Observability in the Cambrian Stack Era

Charity Majors, Honeycomb


Distributed systems, microservices, automation and orchestration, multiple persistence layers, containers and schedulers... today's infrastructure is a Cambrian explosion of novelty and complexity. How is a humble engineer to make sense of it all? That's where observability comes in: engineering your systems to be understandable, explorable, and self-explanatory. Let's talk about what modern tooling is for complex systems and how to bootstrap a culture of observability.

Charity Majors, Honeycomb

CEO/cofounder of honeycomb.io. Previously ran operations at Parse/Facebook, managing a massive fleet of MongoDB replica sets as well as Redis, Cassandra, and MySQL. Worked closely with the RocksDB team at Facebook to develop and roll out the world's first Mongo+Rocks deployment using the pluggable storage engine API. Likes single malt scotch; kind of a snob about it.

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@conference {201881,
author = {Charity Majors},
title = {Observability in the Cambrian Stack Era},
year = {2017},
address = {San Francisco, CA},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = mar

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