Having a solid regimen for monitoring in production involves writing consistent logs in your code and aggregating those along with logs from the infrastructure and services you use to run your software that can affect your application’s performance. It also requires a thoughtful monitoring, metrics, and alerting strategy for your production systems – one that is tuned to identify real problems, ideally before they are full-blown, and that doesn’t generate meaningless alerts. Moreover, your regimen depends on thoughtful organization, including logging in software development and testing, consistent naming of components such as services, containers, pods, and so on; standardization across units of measurement (such as seconds versus milliseconds); and data uniformity, such as in log timestamps.
Another core element to successful monitoring in production is choosing the right observability solution, ideally one that works they way you do. Scalyr enables engineers who are on the front line of software delivery to monitor production software efficiently and accurately. We start by centralizing and organizing your logs and making it easy to tag and identify them by their stage in the software delivery cycle, whether development, testing, or production. We also help you see those logs in context so you can find what resources or user behavior contributed to a software exception. From there, we help your team members move at the pace they need because they can troubleshoot across large data sets with no performance penalty.
Our customers tell us they can search their logs orders-of-magnitude faster than they could in their traditional tools, which is critical when every second counts in production environments. When your team can move this fast, they solve production problems more quickly, solve more problems overall, and free up their time to develop new functionality. Finally, because all of your engineers can use Scalyr concurrently with no performance penalty, usage throttling, or extra cost, they can get ahead of software issues during the dev and test cycle, troubleshoot more efficiently during production, and become more accountable to your application’s overall success.