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4 Best Practices for Root Cause Analysis

As failures are a common part of any system’s lifecycle - what would be the Root Cause Analysis for this type of problem? If you build and deploy a system, there are high chances that you'll have to deal with a failure in the near future. However, what matters is how you handle such failures. As an organization, you need to have pre-formulated strategies to handle failures as and when they occur.

Kubernetes Basics: Clusters, Pods, and Nodes

Containerization and Kubernetes have taken the DevOps world by storm in the past decade. More and more companies have turned to this technology to enhance their deployment workflows and cut costs. Examples like Pokemon Go and OpenAI would not have been feasible without Kubernetes. While Kubernetes is a growing technology in the current times, it comes with a relatively steep learning curve.

Instrumenting Your Custom Application Code with OpenTelemetry

Application Monitoring, or Application Tracing, is an important piece of Observability within your application and stack. Application tracing involves installing an API and/or SDK in your application which then instruments, or wraps your application code with other code that measures the time spent in certain areas of your code, and adds important contextual information to the traces.

The Real Benefits of HTTP Monitoring for Businesses

HTTP is one of the most popularly used protocols on the internet. Most user-facing applications expose HTTP APIs or apps of some form. The HTTP protocol is the basis for the World Wide Web or the tangible, visible part of the internet. However, you can also utilize this technology to test the performance and availability of your web apps.

Best PHP Monitoring Tools on the Market

As of April 2022, more than 75% of the internet comprises websites made using PHP (source). That is to say, three out of four websites on the internet have been developed using PHP! That is huge! With that many PHP web applications on the web, there need to be systems that can automatedly keep track of how they respond to the hundreds of thousands of clients connecting worldwide.

A Primer on Cloud Architecture

The cloud is growing more and more popular each day. We are in an era where there is a prominent trend of companies migrating from traditional on-premise systems to more reliable and fast cloud-based systems. However, the conversion is still not rampant on a large scale, primarily due to the lack of awareness in the up-and-coming businesses about the cloud’s fundamentals. However, the cloud has proven to be a sound and worthy option time and time again.

Application Performance Monitoring vs Application Performance Observability

You’ve likely heard the term Observability lately. There’s a fundamental change taking place in the Monitoring space, and Observability is behind it. Observability itself is a broad topic, so in this post we’ll talk about what it means to move from Application Performance Monitoring to Application Performance Observability.

OpenTelemetry Collector - What Is It?

Before we dive into the Collector, let’s cover the components that make up the OpenTelemetry project. If you missed it, our post What is OpenTelemetry gives a high level introduction to OpenTelemetry and the key components of OpenTelemetry project: The OpenTelemetry collector is optional when using a SaaS service like Scout. Even so, knowing what the Collector can do and when to use it is helpful to understand.

What is Cloud-Native Monitoring?

Cloud and cloud-based technologies are at their peak today. More and more organizations are turning to intelligent architectures and systems to deploy their apps. And they are not wrong—the cloud has proven to be a great way of performance optimization and cost-cutting. However, there are issues to address with this growing trend. One of those is monitoring. Monitoring is a vital part of application maintenance.

Top Infrastructure Monitoring Tools and Best Practices

As more and more organizations adopt cloud-native technologies, the need to align business objectives and end-user experience with IT infrastructure’s availability and performance is ever-growing. This trend requires infrastructure monitoring setups to ensure that all of your systems are active and working together across your cloud environments, host operating systems, storage systems, etc.