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

Improvements to Graph Behavior

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

Updates to Alerts and Bug Fixes

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

The Super-Fast Quick-Start Guide to Monitoring the Right Things in Your Application.

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

Introducing the New Instrumental Interface

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

How We Use Instrumental: Tracking Feature Usage

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

Instrumental Query Language Updated

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

Graph Grouping

Our new graph grouping feature is live! We’re super excited about this update – groups have been one of our most requested features, and it’s already making our lives easier. Let’s take a look at how you can use it!

Creating a new group from your dashboard is easy:

Creating a new group of graphs

After creating a new group and giving it a useful name, you can move a graph to your group like so:

Adding a graph to a group

Graphs added to a group will disappear from your default dashboard view. Read More

How to Monitor User Visible Errors

Your application is going to break. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but it will happen. Data centers fail, worker boxes get saturated and disks run out of storage. It happens to the best applications.

You’ve probably got a good handle on catastrophic server failure. Smart developers keep a watchful eye on their infrastructure, and we know you’re smart. Read More