Honeycomb

San Francisco, CA, USA
2016
Nov 28, 2022   |  By George Miranda
Today, we’re announcing the expansion of Honeycomb integrations with various AWS services. This update now covers a much wider swath of AWS services, makes it easier to integrate your AWS stack with Honeycomb, and with our new BubbleUp enhancements, you’ll be identifying and debugging hidden issues in your AWS stack faster than ever.
Nov 23, 2022   |  By Lex Neva
I joined Honeycomb as a Staff Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) midway through September, and it’s been a wild ride so far. One thing I was especially excited about was the opportunity to see Honeycomb’s incident retrospective process from the inside. I wasn’t disappointed! The first retrospective I took part in was for our ingestion delays incident on September 8th.
Nov 18, 2022   |  By Nathan Lincoln
With the introduction of Environments & Services, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the creation of new datasets. These new datasets are smaller than ones created with Honeycomb Classic, where customers would typically place all of their services under a single, large dataset. This change has presented some interesting scaling challenges, which I’ll detail in this post, along with the solution we used, and how we leveraged Honeycomb’s own telemetry to scale Honeycomb.
Nov 17, 2022   |  By Rebecca Carter
Intercom’s mission is to build better communication between businesses and their customers. With that in mind, they began their journey away from metrics alone and towards complete observability. The first step was tooling, and they learned quickly that trying to work with multiple solutions was not the answer.
Nov 14, 2022   |  By George Miranda
If you’re writing software today, then you likely use a CI/CD pipeline to build and test your code before deploying it to production. Having a fast and efficient build pipeline saves you development time, shortens feedback loops, and helps you ship features faster. Conversely, slow and unreliable build pipelines are full of lost productivity and sadness.
Nov 10, 2022   |  By Nick Rycar
There are a ton of leaves in my yard, and I’m slowly coming out of a weeklong sugar coma. That can only mean October has come and gone. Let’s take a peek at what new and noteworthy changes Honeycomb has made since we last checked in.
Nov 9, 2022   |  By Reid Savage
One of the things that struck me upon joining Honeycomb was the seemingly laissez-faire approach we took towards internal SLOs. From my own research (beginning with the classic SRE book, following Google’s example), I came to these conclusions: If you read the original SRE book when it was released, before the workbook came out, these conclusions all made sense.
Nov 3, 2022   |  By Martin Thwaites
In the last few years, the usage of databases that charge by request, query, or insert—rather than by provisioned compute infrastructure (e.g., CPU, RAM, etc.)—has grown significantly. They’re popular for a lot of the same reasons that serverless compute functions are, as the cost will scale with your usage. No one is using your site? No problem: you’re not charged.
Oct 31, 2022   |  By Jess Mink
It may surprise you to hear, but Honeycomb doesn’t currently have a platform team. We have a platform org, and my title is Director of Platform Engineering. We have engineers doing platform work. And, we even have an SRE team and a core services team. But a platform team? Nope. I’ve been thinking about what it might mean to build a platform team up from scratch—a situation some of you may also be in—and it led me to asking crucial questions. What should such a team own?
Oct 27, 2022   |  By Liz Fong-Jones
Written by Liz Fong-Jones and Phillip Carter. OpenTelemetry, also known as OTel, is a CNCF open standard that enables distributed tracing and metrics collection from your applications. At Honeycomb, we believe that OpenTelemetry is the best way to ingest the high-cardinality and high-dimensional data that every system, no matter how complex or distributed, needs for observability.
Apr 1, 2022   |  By Honeycomb
In this 3-minute video, you’ll see how Honeycomb’s actionable SLOs can help you get to the source of an issue faster. Using a real production SLO (latency per-event) as an example, we walk you through what exhaustion time alerts are and how to configure them, as well as how to use a heatmap to investigate and take action when things happen.
Apr 1, 2022   |  By Honeycomb
In this 3-minute video, you’ll learn how to use heatmaps to visualize a large number of events over different time buckets. This video also covers how you can combine heatmaps with Honeycomb’s BubbleUp feature to speed up your debugging workflow.
Apr 1, 2022   |  By Honeycomb
In this 3.5-minute video, we show you how to find all the details associated with your traces. You’ll also learn how you can navigate and customize the waterfall trace view in Honeycomb.
Dec 17, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
With Liz Fong Jones, Principal Developer Advocate at Honeycomb and Ryan Pedersen, Senior Solutions Engineer at CircleCI In this talk, you’ll learn how Honeycomb keeps its CircleCI workflow duration at about 10 minutes per build through parallelizing build steps, using native container builders per architecture, and tracing execution of the build to know where to optimize.
Dec 17, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
Danyel Fisher, User Data Expert at Honeycomb Honeycomb constantly ships new features to production, so it’s hard to keep up sometimes. In this session, we’ll look at recent highlights and the best new things you’ll want to know about and use.
Dec 17, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
With Brian Langbecker, Solution Architect at Honeycomb See how Honeycomb integrates distributed tracing into your debugging workflows, with no context switching required.
Dec 17, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
With David Pickavance, Senior Sales Engineer at Apollo GraphQL Learn how to use Honeycomb, Apollo Studio, and Open Telemetry to optimize GraphQL performance for a federated graph. See how to debug a federated GraphQL query across subgraphs and down to the database layer using Honeycomb.
Jul 12, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
The 2021 Observability Maturity Community Research report is the first year-over-year look at the observability landscape and how practices are evolving. And they are 3X more likely to deliver high customer satisfaction. Which practices make all the difference when it comes to advancing the impact of your observability practice? Honeycomb's VP of Engineering, Emily Nakashima leads a discussion with Redmonk Co-founder James Governor, Honeycomb CTO and Co-founder Charity Majors, and Eaze's Sr. Software Engineer, Joe Thackery.
Jun 22, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
presented at o11ycon+hnycon, June 9-10, 2021 Nora Jones, CEO @ Jeli, Charity Majors, CTO & Co-founder@ Honeycomb o11ycon Keynote Nora Jones and Charity Majors will share their experiences leading major movements shaping the future of shipping software. Nora Jones is CEO of Jeli, and former engineer at Netflix and Slack will share her research and experience with Chaos Engineering, human factors, and site reliability. Charity Majors is Honeycomb's CTO and co-founder, who pioneered Observability as a software practice for modern teams.
Jun 22, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
Presented at o11ycon+hnycon, June 9–10, 2021 Max Edmands, Staff Product Engineer @ Honeycomb Introducing Honeycomb Metrics
Sep 30, 2020   |  By Honeycomb
Honeycomb is an event-based observability tool, but you can-and should-use metrics alongside your events. Fortunately, Honeycomb can analyze both types of data at the same time. When maturing from metrics-based application monitoring to an observability-based development practice, there are considerations that can make the transformation easier for you and your team.
Aug 24, 2020   |  By Honeycomb
Evaluating observability tools can be a daunting task when you're unfamiliar with key considerations and possibilities. This guide steps through various capabilities for observability tooling and why they matter.
Aug 11, 2018   |  By Honeycomb
This document discusses the history, concept, goals, and approaches to achieving observability in today's software industry, with an eye to the future benefits and potential evolution of the software development practice as a whole.

Honeycomb is a tool for introspecting and interrogating your production systems. We can gather data from any source—from your clients (mobile, IoT, browsers), vendored software, or your own code. Single-node debugging tools miss crucial details in a world where infrastructure is dynamic and ephemeral. Honeycomb is a new type of tool, designed and evolved to meet the real needs of platforms, microservices, serverless apps, and complex systems.

Honeycomb provides full stack observability—designed for high cardinality data and collaborative problem solving, enabling engineers to deeply understand and debug production software together. Founded on the experience of debugging problems at the scale of millions of apps serving tens of millions of users, we empower every engineer to instrument and query the behavior of their system.