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The Circonus Istio Mixer Adapter

The Circonus Istio Mixer Adapter

Here at Circonus, we have a long heritage of open source software involvement. So when we saw that Istio provided a well designed interface to syndicate service telemetry via adapters, we knew that a Circonus adapter would be a natural fit. Istio has been designed to...

Thank you, ZFS

If you’ve had a technical conversation with anyone at Circonus, there are very likely two technologies that came up: ZFS and DTrace. While we love DTrace, ZFS has literally changed our world and made some personal “whoopsies” out of what could have been otherwise...

Some Like It Flat

JSON rules the world, much to our collective chagrin. I’ve mentioned before the atrocious shortcomings of JSON as a format and I feel deeply saddened that the format has taken the world by storm. However, it is here and we must cope… but not always. Like every other...

Time, but Faster

Every once in awhile, you find yourself in a rabbit hole, unsure of where you are or what time it might be. In this post, I'll show you a computing adventure about time through the looking glass. The first premise you must understand was summed up perfectly by the...

Rapid Resolution With The Right Tools

Here at Circonus, we obviously monitor our infrastructure with the Circonus platform. However, there are many types of monitoring, and our product isn’t intended to cover all the bases. While Circonus leads to profound insights into the behavior of systems, it isn’t a...

LuaJIT and the Illumos VM

I’m about to dive into some esoteric stuff, so be warned. We use LuaJIT extensively throughout most of our product suite here at Circonus. It is core supported technology in the libmtev platform on which we build most of our high-performance server apps. Lua (and...

The Uphill Battle for Visibility

In 2011, Circonus released a feature that revolutionized the way people could observe systems. We throw around the word “histogram” a lot and the industry has listened. And while we’ve made great progress, it seems that somewhere along the way the industry got lost....

Percentages Aren’t People

This is a story about an engineering group celebrating success when it shouldn’t be… and their organization buying into it. This is not the fault of the engineering groups, or the operations team, or any one person. This is the fault of yesterday’s tools not providing...

Understanding API Latencies

Today’s Internet is powered by APIs. Tomorrow’s will be even more so. Without a pretty UI or a captivating experience, you’re judged simply on performance and availability. As an API provider, it is more critical than ever to understand how your system is performing....