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An answer to the alert storm: introducing Team View Alerts

Posted by Joey Compeer on Jul 18, 2016 3:42:28 PM

 

As a Dev or Ops it’s hard to focus on the things that really matter. Applications, systems, tools and other environments are generating notifications at a frequency and amount greater than you are able to deal with. It's a problem for every Dev and Ops professional.

 

Alerts are used to identify trends, spikes or dips in your metrics and events – for example to detect low free memory, high page-fault errors or unavailable database servers. With the right alerts in place you can get notifications or signals of problems before they escalate or respond quickly before it takes a business service down which could affect your customers.

 

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Topics: Product, Dev/Ops, ITSM

StackState a Gold Sponsor at DevOpsDays Amsterdam 2016

Posted by Joey Compeer on Jun 29, 2016 8:47:44 PM


StackState is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the DevOpsDays Amsterdam 2016. The conference will be held June 29 – July 1, 2016 at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam.
 

 

DevOpsDays Amsterdam gathers IT professionals for three days of discussions, presentations, product demos, and open dialogue aimed at furthering the concepts of DevOps within the community. 

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Topics: News, Dev/Ops

The model behind a dynamic real time IT blueprint

Posted by Mark Bakker on Jun 23, 2016 2:55:17 PM

 

StackState captures topology info, telemetry info and log info and combines that into a real time model of your IT stack.

 

The StackState real time model

StackState is designed to manage complex IT stacks with millions of constantly changing components to handle today’s complex environments. In modern enterprises DevOps practices, micro services architectures and containers are common. The StackState platform is designed to handle millions of concurrent data streams, which are automatically correlated with the corresponding components and business services.

 

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Topics: Product, Dev/Ops, ITSM

Are all those IT Ops tools driving you crazy?

Posted by Mark Bakker on Feb 22, 2016 4:42:56 PM

 

Every IT Ops should know about sizing, utilization, about monitoring, metrics, provisioning and knowing every single thing what's going on inside the datacenter. To understand the big picture you need to jump from tool to tool and try to consolidate all the available information. Can you still see the wood for the trees?

 

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Topics: Dev/Ops, ITSM

The Perfect IT Ops World

Posted by Joey Compeer on Feb 10, 2016 4:59:15 PM

 

Imagine a perfect IT Ops world far far away from Earth. A world where IT Ops live happily together and where they dominate the world. Could you imagine this? Here are 10 points we think you will see in this perfect IT Ops world. 

 

1. No more answering support emails.

 

 

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Topics: Dev/Ops

"Something is technically wrong" #TwitterDown

Posted by Joey Compeer on Jan 21, 2016 1:53:43 PM

 

‘Something is technically wrong’. That’s what Twitter said on Tuesday morning January 19 2016. Millions of Twitter users all over the world were blocked from the social network. How could this outage happen?

 

According to DownDetector, a site that tracks internet sites and mobile apps in real time, users were experiencing the most trouble with Twitter’s website, smartphone app and tablet apps. Also third-partyservices, such as TweetDeck, were intermittently unavailable. It turns out that Twitter experienced an issue ‘related to an internal code change’ that caused the outage for a long time. On Tuesday afternoon, Twitter said they reverted the change, which fixed the issue.

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Topics: Dev/Ops, ITSM

Autonomy (in Dev/Ops tooling) does not equate loss of control

Posted by Mark Bakker on Aug 25, 2015 11:24:00 AM

 

Why are organizations moving to a Dev/Ops model of working?

In my opinion there is one main driver for this:

Bringing dev and ops (and – if possible – the business) together in a team helps the team to focus on their contribution to a specific business function in the company. There is no more need for specialization in the sense that the teams only do things based on specific technologies. Dev/Ops teams will now be able to really focus on business value. First this helps companies to become more agile and lean while constantly removing bottlenecks. Secondly Dev/Ops teams can make their part of the business work as smoothly as possible.

Having said so, how important is it that teams have the ability to support their part of the business chain? Should they all use the same kind of tools between different teams, just because there is some architect which tells them so? Or should they have their freedom in choosing the technologies/products their need to support their acquirements in the way they think is best?

 

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Topics: Dev/Ops

The Monitoring Maturity Model explained

Posted by Mark Bakker on Aug 11, 2015 8:59:00 AM

 

The pace of change is increasing. Component sizes are shrinking. All the while monitoring solutions are bombarding us with log data, metrics, status reports and alerts. It all scales, but we don’t. How do we prevent from drowning in run-time data?

 

A lot of companies are facing the same problem. They have such a huge amount of data, but can’t get a total unified overview. When problems occur in their IT stack, they don’t know where it originates. Was it a change, an overload, an attack or something else? Based on our experience, we created the Monitoring Maturity Model. At which level is your company now?

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Topics: Dev/Ops, ITSM

Preventing surprises with a realtime visual model of the IT Stack

Posted by Lodewijk Bogaards on Jul 7, 2015 12:11:00 PM
 

Getting a change approved is hard even if it makes the system more stable
 
As an engineer, again and again I’ve found myself in this position: explaining why some company should invest in rebuilding or refactoring some set of components that at that time do not seem to cause any problems. These discussions were never easy, sometimes near impossible. I remember a frustrated engineer asking me how I got a change approved that he had been calling out for for years. Of course there is a whole lot you can do to get peoples’ attention, but the simplest way is by being in a position for it. The more respect you get from colleagues the more likely you will have influence.

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Topics: Dev/Ops

Smart IT monitoring and root cause analysis needs big data

Posted by Mark Bakker on Jun 26, 2015 12:30:00 PM

 

Our big data engine is ready. We are on track to change the way IT departments work and manage their IT operations.

 

To understand what happens in an IT stack, we need good in-depth data. And as we all know, we gather this data through all kind of systems. We monitor, measure and analyze how software applications perform, which new deployments we did, the changes we made in our architecture or the issues we have and are trying to solve. All these pieces together are part of a big jigsaw puzzle. And when you add business processes, services and infrastructure components including their dependencies and states, you get what we call Full Stack Chain Monitoring. Having a single real-time unified overview is an interesting approach since it gives insights to devop teams, architects or IT services managers how healthy their (part of) the stack is. And it is a great tool for root cause analysis since it immediately shows where actual failures or services interruptions originate from.

 

The next step is storing all this knowledge in a big database for IT operation analytics.

 

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Topics: Dev/Ops

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