The latest News and Information on Observabilty for complex systems and related technologies.


Monitoring Java applications with Elastic: Multiservice traces and correlated logs

In this two-part blog post, we’ll use Elastic Observability to monitor a sample Java application. In the first blog post, we started by looking at how Elastic Observability monitors Java applications. We built and instrumented a sample Java Spring application composed of a data-access microservice supported by a MySQL backend. In this part, we’ll use Java ECS logging and APM log correlation to link transactions with their logs.


Essential Observability Techniques for Continuous Delivery

Observability is an indispensable concept in continuous delivery, but it can be a little bewildering. Luckily for us, there are a number of tools and techniques to make our job easier! One way to aid in improving observability in a continuous delivery environment is by monitoring and analyzing key metrics from builds and deploys. With tools such as Prometheus and their integrations into CI/CD pipelines, gathering and analysis of metrics is simple. Tracking these things early on is essential.


Full Observability with Your Node.js App

Javascript is a pretty prolific programming language, used daily by people visiting any number of websites and web applications. NodeJS, it’s server-side version, is also used all over the place. You’ll find it deployed as full application stacks to functions in things like AWS Lambda, or even as IoT processes with things like Johnny Five. So when we think about Observability in the context of a nodejs stack, how do we set it up and get the information flowing?


Using Observability to Inspect and Adapt CI/CD Pipelines

In this blog post series, I’ve explored the relationship between observability and a set of software delivery lifecycle practices that help organizations adopt DevOps practices and change their ways of working from being project centric to product-centric. I started with Site Reliability Engineering, then considered Value Stream Management (VSM) and finish with this post on Continuous Integration and Delivery (CI/CD). Defining Continuous Integration


SRE + Honeycomb: Observability for Service Reliability

As a Customer Advocate, I talk to a lot of prospective Honeycomb users who want to understand how observability fits into their existing Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) practice. While I have enough of a familiarity with the discipline to get myself into trouble, I wanted to learn more about what SREs do in their day-to-day work so that I’d be better able to help them determine if Honeycomb is a good fit for their needs.


Interview with Honeycomb Engineer Chris Toshok: Dogfooding OpenTelemetry

At Honeycomb, we talk a lot about eating our own dogfood. Since we use Honeycomb to observe Honeycomb, we have many opportunities to try out UX changes ourselves before rolling them out to all of our users. UX doesn’t stop at the UI though! Developer experience matters too, especially when getting started with observability. We often get questions about the difference between using our Beeline SDKs compared with other integrations, especially OpenTelemetry (abbreviated “OTel”).


The Cloud 2.0 Era: Observability in Distributed Systems

In the 2010 decade, we saw a massive migration of infrastructures into the cloud, along with many new technologies and companies being born “cloud-native.” Although there is still a significant percentage of worldwide data stored and applications run on-premises, the 2020 decade will be focused on a new era of making clouds, and applications that run on them, more efficient.


Observability in the Cloud-Native Age: Announcing the DevOps Pulse 2020

It’s that time of year again — the DevOps Pulse 2020 is here! Last year, nearly 1,000 engineers around the world provided their insights in the DevOps Pulse 2019 so we could get the community’s perspective on the growth and challenges associated with observability, cloud monitoring and more. As we discovered in last year’s DevOps Pulse, observability is still a major challenge for many organizations.