Owen Zanzal

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Published by Owen Zanzal on Jun 6, 2016 7:14:50 PM

Goodbye, Incidents. Hello, Alerts.

All VividCortex users, please repeat: “Goodbye, incidents. Hello, alerts.”

We’re changing the way that VividCortex tells you when you need to pay attention to a specific occurrence in your system. We recently phased out VividCortex’s “incidents” services, and the “incidents” section in our app’s UI is gone. This isn’t just a cosmetic change. We’re migrating the incident configurations into a whole new concept: alerts.

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Published by Owen Zanzal on Dec 16, 2015 4:14:02 PM

8 Reasons Why ChatOps Isn't Working At Your Company

About a year and half ago I published a blog post about ChatOps at VividCortex (if you’re unfamiliar with ChatOps, that original post still serves as a good primer). At the time, we were smitten with the new technology -- I wrote, “We are huge believers of ChatOps at VividCortex… GitHub’s implementation of ChatOps is amazing and has inspired me to spearhead ChatOpts within our office… ChatOps has really revolutionized how we operate.” In the months since, I've learned a lot about implementing ChatOps so that it functions as more than just an office toy. 

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Published by Owen Zanzal on May 22, 2015 8:09:00 AM

Consul for Cluster Health Monitoring

If you’re not familiar with Consul, it’s what I call a cluster management tool. It’s composed of a handful of features such as “Service Discovery”, “Key Value Store”, “DNS Server”, “Health Checking”, and it’s “Data Center Aware”. It ultimately allows you to manage an infrastructure composed of many applications, dynamically configure them, route traffic to the healthy ones, and reroute traffic away from those that are not healthy.

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Published by Owen Zanzal on Jun 2, 2014 7:57:00 AM

ChatOps At VividCortex

We are huge believers of ChatOps at VividCortex. If you are unfamiliar with the term “ChatOps”, it was coined by GitHub, and the core idea is simple: make common commands executable from within your company’s chatroom via a chatbot. (GitHub opensourced their chatbot Hubot.) This allows everyone in that room to see you execute those commands, making the commands immediately accessible. New hires learn commands by seeing current employees execute them regularly. These simple concepts turn out to be very powerful. GitHub’s implementation of ChatOps is amazing and has inspired me to spearhead ChatOpts within our office.

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