Stray Bits from my DevOpsDays Roma Talk

2012-10-08 09:15:01 by jdixon

A few stray bits of information following my presentation at DevOpsDays Roma.

The talk has received a ton of positive feedback from everyone. The slides in particular have been getting a ton of redistribution on Twitter. I'm not sure if this is a sign that my deck is that much better than the actual talk, but whatever. I'm glad that people are finding it useful and/or informative.

I also want to take a moment to thank some of the people who inspired or outright directly influenced the concept of the "event stream model". Much of what was discussed in the presentation was the result of months of work and shared pain with my colleagues at Heroku. In particular, Mark McGranaghan, an utterly brilliant engineer and someone who left a lasting influence on the way I view monitoring. And I'd be remiss to mention all of my former Heroku Ops engineers who had their own fingerprints on this vision: Mark Imbriaco, Ricardo Chimal Jr., Michael Gorsuch, Michael Hale, Curt Micol and Doug Mitchell.

Update: Theo Schlossnagle kindly reminded me that my event stream model diagram shares a lot of similarities with Reconnoiter. He's absolutely right; the idea that metrics should be a first class citizen of any monitoring architecture is definitely something that he instilled in me early on during our work on Reconnoiter and Circonus. It was a huge oversight on my part not to credit him accordingly.

One of the more popular tweets immediately following the talk was John Willis' summary of how I classified various open source monitoring tools as Good, Adequate, or Bad. I hope that anyone who read this tweet went so far as to read the notes for the slides that this was extrapolated from. It's important that readers understand the context behind my overly subjective ratings. All of the projects I mention are very successful and deserve thoughtful consideration before dismissing them out of hand.

On a lighter note, I've had a few questions about the image on the scond-to-last slide. The original Keynote presentation contained the full animated gif of this meme-worthy moment from Karl Stefanovic of the Today show in Australia. Unfortunately, exporting the slide deck to PDF meant you're only getting the first frame of the image. To correct this oversight, I present to you the full image in all its glorious awesomeness:

Yeah. Fuck yeah.


at 2012-10-08 14:04:53, Rajan Bhatt wrote in to say...

Excellent presentation. I believe that real time Metrics collection as a stream passing through Complex Event Processing engine to derive temporal and correlation with other Metrics stream garner higher order value

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