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Dec 4, 2018   |  By Nikolay Sivko
We migrated all of our services to Kubernetes about six months ago. At first glance, the task seemed quite simple: deploy a cluster, write application specifications, and that’s it. But, since we’re obsessed with stability, we nevertheless had to learn how k8s works under pressure, so we tested multiple failure scenarios. Most of the questions that arose were network related. One particular point of concern was how Kubernetes Services function.
Oct 15, 2018   |  By Pavel Trukhanov
As I wrote in my previous article “USE, RED and real world PgBouncer monitoring” there are some nice commands in PgBouncer’s admin interface that allow to collect stats how things going and spot problems, if you know where to look. This post is about new stats added in these commands in new PgBouncer versions.
Sep 25, 2018   |  By Pavel Trukhanov
Brendan Gregg’s USE (Utilization, Saturation, Errors) method for monitoring is quite known. There are even some monitoring dashboard templates shared on the Internet. There’s also Tom Wilkie’s RED (Rate, Errors, Durations) method, which is suggested to be better suited to monitor microservices than USE. We, at okmeter.io, recently updated our PgBouncer monitoring plugin and while doing that we’ve tried to comb everything and we used USE and RED as frameworks to do so.
Sep 3, 2018   |  By Pavel Trukhanov
Any changes to a Postgresql database first of all are saved in Write-Ahead log, so they will never get lost. Only after that actual changes are made to the data in memory pages (in so called buffer cache) and these pages are marked dirty — meaning they need to be synced to disk later.
Aug 27, 2018   |  By Pavel Trukhanov
A year ago we’ve added SMART metrics collection to our monitoring agent that collects disk drive attributes on clients servers. So here a couple of interesting cases from the real world.