What Should I Monitor?

Posted by Baron Schwartz on Oct 14, 2013 9:40:00 AM

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I presented today at the Velocity conference in New York. The title was “What Should I Monitor, And How Should I Do It?”

Although we’re working at VividCortex to implement some of the ideas in this talk in our database performance management solution, this is a personal topic for me, not a promotional tactic for VividCortex. I care a lot because I, and many of my friends, are in the operations industry, and are suffering because of what we call “monitoring tools.” I don’t think it has to be this way — I think we can envision, design, and build tools that are much better. And we should. Not just in commercial tools, but in open-source as well. We need not just one implementation of these ideas, but many.

Here’s hoping that we (as an industry and profession) start working on something truly better, not just health-checks and time-series metrics all over again for the Nth time.

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