One of the best parts about running a service devoted to monitoring is that we get to talk to lots of folks near and dear to our hearts: System Administrators. When we do, we tell them about our Instrumental Tools monitoring software, that lets them start capturing server metrics in seconds. Read More
At Instrumental, we use a lot of AWS’s services, and sometimes we find its dark corners. S3 had some downtime today, limited to the region us-standard. There hasn’t been a public post-mortem yet, but we’d like to share why we switched away from it and why you should, too.
Many teams use us-standard as their default region. Read More
As “The Cloud” continues to assert itself as the primary way companies manage their technology infrastructure, it’s worth asking if the software you need to monitor that infrastructure should change to match. In most cases the answer is yes, but maybe not in the way you’re expecting.
The biggest difference between traditional data center infrastructure and the cloud is flexibility. Read More
Here’s a pro-tip for you when you record metrics on Instrumental: anything that can be a
gauge, should be a
Why is that? You can use the Instrumental Query Language to get
increment data, because we record the number of times we receive your
Let’s say you’re recording the time it takes to complete one request on your server when a user signs up, but you also want to know how often that is happening. Read More
Graphs Are Easier to Share
You can now copy and paste any graph URL, and be sure that when someone clicks it they’ll see the same thing as you. This always worked once you’d saved a graph, but now we continuously update the URL for every graph. This means you can share a graph as soon as you create it without cluttering up your project. Read More
Timely and relevant alerts are a key component of effective application monitoring, and we’ve done a lot of work recently to improve our alerts. Let’s dig in and talk about the improvements we’ve made!
The first thing you’re likely to notice are the improvements to your alerts configuration page.
From here, you’ll see a list of all your alerts. Read More
Deciding what to measure is hard, and even daunting at first. There’s a ton of code in your project and you don’t want to just slap a gaggle of useless metrics in there. Your measurement should mean something, dammit! On the other hand, it would be nice if it didn’t take forever to get started
Don’t worry – getting started doesn’t have to take forever. Read More
Instrumental is about to get a brand new look! For the last few months we’ve been hard at work on a modern, intuitive, and easier UI. We’ll be rolling it out to users over the next few weeks, but we wanted to give you a sneak peek now.
New Time Selector
We merged the resolution and duration dropdowns into a single global control. Read More
We use Instrumental to track all kinds of things. Many of them are about server and app performance, like latency, queue response time, and disk utilization. But we also have graphs for other kinds of monitoring. This series explores some of our more interesting graphs.
We acquired Gauges in January. Since then, we’ve reworked the server architecture, moved data centers, increased performance, updated the interface for retina displays, rethought our marketing…and that’s just what we’ve shipped so far! Read More
We’ve added two new features to make the query language even better – a new wildcard operator that doesn’t match metric children, and a method for adding a constant value to any graph.
1) ? wildcard operator.
This wildcard operator is basically the same as * except that it will never match a dot. Read More