Visualizing UK accident data with Logscape

In my ever onward quest to show to the world how easy it is to get up and started with Logscape, today I’m going to use a Logscape docker container in order to build visualisations based off some publicly available CSV files in no time at all. If you’ve never used the Logscape docker image, then check out my previous blog.

Today we’re going to be analysing data made available via the gov.uk website, which offers statistics for crashes in the UK for the year of 2015. The specific dataset is available for download here.

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Welcoming a new NGINX and Apache app.

For a long time, we’ve had the web app available on our app repository – This covers Nginx, Apache and a whole host of other formats, and whilst functional, it hasn’t been touched in a long time, so it looks a little bit less than pretty.

Given the popularity of Apache and NGINX, and the fact they both use the same out of the box log format, we’re going to give them a dedicated app, and a brand new look.

We’re hoping this works out for everyone. If you’re currently using the existing web app you can continue to do so. But if you’re specifically running NGINX or Apache, and want a change of pace, then read on.

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30 Seconds of reading, hours of watching – 10 monitoring talks everyone should see

Here at Logscape it should go without saying that monitoring is sort of a big deal. Some would even go as far as to say it’s even our “thing”. To go with that we’ve collated a collection, of what we think might be the best 10 monitoring talks people should watch. Regardless of whether you’re looking to implement a logging tool, build your own or are just a developer, these talks are worth the time.

Monitoring at Spotify – When things go ping in the night. – by Martin Parm

This non-tech talk covers how logging at Spotify has adapted over the years. From the days where monitoring what just a gleam in the developer’s eyes, to the months where operations slept restlessly fearing the inevitable phone call, to the current day monitoring system which act as caretakers to the infrastructure responsible for streaming hundreds of thousands of tracks a day.

Metrics, Metrics everywhere – by Coda Hale

Digging back into the archives, we have Coda Hale’s talk from 2011. While you may think it’s dated, and irrelevant by todays standards. Coda covers some topics which will simply never get old.

Monitoring is Dead. Long Live Monitoring. – by Greg Poirier

Greg Poirer thinks it’s time we stop viewing its metrics in isolation and declare things alive or dead. In this laid back high-energy talk, he covers his opinion on the definition of monitoring, with only a few jabs at DevOps. A must watch.

Better living through statistics. Monitoring doesn’t have to suck. – by Jamie Wilkinson

Jamie Wilkinson goes over what he believes to be the problems in how we currently monitor, and how we can get rid of these problems so that everyone can benefit from logging. A great talk that discusses why our current logs simply aren’t precise enough.

 

The art of performance monitoring. – by Brian Smith

Brian Smith covers the mistakes that he’s made, and the mistakes he keeps seeing developers making. For a 25 minute talk the sheer quantity of technical ideas conveyed in this talk is impressive, but not for the faint of heart.

What should I monitor, and how should I do it? – by Baron Schwartz

In this talk, Baron criticises our approach to monitoring, which is to just stare at a graph and attempt to determine what’s gone wrong. Baron highlights the importance of not just collecting data, but collecting actional data.

Creating a Culture of Observability. – by Cory Watson

Taking a leaf out of the Spotify playbook, this talk covers the culture around logging, rather than logging itself. It’s Cory’s own story of how after joining Strike he managed to instil a culture of observability and monitoring. You’ll hear about his journey towards that goal, with the good, the bad and the downright sneaky.

How monitoring works at scale. – by Ran Leibman

Facebook manage to claim another spot on this top list, this time discussing the challenge which is monitoring the huge amount of infrastructure that make up Facebook around the world. Most companies dont have to monitor on this scale, which leaves an obvious questions, “How exactly do you?”.

The evolution of monitoring systems at google. – by Tom Rippy

Following in the steps of Facebook, Google returns for its second spot in the list. Much like the Spotify talk above, Tony Rippy aims to walk us through the progression of monitoring at Google, and includes some facts that you just wouldn’t believe about the now Tech-Giant.Tony wasn’t present for the whole of this history, but it’s portrayed in a fun and interesting way, which demonstrate whilst your current monitoring solution may not be the best, it doesn’t mean you can’t progress.

Allison McKnights talk demonstrates how monitoring doesn’t have to be expensive. Hailing from Etsy which is known for doing a lot with not a lot. Allison walks us through her experiences of using open source projects to build a monitoring system capable of monitoring the entirety of Etsy’s back end.

 

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the videos, if you have any that you feel should be added to the list, feel free to drop them below, or tweet @logscape with why.

Logscape and Docker – Get monitoring in 60 seconds

Monitoring Magic

It’s finally that day, Logscape is now on docker hub. As such I’m going to be walking you through the process of getting Logscape running, and once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll be able to download, run and start using Logscape all within 60 seconds. Monitoring in a heart beat. Continue reading

Lifecycle tracking with TXN in Logscape!

The Problem of Ticket Tracking

online_package_trackingSystems tend to have workflows – where an object or ticket are passed around different systems. As someone responsible for monitoring such a system, I need to be able to keep track of the events to ensure that customers get served and orders processed. My main aim in this example is to track how long it takes to process tickets.

This kind of assumes you already have a Logscape environment running. If you don’t, download it now and get started!

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Logscape 3.0 is finally here!

How it felt developer Logscape 3.0The long awaited version 3 update to Logscape is finally here.

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In version 3 we welcome multiple new and exciting features. We’ve improved search performance, zoning and the search UI as well as a series of bug fixes. Version 3 is sure to surprise even the most experienced user. This release is bigger, better and faster! If you want to find out all you need to know about these excellent new features, and how this update will affect you, read on.

If you just want to get started, download it for free right now from our Website.

If you’ve already tried it, why not tell us what you think? We’d love to hear your feedback. Simply message us and let us know.

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10 Ways to Improve Your Output File

cloudcomputingjoke-300x259So you have written an app or log – it’s brilliant, it grabs all the data you need and runs like greased lightning. All you need to do now is ensure your output file has a nice clean format – preferably one that means Logscape does all the work for you! So here are some of my top tips.

1) Add a full time stamp to every line. You wouldn’t believe how much trouble can be caused by people using just times or dates. At the best, you have to struggle to get your data properly organised. At worst, you end up with a mess and data appears in the wrong place on the graph. Do it right, set the date and time!

2) Add a time zone to that stamp. My computer will never move time-zone, surely it’ll be fine? Don’t count on it. British Summer Time changing the system time on half your servers, servers being reset to US time, data centres moving locations… All these things can and will happen. Adding the time zone to the stamp gives you a cast iron assurance that the data will always be correct. That peace of mind is worth a few bytes.

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New App: Mysql monitoring

Check out the new MySQLApp. Monitor the health of your MySQL instances and servers.

 Download the MySQLApp here

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Features to look forward to.

  • Resource KPIs such as memory, disk I/O and server load.
  • Innodb statistics
  • Query Cache Trends
  • Network – bandwidth utilization
  • Threads Created vs Threads Cached.

 

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