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A New Day for Navigation and Search

Today we finally rolled out the new navigation menu and search bar that we’ve been working on for a while. … Continue reading

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Blueprints – Graphing made easy

Introducing Blueprints Today I’d like to introduce a new Circonus feature we’re calling Blueprints.  Blueprints is a way to effortlessly … Continue reading

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AWS Cloudwatch Support

This month we pushed native Cloudwatch support – any metric that you have in Cloudwatch can now be added to … Continue reading

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JSON Over HTTP – Data Collection Made Simple

At Circonus, one of our goals is to try to make it as easy as possible to monitor your data. … Continue reading

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Exploring Keynote XML Data Pulse

I’ll be the first to admit that the Circonus service can be somewhat intimidating. Sometimes it is hard to puzzle … Continue reading

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Monitoring Elasticsearch

With the much anticipated announcement of the Elasticsearch 1.0.0 release, we thought we’d mention that several of the features that … Continue reading

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Ways to Collect Systems Data in Circonus

When you decide to monitor your systems with Circonus, there’s quite a few options on how to collect your metrics.  … Continue reading

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Tags: A Long Time Coming

Ok, we know a lot of you have been asking for tags in Circonus for a long time. Well, they’re … Continue reading

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Customizable Alerts and Ruleset Groups

Today we are releasing two new features to make your on-call life easier. Customizable Alerts Our default format was created … Continue reading

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Understanding service latencies via TCP analysis

Latency is the root of all that is evil on the Internet… or so the saying goes. CPUs get faster, … Continue reading

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Manage Metrics with circonus-cmi

As an environment grows, so does the headache of managing checks and metrics. Every new machine and cluster node requires … Continue reading

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On the Move: Circonus Mobile

It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here: a Circonus that’s optimized for low-resolution devices like your smartphone … Continue reading

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What’s New Q1 2013 Edition

Navigation and URL Changes I’ll start this update talking about the most obvious changes to the UI, which is our … Continue reading

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Web Application Stat Collection with Node.js and Circonus

Collecting and carefully monitoring statistics is an essential practice for catching and debugging issues early, as well as minimizing degraded … Continue reading

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Interacting with Circonus through your text editor – circonusvi

I’m a big fan of command line tools for many tasks. There are just some tasks that can be done … Continue reading

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PagerDuty Integration Improvements and Alert Formats

Recently we got burned by ignoring a page because the actual message we received lacked detail, it looked like an … Continue reading

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Sometimes you just need a different hammer

Circonus has a lot of powerful tools inside, but as anyone who has worked with real data knows: if you … Continue reading

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Fault Detection: New Features and Fixes

One of the trickier problems when detecting faults is detecting the absence of data. Did the check run and not … Continue reading

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Updates From The Tech Team

Now that it is fall and the conference season is just about over, I thought it would be a good … Continue reading

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Understanding Data with Histograms

For the last several years, I’ve been speaking about the lies that graphs tell us. We all spend time looking … Continue reading

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Web Portal Outage

Last night circonus.com became unavailable for 34 minutes, this was due to the primary database server becoming unavailable. Here is … Continue reading

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Dashboards: Redux (or What to Look for in a Performance Monitoring Dashboard)

Last autumn we launched our customizable dashboards for Circonus, and we happen to think they’re pretty sweet. In this post, … Continue reading

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Failing Forward While Stumbling, Eventually You Regain Your Balance

First I want to start by saying I sincerely apologize for anyone adversely affected by yesterday’s false alerts. That is … Continue reading

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Graph Annotations and Events

This feature has been a long time in coming: the ability to annotate your graphs! With the new annotations timeline … Continue reading

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Insights from a Data Center Conference

At the beginning of this month, I?d attended the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas, and wanted to share … Continue reading

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Monitoring your Vitals During the Critical Holiday Retail Season

As with Brick & Mortar stores, the Holiday season is a critical time for many E-Commerce sites. Like their off-line … Continue reading

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Template Web UI

Back in October we released the first version of our new Templating API, allowing you to easily replicate sets of … Continue reading

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Template API

Setting up a monitoring system can be a lot of work, especially if you are a large corporation with hundreds … Continue reading

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One Dashboard to Rule Them All

Ever dream of having a systems monitoring dashboard that was actually useful? One where you could move things around, resize … Continue reading

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What’s in a number?

Numbers, numbers, numbers; we’re all about numbers here at Circonus. We have trillions of data points which we feed into … Continue reading

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A Lotta Love for Keyboard Users

All web users who bemoan the general lack of support for keyboard accessibility in web apps, take heart! Circonus has … Continue reading

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Lost In Translation

For more than ten years, OmniTI has been making large-scale critical Internet infrastructure work. It is, obviously, not black magic … Continue reading

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Past Performance: does this look right to you?

If you are like me, you look at a lot of data. I look at data in spreadsheets, I look … Continue reading

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Capacity Planning Made Easy

Okay, so capacity planning will never be fool proof. You simply cannot predict the future. However, some of the time … Continue reading

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Enterprise Agents

If you’re like me, your first response to SaaS monitoring was: “You can’t see my machines/services/metrics from your cloud. That … Continue reading

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Finding Needles in a Worksheet

Traditional graphing tools can help you plan for growth or even narrow down root causes after a failure. But they’ … Continue reading

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Access Tokens with the Circonus API

When we rolled out our initial API months ago, we took a first stab at getting the most useful features … Continue reading

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Annotating Alerts and Recoveries

In the last couple of posts, Brian introduced our new WebHook notifications feature and I demonstrated how Circonus can graph … Continue reading

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Visualizing Regressions

We’ve heard a lot of talk about Continuous Deployment strategies over the last 12-18 months. Timothy Fitz was one of … Continue reading

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WebHook Notifications

This week we added support for webhook notifications in Circonus. For those that are unsure what a webhook is, its … Continue reading

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Monitoring for Agile Operations

One of the big announcements for us at Velocity 2010 last week was the formal release of our Management API. Designed … Continue reading

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Good Times in Charm City

It’s been a while since I had time to enjoy the technical conference scene. Thanks to my involvement with Circonus, … Continue reading

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Circonus at Velocity 2010

Hot on the heels of our RailsConf ticket giveaway, we have another contest for a free pass to Velocity 2010! … Continue reading

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Circonus at RailsConf 2010

We’re anxious to meet and greet everyone at RailsConf next month in Baltimore. This will be our first conference appearance … Continue reading

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Your Visitors Don’t Matter

Consider me old-fashioned, but I remember a time when an alert notification meant something. Drives failed, servers ran short on … Continue reading

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Disrupting the Status Quo

As a hobbyist programmer and full-time operations geek, I’ve been involved in my share of odd software projects. More often … Continue reading

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Introducing Circonus

Great ideas always begin with a catalyst. They can ignite in a flash of brilliance, or grow slowly like an ember hidden in the ashes of failure. Inspiration comes from different places, and is only ever cultivated into success with the right combination of talent, timing and fortitude.

And sometimes it just happens because you get fed up with inferior products.

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