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Effective Monitoring and Alerting: For Web Operations

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  12 reviews
With this practical book, you'll discover how to catch complications in your distributed system before they develop into costly problems. Based on his extensive experience in systems ops at large technology companies, author Slawek Ligus describes an effective data-driven approach for monitoring and alerting that enables you to maintain high availability and deliver a high ...more
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Published November 26th 2012 by O'Reilly Media (first published November 22nd 2012)
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Ieva Gr
Was it easy to read: Not really. The ideas weren’t complex. But they were somehow formulated in a technical manner that made me re-read a lot of sentences to finally understand them.

What I liked about it: That it gives some practical, actionable tips e.g. on plotting and understanding graphs (the typical quantities metrics represent, summary statistics best fit for those quantities), setting up alerts, calculating thresholds. Also I think this book really shows how mature monitoring culture shou
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huydx
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short book, but the book comes with some useful information and some best practice of building effective monitoring system.
Romain
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: c_s_ops
A short note about this book I used in my work. First of all two good points. The first is that it deals with monitoring, alerting and reporting in general, that is to say independently of the tools used. This is both a strong point and a weak point since it could be useful to identify families of tools adapted to each use. This step back is not so common and allows to introduce higher level concepts, for example the organization of the monitoring in stacks which is absolutely crucial but also n ...more
Daniel
Jul 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Craig Demyanovich
Something about the writing style made it hard to stay interested along the way. It might have been that I felt like was so often reading that an idea was about to broken down into a number of smaller components. Some long chapters didn't help, either.

Another gripe is a large number of grammatical errors. The editor(s) should've done a better job with these.

In the printed book, the graphs and figures were often very hard to read. The colors used were hard to distinguish compared to the PDF or eb
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Mark McGranaghan
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A very solid overview of monitoring and alerting for online services. The book covers both the engineering aspects of setting up and configuring monitors and alerts as well as the management aspects of collecting data over time, using it to implement continuous improvement, etc.

I appreciated that the book covered monitoring and alerting in general and wasn't specific to a particular system or toolchain.

Highly recommended for both beginners and experienced engineers dealing with monitoring and al
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Leandro López
Good introduction to monitoring. Lacks some real examples

I was expecting a bit more examples from this book, both technical and non-technical. Still it's a very good introduction to monitoring and alerting, but I don't know if I would recommend it to someone that's starting on the subject.
Jacek
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Practical book however not so accurate right now (2017). This technology is not updated, was replaced with other projects which are not covered in this book.

However can give you a strong background about what monitoring is and should be, what kind of types we can use and for what purposes
Dmitry
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Did you know there is solid theoretical background behind monitoring (sufficient for couple of PhD work)? I didnt, but it actually is, and the book proves it.
Charles Baker
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Filled my head with awesome ideas. Now to implement some!
Goncalo
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
great intro to the subject
Stein Karlsen
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Great overview over monitoring and alerting, giving specific points to watch out for.
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