Honeycomb

San Francisco, CA, USA
2016
Mar 2, 2021   |  By George Miranda
Today, we announced that Refinery is now generally available. With Refinery, it’s now easy to highlight the critical debugging data you need and to stop paying for the rest. Refinery is a sampling solution that lets you control resource costs at scale without sacrificing data fidelity. Support for Refinery is now also included in Honeycomb Enterprise plans.
Feb 25, 2021   |  By Liz Fong-Jones
Are you looking for a better way to troubleshoot, debug, and really see and understand what weird behavior is happening in production? Service-level objectives (SLOs) and observability can help you do all that—but they require collecting and storing the right data. If we’re naive with our telemetry strategy, we spend a lot of money on storing data without seeing adequate return on investment in the form of insights.
Feb 22, 2021   |  By Danyel Fisher
Honeycomb is all about collaboration: We believe that observability is a team sport, and we want to give you as many tools to help your team get the ball down the field (i.e., untangle knotty problems) as we can. We want you to be able to share the current state of your work so that others can follow and figure out what’s up, and we want you to leave breadcrumbs so the next time you’re stuck here, you can find your way back.
Feb 18, 2021   |  By Michael Sickles
It’s easy to get started with Java and Honeycomb using OpenTelemetry. With Honeycomb being a big supporter of the OpenTelemetry initiative, all it takes is a few parameters to get your data in. In this post, I will walk through setting up a demo app with the OpenTelemetry Java agent and show how I was able to get rich details with little work by combining automatic instrumentation from the agent with custom instrumentation in the code.
Feb 9, 2021   |  By Fred Hebert
This is my first week here as the first dedicated SRE for Honeycomb, and in a welcoming gesture, I was asked if I wanted to write a blog post about my first impressions and what made me decide to join the team. I’ve got a ton of personal reasons for joining Honeycomb that may not be worth being all public about, but after thinking for a while, I realized that many of the things I personally found interesting could point towards attitudes that result in better software elsewhere.
Feb 2, 2021   |  By Christine Yen
I’m delighted to announce that Honeycomb has raised $20M in Series B funding, led by e.ventures Growth, with participation from existing investors Scale Venture Partners, Storm Ventures, Next World Capital, and Merian Ventures, and joined by Industry Ventures. Honeycomb has led the conversation and momentum behind observability for years, and now we’re poised to scale the product, community, and practice even further.
Jan 26, 2021   |  By Chris Gardner
I’ve recently started working on a new project to build a Discord bot in Go, mostly as a way to learn more Go but also so I can use it to manage various things in Azure and potentially elsewhere. I figured it’d be useful to document some of this project to give some insights as to what I’ve done and why. Next up is the bot itself and how I integrated it into Honeycomb to get some visibility on how different commands are running.
Jan 19, 2021   |  By Chris Gardner
I’ve recently started working on a new project to build a Discord bot in Go, mostly as a way to learn more Go but also so I can use it to manage various things in Azure and potentially elsewhere. I figured it’d be useful to document some of this project to give some insights as to what I’ve done and why. First up was setting up the CI/CD pipeline for it so that I don’t need to worry about it later and can save myself a bunch of time when testing.
Jan 5, 2021   |  By Shelby Spees
Hey, observability friends. I’m Shelby. I joined Honeycomb back in March. This year I’m carrying the torch of our annual tradition, looking back at the Year Bee-hind Us. Cue up the Auld Lang Syne. This wasn’t easy to write. Everyone at Honeycomb has been affected by the events of this year: the pandemic plus lockdown, school closures, complete life upheaval. We’ve witnessed or directly experienced racist injustice, social unrest, and state violence.
Dec 28, 2020   |  By George Miranda
We’re here at last: the final days of 2020. Let’s take a look back at this year’s most popular Honeycomb blog posts.
Mar 4, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
Cloud-native and serverless technologies are gaining traction as organizations increasingly recognize the value of containers and Kubernetes in application development environments. As a result, the cloud-native ecosystem is growing at a healthy pace. In this topic spotlight, we take a look at the cloud-native landscape and discuss its impact on DevOps, application security and more. Some of the issues discussed during the webinar include.
Feb 8, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
Feb 8, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
Jan 22, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
There is a yawning gap opening up between the best and the rest — the elite top few percent of engineering teams are making incredible gains year over year in reliability and lack of technical drag forces, while the bottom 50% are losing ground. Take an engineer out of an elite-performing team and place them in the bottom 50%, and they become subpar too; take an engineer out of a mediocre team and embed them in an elite team, and they are pulling their weight within the year. I will share with you everything I know — everything that went into building a high-performing team at Honeycomb.
Jan 21, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
Six-minute Honeycomb Product demo with Nathan LeClaire
Jan 13, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
Do you know exactly what your builds are doing at every step of the way to prod and after they’ve been deployed? A key part of what lets you ship code to production often and quickly is having observability in your builds. Together, CircleCI and Honeycomb can help you get both speed and quality when shipping code to production. In this webinar, we’ll not only examine how CircleCI and Honeycomb work well together, we’ll also look at how Honeycomb used both products together to identify changes that impacted their build times and reduced them by 25%.
Dec 4, 2020   |  By Honeycomb
People with infrastructure experience and operational experience like “DevOps Engineer”, “SRE”, “Platform Engineer” have started to see those two skill sets diverge. It’s not very clear what that split means for these skilled technical people as they approach the next phase of their careers.
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.