The Problem with Math: Why Your Monitoring Solution is Wrong

Math is perfect – the most perfect thing in the world. The problem with math is that it is perpetrated by us imperfect humans. Circonus has long aimed to bring…

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Underneath Clean Data: Avoiding Rot

When many people talk about clean data, they are referring to data that was collected in a controlled and rigorous process where bad inputs are avoided. Dirty data has samples…

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Alerting on disk space the right way.

Most people that alert on disk space use an arbitrary threshold, such as “notify me when my disk is 85% full.” Most people then get alerted, spend an hour trying…

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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, storage gets cheaper, IOPS are more plentiful, yet we feeble…

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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 can’t get your data out into the tool you need,…

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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 at data, commonly through line graphs, that actually show us…

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