in, and a lot of hope. This means when growth goes as planned or exceeds expectations, you shouldn’t be surprised. This is what is supposed to happen. Great Product + Market Opportunity + Great Team = Successful Business. Intellectually, I know all this, but it is still exciting to see it come to fruition.


How to monitor NGINX web servers with the Elastic Stack

In this article, we'll be looking at how we can monitor NGINX using the various components of the Elastic Stack. We'll use Metricbeat and Filebeat to collect data. This data will be shipped off to and stored within Elasticsearch. Finally, we'll view that data with Kibana. Metricbeat will collect data related to connections (active, handled, accepted, etc.) and the total number of client requests. Filebeat will gather data related to access and error logs.


Deploying Redis with the ELK Stack

In a previous post, I explained the role Apache Kafka plays in production-grade ELK deployments, as a message broker and a transport layer deployed in front of Logstash. As I mentioned in that piece, Redis is another common option. I recently found out that it is even more popular than Kafka! Known for its flexibility, performance and wide language support, Redis is used both as a database and cache but also as a message broker.


On the Horizon: End of Splunk Support for Enterprise 6.x - 7.0

Close to twenty years ago, I worked on the Windows XP launch team. For its era, XP was a game changer – the most polished, reliable, and secure Windows OS ever. For years...which became decades...following the release, when I visited hotels and peeked at the receptionist’s desktop, or when I rode in an elevator and peered at the display screen, I was pleased and then dismayed to discover Windows XP powering those systems.


Elasticsearch security: Authentication, Encryption, Backup

There’s no need to look outside the Elastic Stack for apps to ensure data protection. Basic Elasticsearch Security features are free and include a lot of functionality to help you prevent unauthorized access, preserve data integrity by encrypting communication between nodes, and maintain an audit trail on who did what to your stack and with the data it stores. From authentication to encryption and backup, Elasticsearch security covers everything that’s needed to safeguard your cluster.


Elastic Cloud Enterprise at Cisco

This post is a recap of a community talk given at a recent Elastic{ON} Tour event. Interested in seeing more talks like this? Check out the conference archive or find out when the Elastic{ON} Tour is coming to a city near you. Networking and tech giant Cisco Systems, much like any large organization, produces an enormous amount of data and content internally.


Loki's Path to GA: Docker Logging Driver Plugin & Support for Systemd

Launched at KubeCon North America last December, Loki is a Prometheus-inspired service that optimizes storage, search, and aggregation while making logs easy to explore natively in Grafana. Loki is designed to work easily both as microservices and as monoliths, and correlates logs and metrics to save users money. Less than a year later, Loki has almost 6,500 stars on GitHub and is now quickly approaching GA.