Practical Monitoring

Effective strategies for the real world

Do you have a nagging feeling that your monitoring needs improvement, but you just aren’t sure where to start or how to do it? Are you plagued by constant, meaningless alerts? Does your monitoring system routinely miss real problems? This is the book for you.

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Things you will learn from
Practical Monitoring

Fix noisy alerts

How to fix the 'noisy alert' problem once and for all

Tie business metrics to system metrics

How much infrastructure do you need to support N numbers of users?


How to use statistics such as rolling average and standard deviation to level-up your monitoring

Common metrics to monitor

The most common and impactful metrics to monitor for network, servers, security, and more

Build a better on-call experience

How to build a better on-call experience so your team don't turn into burned out husks of people

Monitoring as a culture

How to foster a culture of data-informed decisions, and integrating monitoring into everything you do

Chapter overview for Practical Monitoring

  • Chapter 1 - Monitoring Antipatterns
  • Chapter 2 - Monitoring Design Patterns
  • Chapter 3 - Alerting, On-call, and Incident Management
  • Chapter 4 - Statistics Primer
  • Chapter 5 - Monitoring the Business: Key Performance Indicators, metrics for the C-suite
  • Chapter 6 - Monitoring the Front-end: RUM, synthetic transactions, and more
  • Chapter 7 - Monitoring the App: APM, microservices, serverless/function-as-a-service
  • Chapter 8 - Monitoring the Network: Routing, interfaces, flow analysis
  • Chapter 9 - Monitoring Servers & Cloud: containers, deployment pipelines, IaaS, and more
  • Chapter 10 - Monitoring App & Infrastructure Security: compliance, user auditing

Coming May 2017

Ready to dive in and fix your monitoring?

A Message from the Author

I'm so glad you want to improve your monitoring! People at meetups and conferences ask all the time, "My monitoring sucks, and I don't know what to do about it! What should I know? How should I fix it?"

Practical Monitoring gives you the answers to your most pressing questions about monitoring at an easily-digestable legth. I sincerely hope it helps you develop world-class monitoring for your company, and I look forward to hearing from you about your success!

Mike Julian is Founder at Aster Labs, a consultancy that guides startups on building effective monitoring for their apps and infrastructure. Previously an operations engineer for more than a decade, Mike has worked with many well-known companies, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Peak Hosting, and Taos Consulting (where he worked with companies such as Synaptics, AirBnB, and a Target subsidiary). Often finding himself the champion of monitoring, Mike has helped numerous companies with designing and building better monitoring on their ever-elusive path to safer and more reliable infrastructure.