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Published by Baron Schwartz on Jul 30, 2018 1:47:27 PM

What is Cardinality in Monitoring?

I wrote a couple of “definitions and nuances” posts about terminology in databases recently (cardinality, selectivity), and today I want to write one about cardinality in monitoring, as opposed to cardinality in databases. If you’ve seen discussions of “high-cardinality dimensions” or “observability requires support for high-cardinality fields” this is what we’re talking about today. So what does it mean?

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Published by Samantha Toet on Jul 10, 2018 12:43:04 PM

VividCortex Welcomes Amena Ali as CEO

Exciting news: today we announced the appointment of Amena Ali as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors. Company founder Baron Schwartz will now assume the role of Chief Technology Officer. “I am proud of the product and culture we’ve built,” said Baron. “I’ve always believed that the keys to a rewarding career are being challenged, making a meaningful impact, and working with delightful people. Amena joins at the perfect time to scale the company and team, while I redouble my focus on our customers and the product vision for the next wave of monitoring needs.”

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Published by Baron Schwartz on Jul 6, 2018 12:11:30 PM

What is Cardinality in a Database?

Databases have a lot of jargon, and cardinality is one of those words that experienced people tend to forget that they didn’t know once upon a time. But if you don’t know it—and it takes a while to really get comfortable with cardinality—it’s super confusing when the DBA just drops it into the middle of a sentence without slowing down! Fear not: I’ve got you, as they say.

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Published by Samantha Toet on Jun 28, 2018 1:24:31 PM

How NOT to Monitor Your Database

Do you have experience putting out backend database fires? What were some things you wished you had done differently? Proactive database monitoring is more cost efficient, manageable, and sanity-saving than reactive monitoring. We reviewed some of the most common mistakes - too many log messages, metric “melting pots,” retroactive changes, incomplete visibility, undefined KPIs - and put together an action plan on how to prevent them. From our experience, we've listed out the top 5 biggest (and preventable!) database monitoring pitfalls.

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Published by Samantha Toet on Jun 19, 2018 10:33:33 AM

VividCortex & Grafana: Better Together

Many of our customers have asked us to integrate with Grafana, the popular open platform for analytics and monitoring. The wait is over: we’ve released a plugin that lets you retrieve and display VividCortex metrics in your own Grafana dashboard. With this integration, you can combine metrics and dashboards from all of your systems and tools into a single source of truth that your team is already familiar with, giving them the ability to explore and use VividCortex’s data without having to learn a new tool.

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Published by Samantha Toet on Jun 1, 2018 4:26:17 PM

Monitor Critical Databases Confidently with the Sensitive Data Vault

Building extremely deep monitoring as a SaaS product has a drawback: we capture too much data for some customers’ compliance requirements. As a result, some companies have been unable to deploy us, or have had to redact data before sending it to our cloud platform. To address this, we built the Sensitive Data Vault, a highly secure, completely on-premises storage module for the most critically private data that must never leave the customer’s firewall.

 

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