SignalFx Microservices APM Now Delivers Unified, AI-Driven Application Monitoring and Troubleshooting

Distributed tracing has become popular in recent times as the preferred way to troubleshoot complex problems in diverse, microservice-based applications. And for good reason: distributed traces give DevOps teams end-to-end visibility into user requests (transactions) as they flow through an application and interact with individual services. But one area where distributed tracing is largely underutilized is the monitoring of service availability and performance.

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What is Synthetic Monitoring?

Organizations depend on fully functioning IT systems and processes to attract customers, deliver services and manage internal operations. The operation of these systems and processes directly impacts the business and reputation of each organization. Ensuring that all IT systems and processes are fully functional 24×7 is a key component of any organization’s IT performance management strategy. This is where synthetic monitoring comes in.


How to apply index lifecycle management policies to APM data in Elasticsearch

Index lifecycle management (ILM) was made generally available in Elasticsearch in 6.7. It enables you to define how your indices should be managed as they age, ranging from hot indices which are actively updated and queried, to cold indices which are no longer updated and seldom queried. Index management actions can be defined on various factors, such as time, shard size, and performance requirements. APM Server built in support for ILM in 7.2, and applies ILM by default starting with 7.3.


Slowdown is the New Outage (SINTO)

With 'Orange Is The New Black' (OITNB) wrapping its final season, let's reclaim the title formula 'x is the new y' with SINTO. This post explores tracing, monitoring, observability and business awareness. By understanding the difference in these four methods, you'll be ready to drive agile applications, gain funding for lowering technical debt, and focus on customer retention.


Stay in-the-know: Introducing the Performance Matters newsletter

As you’re juggling deployments, writing code, and attending meetings there’s not a great deal of time left for staying up to date with the latest trends in tech. The culture around performance is getting stronger — performance is absolutely a feature, yet the pressure is on to deliver more without sacrificing quality. The good news is that there are companies who have achieved their performance goals — and more.