The conversation was wide ranging and quite informative. Steve talks about the toughest problem faced as a technologist becoming CEO (people management) and why small-scale data can be a distraction will ramping up. He covers why delaying build out in Customer Success makes for a better product.
Finishing up with the always-fun quick fire round, Steve and Harry continue to deliver both the fun and the information in rapid-fire mode.
Scalyr definitely will as we head to Houston for the annual Grace Hopper Celebration. We are excited to be sponsoring the event for the first time. A handful of the team will be there to meet other women in technology and attend the various sessions. In particular, I’m excited about hearing from Padmasree Warrior (CEO & Chief Development Officer) and Priscilla Chan (Co-founder of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative).
This will be my second time attending the conference. It’s inspiring to think back to the history of women in computing and remember the impact that people like Grace Hopper have had on our industry. I’m excited that Scalyr is participating for the first time. We will have a booth and will be there to talk to people about Scalyr and attend as many of the events as possible.
If you’d like to learn more about the hard technical challenges our team is facing, be sure to swing by and visit us in booth #4951. We’d love to tell you more about our product, technology and company culture. “If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.” – Grace Hopper
We’re a Forbes Cloud 100 “Rising Star” and 2018 SaaS Awards Winner!
We have some great news to share! Over the last month, Scalyr was named a Cloud 100 Rising Star for 2018 by Forbes, and won the 2018 SaaS Awards Program in the category “Best SaaS Product for Web/App Development.” These award wins recognize our continued commitment to ensuring our customers and the enterprise have the fastest, most accessible log management capabilities available.
The Cloud 100 Rising Stars are the 20 fastest-growing cloud companies poised for the Forbes Cloud 100 list. According to Forbes, “The Forbes Cloud 100 represents a who’s who of the biggest and best private companies in the cloud, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. Right behind this year’s winners is a new crop of underdogs, breakout up-and-comers in cloud computing who are looking to follow in their footsteps—or even come for their laurels.” The full list of Rising Stars with more details can be found here.
In its third year, the Software-as-a-Service Awards accepted entries from over 200 organizations from across the globe, including the US, Canada, Australia, UK, and EMEA. Scalyr’s log management platform took home the trophy for “Best SaaS Product for Web/App Development” for its speed, simplicity, and shareability. The full list of this year’s winners can be viewed here.
SaaS Awards and Cloud Awards organizer Larry Johnson said: “With so many potential winners on the shortlist, we hope our choices have proven thought-provoking, offering a real showcase of the diversity of today’s SaaS offerings. This year’s winners really do represent the entire globe, with extra non-US categories helping to showcase this innovation, from established organizations serving many customers to disruptive start-ups catering to a niche.”
Our small but mighty and growing team is truly humbled to receive such prestigious recognition. We are pushing software engineering to the next level so our customers can quickly and effectively solve issues in today’s cloud-based world. The future of web development calls for real-time alerting, as well as predictive and prescriptive analysis, so companies can identify problems before they arise. These awards acknowledge that Scalyr gives organizations the tools they need to head in this direction and we can’t wait to pave that path even further with future product innovations.
I’ll open with a quick example of manual logging in PHP. Then we’ll revisit the details of why logging matters and what your logs should show. And lastly, I’ll show you how to set up and use the most popular PHP logging framework.
In this article, I’ll provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a Docker container, modify its internal state, and then save the container as an image. This is really handy when you are working out how an image should be constructed, because you can just keep tweaking a running container until it works like you want it to. When you’re done, just save it as an image.
Last month, we fixed a pile of bugs and added two of our most highly requested features. If you’re curious about which bugs we fixed, we list them in our weekly release notes at https://www.scalyr.com/releasenotes/.
Tabular Search Results
In addition to our standard side-scrolling log search results, we’ve added a new table view mode. If you’re searching through fairly heterogeneous logs, having the just the field values shown in columns makes it much easier to see patterns and find things.
To try table mode, just bring up the Display Settings dialog, and choose the table radio button under “Display log entries in…”. You can pick what to show as columns from the list of parsed fields plus from the system fields checkboxes.
Another nice benefit in using a table is that you can be more exact when filtering. In the screenshot above, I’ve used the mouse to select the ‘prune_rate’ value for the ‘path5’ field. If I click the FILTER FOR button, the query becomes “path5 contains ‘prune_rate‘”, instead of just “prune_rate”.
Log Lines in Alert Emails
Usually it’s easier to spot problems when you can see a visual trend, especially when you’ve got obvious spikes in a timeline or dashboard graph. There are other times, though, when one glance at a terribly familiar log line can tell the tale even better.
Raw log lines are so verbose that we’re not turning them on for everyone, but you can request them by dropping us an email at email@example.com.
Obscured API Keys
For security or compliance purposes, you may be required to keep your API keys hidden from view in Scalyr. We’ve added the ability to only show them when you create them, but keep them obfuscated on the client thereafter.
If you would like to turn this setting on, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got an idea, feedback or questions? Email us at email@example.com.
Containers are hot stuff right now, so it’s natural that you’re here wondering what the business case and benefits of containers could be.
If this is you—if you’re looking to assess whether containers would make sense for your company—then you’re in just the right place. Because by the end of this article, you’ll not only have a good understanding of what containers are and what they’re good (and not so good) at, but you’ll also have some decision making criteria to help you decide whether they’ll work for you in your unique situation.
We’ve got quite a bit of ground to cover, so let’s get to it.
As the summer ends, it’s time to get back into the swing of things for the Scalyr team. We’re going to be out and about from September thru December and we would enjoy you stopping by to talk about how logs impact you, hear a few war stories (and maybe share a few), and catch you up on our latest technology.
September kicks off with PagerDuty Summit in San Francisco, CA happening September 10-12, 2018. PagerDuty is helping to define and drive the future of the practice of DevOps and Scalyr is pleased to be sponsoring the Summit. Scalyr will be in the Colonia Room on the Mezzanine Level and we want to meet all of you.
Scalyr will also be at DevOpsDays in Portland, OR, September 11-13, 2018. We’ve had the privilege of being part of a number of DevOpsDays around the United States and are fascinated by both the depth and breadth of knowledge the attendees share with us. Every show has been different and fascinating, so please stop by and tell us about what you do.
And we finish out the month with the Grace Hopper Celebration on September 26-28, 2018 in Houston, TX. GHC, produced by the AnitaB.org, is the largest gathering of women technologists in the world. Please stop by booth #4951 and meet some of our skilled engineering team and learn more about our product, our technology, and culture of diversity.
So, as you can see, September is a busy month for Scalyr. If you don’t have a chance to meet us at one of these events keep watching this space, because there are more coming up in 2018.
As an engineer, you already have enough responsibilities when developing software. Adding more tasks–say, DevOps-related ones—to your workday activities might not sound very appealing. With DevOps, not only are you responsible for producing working software, but now you also need to automate the building, testing, and deployment phases of the software. That’s a lot to take care of! But the extra work aside, maybe you’re just tired of the DevOps movement, and all the hype surrounding it is causing DevOps fatigue.
As a former developer, I can identify with that feeling of fatigue. I’ve also seen some colleagues reach a certain level of frustration with DevOps. There are times when we make the mistake of taking on everything, even the releases. This is especially common if we’re perfectionists and don’t like to deliver software with bugs. We could even get to the point of releasing our code to production. (Although now that you’re “doing” DevOps, that might become your responsibility anyway.) After all, if we code it, we know the things that could go wrong and how to fix it if there are problems.
Even though now I’m more on the operations side of things—dealing with servers and helping companies implement DevOps—let me share some thoughts with you about why I think engineers are getting DevOps fatigue.
Well, microservices sure are getting a lot of attention these days. It’s almost uncool to like them, as they are so mainstream. When you have all these separate modules doing their own things, the question inevitably comes up: How do we stitch them together?
The answer? Very carefully. Here are some tips you can use if you find yourself in the position of needing to orchestrate your microservices.