Author: James Paden

Server & Application Monitoring Pricing Comparison: Instrumental, New Relic, Datadog, Librato, and SignalFx

Confused about the price of an application and server monitoring tool? So were we! Every tool is priced differently and there are a lot of nuances. We’ll walk you through important terminology differences, the pros and cons of different plans, and then discuss the pricing details for Librato, New Relic, SignalFX, Datadog, and of course, Instrumental. Read More

Best Practices for Deprecating and Removing an API

Why removing an API the right way is important

A few weeks ago, our alert klaxons started blaring (alert notifications – we don’t really have klaxons, but maybe we should). We had a massive spike in failed background jobs. With the scale of data processing at Instrumental, a few minutes of background jobs is potentially hundreds of millions of data points. 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:

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