“For Scalyr, it’s about speed, scale, and simplicity in log management,” is the title of 451 Research’s recent report on Scalyr. Nancy reached out to us to discuss our product a few weeks ago. We gave her a demo and spoke a number of times in detail about Scalyr. I was excited when I saw that she had decided to write about us and I’m even more excited to share the content of that report with the greater Scalyr family.
To help get the word out about Scalyr, we’re looking for people to write honest reviews of our product on GetApp and Capterra. If you take the time to write a review on one of those sites we’ll send you a $20 gift card for either Starbucks or Amazon (please see details below).
To write a review on GetApp you need to have a LinkedIn account and be willing to sign into GetApp with it, but your review can be anonymous once posted. For Capterra you need to give your email address and the name of the company where you used the product that you are reviewing, and finished reviews will include your name and company name.
We are only looking for reviews from current Scalyr customers or Scalyr trial users who have uploaded data and spent more than two hours using Scalyr. In order to qualify for the gift cards, please send the following information to email@example.com:
- a link to the review in question
- your name and the email address you use to log into scalyr
- the email address where you’d like us to send the gift card code
We’ll take honest reviews anytime, but this particular offer of a gift card when you review us expires on February 17th, 2017. All gift cards will be issued for USD $20 from the US Starbucks or US Amazon website.
Thanks in advance!
Our new UI is now the default
We flipped the switch, and our new UI is now the default. The original UI will still be available for a while, but to access it, you’ll have to click on the settings menu (upper-right corner of the window) and choose “Flip To Classic UI”.
If there’s a reason you prefer our original UI, please let us know! We’re working hard to make this an easy transition.
The log timeline chart now includes both line and bar graphs
By popular demand, we’ve superimposed the old “events per second” line graph over the bar chart. This allows you to see fine-grained spikes and changes in message frequency. Note that the Y axis is scaled for the bar chart only.
A few years ago, we set out to rebuild server and log monitoring from the ground up. Today marks a new and exciting chapter in the story. To tell it properly, let me take you back to a simpler time: the year 2005.
I had just co-founded Writely — “The Web Word Processor!” — and usage was skyrocketing. We ran the whole thing on four leased servers in Texas. It was the clunkiest setup you’d ever seen, but there were few moving parts and it wasn’t much trouble to manage.
Within a year, we were acquired by Google, merged with a spreadsheet app, renamed “Google Docs”, and relaunched on Google infrastructure. The new system was infinitely more scalable, but quite complex. We depended on a slew of independent services: load balancing, data storage, user identity, email, spell checking, and more.
Amazon has posted the talks from re:Invent on YouTube. The video from the EBS session is here. My brief presentation on “Benchmarking in the Cloud” starts at the 30:16 mark (direct link). You can download my slides here.
It was a terrific conference. The pace of development, and just plain enthusiasm and energy, around cloud services in general and AWS in particular is just amazing. I do recommend checking out some of the talks if you have time.
The video to my talk on server monitoring (“Famous Outages, and How To Not Have Them”) is now available:
Thanks to Box for providing the venue and a good crowd, and thanks to the crowd for a great response. The talk is aimed at anyone who is running a production system, large or small. The focus is on how to get good monitoring coverage for a reasonable investment in effort; spiced up with plenty of stories about real-world production outages.
I’ll be speaking briefly on the subject of Cloud Benchmarks at Amazon’s re: Invent conference, in Las Vegas this week. This will be a brief presentation during the “Using Amazon Elastic Block Store” session, 2:05 Wednesday afternoon in Venetian B. If you happen to be at the conference, come check it out — if not for my presentation, then for Scot VanDenPlas, devops lead for the noted Obama for America technology effort, who will be speaking in the same session.
We’ll be around the show on Wednesday and Thursday. If you’re going to be there and would like to chat (about server monitoring, cloud benchmarks, or anything else), drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Wednesday at 6:00 PM, I’ll be giving a talk on server monitoring at Box headquarters in Los Altos, California. If you’re in the area, it should be fun. If not, we’ll be posting the video on YouTube later. Register (it’s free!) at:
Your company is growing rapidly and becoming more successful every day. You have a team that actively does server monitoring. Or maybe you are still too small to dedicate resources to it. You think you are prepared for the worst… and then seemingly out of the blue, your site goes down and it feels like the world has ended. What do you do? What went wrong? How could you have prevented it?
Steve Newman knows this pain. In this talk, he will discuss going beyond the basics of server monitoring: to detect subtle problems before your users do, to use forensic techniques for chasing down non-reproducible bugs, to actively do capacity planning, and more.
The talk will be built around a series of postmortems of real-world incidents, some of which made the newspapers.
Come hear one of the founding fathers of Google Docs talk at Box!