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 alert that was known to clear itself. At 3am it…

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,…

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 produce data? Did we lose connection and miss the data?…

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…

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, I’m not going to get into specifics about our dashboards…

Graph Annotations and Events

This feature has been a long time in coming: the ability to annotate your graphs! With the new annotations timeline sitting over the graph, not only can you create custom…