Best practices for alerting

“Use the Artificial Intelligence”, it is not a Jedi Trick. Old School monitoring. I have worked on many accounts where Dynatrace replaced tools such as Nagios and Solarwinds. Basically, what we call “first-generation”…
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Crashing IBM Notes: Auto-Root Cause Detection with Dynatrace at NYCM

Over the last couple of weeks, Chad Turner from NYCM allowed me to share several internal success stories they had when applying Dynatrace for different Ops Use Cases. If you want to catch up on some of them check out Supporting IT help desk,…
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Davis is monitoring how many dependencies per problem?

We often refer to the cloud being complex, and that the sheer volume of dependencies has reached a scale that no human can possibly understand. As a result, it’s very difficult to articulate just how much of a scale we are talking. You’ll…
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Extending Dynatrace

Dynatrace monitors your full stack and offers you thousands of metrics with almost zero configuration. Just a single OneAgent per host is required to collect all relevant monitoring data, all the way down to specific lines of code. However,…
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How to fine tune failure detection

Failure detection with services When I work with customers, I usually get their requirements to alert on failures. This is especially true when Dynatrace replaces an older generation of monitoring software. Typically, these products rely on…
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Optimizing DynamoDB Access Patterns to avoid Performance Impact

Our Dynatrace DevOps team is not only using Dynatrace to monitor the Dynatrace Clusters we run for our customers in the public cloud, but they have also developed a set of tools that help them in their day-to-day work. In my quest to share more…
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App in a Box – Part 4 – OneAgent to rule them all through Software Intelligence

Agent-based Monitoring In this series, we have been reviewing the various approaches to enterprise application monitoring and their cost-benefit analysis.  If you haven’t read the previous posts regarding logs, infrastructure or the…
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Application logs: How Dish Network leverages Log Analytics to resolve performance incidents

The importance of integrating log data with performance metrics and events Earlier this year we spoke a lot at Perform 2018 about the importance of integrating troubleshooting information contained in application logs with measurements, events,…
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Automatically map your ServiceNow CMDB

Managing a configuration management database (CMDB) in today’s highly dynamic environments can be a challenge. Do you know how to keep track of all the movement inside these new environments, as well as keep track of those making new applications…
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What’s behind the dashboard? The perils of build-it-yourself monitoring.

As organizations are building their new multi-cloud, microservice and container-based stack, we see some of them attempt a build-it-yourself monitoring approach. This may involve open source tools, commercial solutions, home-grown software,…