Category: Product News

Amazon Kinesis: the best event queue you’re not using

Instrumental receives a lot of raw data, upwards of 1,000,000 metrics per second. Because of this, we’ve always used an event queue to aggregate the data before we permanently store it.

Before switching to AWS Kinesis, this aggregation was based on many processes writing to AWS Simple Queue Service (SQS) with a one-at-a-time reader that would aggregate data, then push it into another SQS queue, where multiple readers would store the data in MongoDB.

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Monitoring for Docker, MongoDB, Redis and more!

Today, we’re launching InstrumentalD as a major upgrade and replacement of Instrumental Tools. Since 2011, Instrumental Tools has provided a system metrics daemon and a powerful plugin framework to write custom scripts for service monitoring.

While the ability to write fully custom service monitoring in a language of your choice is an important feature (and we’re keeping the plugin framework!), InstrumentalD includes out-of-the-box service monitoring for the following:

  1. Docker
  2. MySQL
  3. Memcached
  4. MongoDB
  5. Nginx
  6. PostgreSQL
  7. Redis
  8. (and more to come)

For each service, we’ve selected the critical metrics everyone should be monitoring, and we list each metric sent in the service documentation page. 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

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

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

Instrumental Feature Update: Query Language and API

When we started Instrumental, we knew that one of the big features we wanted to include was a way to interactively query the data you sent us; whether you wanted to view how many times you sent us the data, the top 25 metrics in a given group, or only graph the logarithm of a value, we knew that there was a lot more to your data than just showing you the average. Read More