Upgraded Time Navigation

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Today we’re launching a big upgrade to Instrumental’s time navigation. Before, Instrumental always showed data relative to now, and graphs would always update with new data. That’s great for every-day use. But sometimes, like during incident investigation and root cause analysis, it’s really useful to look at specific start/end dates and times. Read More

How to Monitor a Background Job Queue: Age vs Depth

Many developers analyze background job queues too simply: queues are either too full (bad) or mostly empty (good). This is a dangerous perspective, especially at scale. To get the full picture of your queue’s health, you need to measure both queue depth and job age.

Queue depth is the common metric for measuring a queue’s health. Read More

New Features: Read-Only Users + Multiple Admins

We’ve recently added two features that will make it easier for you to manage user roles across your organization.

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You can now invite users with read-only permissions. They’ll be able to see all graphs, metrics, and alerts, but not create, edit or delete them. This role is perfect for trusted partners and less-technical team members (like your CEO). Read More

What does monitoring aggregation and resolution mean?

When looking for a new APM tool, you’ll want to closely consider the following options:

  • Aggregation
  • Resolution
  • Data Storage

Instrumental aggregates all data to a 60 second resolution. We store that data for at least 13 months. Let’s break that down:

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Aggregation is what we do with data points sent to us more frequently than once per time period. Read More

A New, Better Project Navigation

Today we’re launching a much improved project navigation.

We used to show all your projects in the sidebar, but that got pretty unruly if you had many projects. Starting today, the sidebar only includes your favorited projects (plus the current project, of course.) How do you favorite projects? Check out the new Instrumental navigation menu! Read More

How we used Pressable to host our WordPress Blog in a Subdirectory

We’re firm believers that developers at product companies should focus on core business problems. We try to off-load the development, and maintenance, of most non-product related technology to a cloud provider. For example, just as we’d suggest you let Instrumental handle your application monitoring, we would rather let someone else host and maintain our WordPress blog. Read More

Why your Monitoring must be Cloud-First

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

How Time Series Data Can Serve More Than One Purpose

Here’s a pro-tip for you when you record metrics on Instrumental: anything that can be a gauge, should be a gauge.

Why is that? You can use the Instrumental Query Language to get increment data, because we record the number of times we receive your gauge calls.

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