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Oct 22, 2019 | By Mark Siebert
Amazon ECS allows you to easily run containers in AWS in units called tasks. Groups of identical tasks are called services, and groups of services running on the same infrastructure are called clusters. Since it is critical to the health of your application, properly monitoring ECS is a top priority for most teams. In this blog post, we will go over how Blue Matador monitors ECS tasks automatically and without configuration.
Oct 15, 2019 | By Alvaro Carrasco
Redshift is a fast, managed, data warehouse solution that's part of AWS. Although it is traditional SQL and meant for BI (Business Intelligence), it is designed for scalability and can support many workloads typically reserved for Big Data tools. It is protocol-compatible with PostgreSQL and is available through JDBC/ODBC, opening it up to a huge range of existing SQL tools.
Oct 8, 2019 | By Keilan Jackson
Kubernetes is the defacto solution for production-ready container orchestration in 2019. Organizations of any size are able to take advantage of Kubernetes’ quick setup, feature-rich API, and growing community to deliver value quickly and at scale. Since Kubernetes is central to many infrastructures, properly monitoring your Kubernetes clusters is critical. In this post, we will go over how Blue Matador monitors each piece of your Kubernetes cluster automatically.
Oct 1, 2019 | By Mark Siebert
Once you’ve hired a software engineer, it’s easy to feel like the recruiting process is over. However, the first few days and weeks of your new engineer’s experience are critical to their long term success and happiness at your startup. In this last part of our series on hiring software engineers as the CTO of a startup, we’ll talk about how we onboard software engineers at Blue Matador and the insights I’ve gained in this part of the CTO experience.
Sep 24, 2019 | By Mark Siebert
When you find a software engineer who passes your code test, you’ll want to bring them in for an in-office interview. In this part of our series on hiring software engineers as the CTO of a startup, we’ll talk about Blue Matador’s approach to the in-office interview and the insights I’ve gained in this part of the CTO experience.
Sep 19, 2019 | By Blue Matador
Every innovative team has two competing interests: rapid feature development and production stability. Blue Matador enables the best of both worlds, where time-strapped developers and DevOps teams only get notified of actionable events that threaten production. See how it works with this demo from our Founder and CEO Matthew Barlocker.
Jun 6, 2019 | By Blue Matador
Monitoring freeable memory will help you know when it is time to scale your Amazon RDS cluster. Freeable memory is not reported by the database, but rather by the OS. Freeable memory is the combination of unused and temporarily used memory. It is the memory that the system can grant without adverse effects. When an Amazon RDS instance runs out of freeable memory the OS may do up to three things.
Jun 3, 2019 | By Blue Matador
RDS is Amazon's managed relational database service. While RDS manages your databases maintenance, uptime and upgrade it is your responsibility to determine the cluster's scale and capacity. So the big question is when do you need to scale up? To answer this question you should understand and monitor seven metrics for each server in your cluster. They are: Database connections, Freeable memory, CPU credit balance, Free local storage, Replica lag, Commit latency, Select latency
Apr 24, 2019 | By Blue Matador
A common problem with Amazon CloudFront and Amazon S3 hosting deals with negative TTLs. Matthew from Blue Matador outlines the steps needed to correct this problem. Understand eventual consistency in S3. New items may take time to propagate through redundant systems and be available in all locations., Understand CloudFront's default policy for handling errors, like 403 forbidden, is to cache that error for 5 minutes., The solution is to modify distribution settings in CloudFront.