Podcast: Play in new window | Download
An alert is a signal of problematic application behavior. When something unusual happens to your application, an alert can bring that anomaly to your attention. In order to detect unusual events, you need to define the norm.
In order to define both normal and problematic behavior, you need metrics. Metrics are measurements of the behavior in your application. Metrics get created from logs and other data. These high volumes of data get aggregated and collected into easily digestible metrics. This aggregation process that reduces data to metrics is often called a “metrics pipeline.”
Clement Pang is the chief architect of Wavefront, a company that builds metrics and alerting software for enterprises such as Box and Lyft. Clement joins the show to discuss how enterprises use alerting and metrics and how to build a company around metrics and alerting–including the data engineering involved in constructing a metrics pipeline.
We have done many other shows about monitoring and DevOps. Download the Software Engineering Daily app for iOS to hear all of our old episodes, and easily discover new topics that might interest you. You can upvote the episodes you like and get recommendations based on your listening history. With 600 episodes, it is hard to find the episodes that appeal to you, and we hope the app helps with that.
The iOS app is the first project to come out of the Software Engineering Daily Open Source Project. There are more projects on the way, and we are looking for contributors–if you want to help build a better SE Daily experience, check out github.com/softwareengineeringdaily. We are working on an Android app, the iOS app, a recommendation system, and a web frontend. Help us build a new way to consume software engineering content at github.com/softwareengineeringdaily.