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Top Monitoring Tools for DevOps Engineers and SREs

This blog post explores monitoring tools used by DevOps engineers and SREs to maintain IT infrastructure health and ensure service reliability. It covers the three main types of monitoring tools (network, server, application performance), factors to consider when choosing a tool, and provides a list of popular options including Prometheus and Zabbix.

The importance of incident management is also addressed, highlighting Squadcast as a tool that integrates with monitoring tools to streamline the incident resolution process. By combining monitoring and incident management, teams can effectively respond to issues and minimize downtime.

Overall, the blog emphasizes selecting the right tools to gather the necessary data for optimizing IT infrastructure performance and ensuring a positive user experience.

@squadcast shared a post, 2 days, 2 hours ago

Understanding SLOs, SLAs, and SLIs: Essential Metrics for Service Quality

This blog post explains the concepts of SLAs, SLOs, and SLIs, all of which are important for measuring and ensuring service quality.

SLI (Service Level Indicator): A measurable value that reflects how well a service is performing. Common examples include uptime, latency, error rate, and throughput.

SLO (Service Level Objective): A target value for an SLI. It essentially defines the desired level of service quality.

SLA (Service Level Agreement): A formal agreement between a service provider and its customers that outlines the service quality guarantees, often based on SLOs. SLAs typically involve penalties if the SLOs are not met.

The blog post also highlights the benefits of SLOs and provides best practices for implementing SLAs and SLOs. Some key takeaways include:

SLOs help teams collaborate and set measurable goals for service quality.

SLAs should be transparent and based on realistic SLOs.

It's better to start with simpler SLOs and gradually increase complexity.

Timing of outages can significantly impact customer satisfaction.

By understanding these concepts, organizations can establish a framework to deliver high-quality services and maintain a competitive edge.

@squadcast shared a post, 2 days, 2 hours ago

Scaling Site Reliability Engineering Teams the Right Way

This blog post discusses how to scale Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) teams effectively. It emphasizes that adding more people is not always the best solution and explores alternative methods such as utilizing SRE tools and improving processes.

The blog post highlights specific categories of SRE tools that can help teams handle more load, reduce errors and rework, eliminate certain tasks, and delegate work to other teams. It cautions against implementing these tools without a cost-benefit analysis as they can be expensive and disruptive.

When adding people to the team is necessary, the post advises on capacity planning including using data to project workload and considering the experience level of new hires. It also emphasizes the importance of building a diverse team with the right cultural fit.

@squadcast shared a post, 2 days, 2 hours ago

Reduce Alert Noise and Streamline Incident Management with Key-Based Deduplication

This blog post discusses how IT alerting software can be overloaded with redundant notifications, making it difficult to identify and resolve critical incidents. It introduces key-based deduplication as a solution to this problem. Key-based deduplication helps group similar alerts together based on user-defined criteria, reducing alert noise and allowing IT teams to prioritize effectively. The blog also explains the difference between key-based deduplication and alert deduplication rules, and provides a step-by-step guide for setting up key-based deduplication in Squadcast, an IT alerting software platform. Finally, it highlights the benefits of using key-based deduplication, including reduced alert noise, improved prioritization, optimized resource allocation, and mitigated alert fatigue.

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Forget your database exists! Leave it to Metis

As developers, we all strive to keep our systems in shape. We maintain them, we review metrics and logs, and we react to alerts. We do whatever it takes to make sure that our systems do not break, especially databases that are crucial to our applications. Wouldn’t it be great if there was no need to do the maintenance at all? Would you like to just have tools that could take care of your databases and let you forget that they exist altogether? Read on how to do that.

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