Topic: Observability Through the Lenses of Metrics and Events
Presenter: Jack Neely and Breandan Dezendorf
When: Thursday, 12 September 2019 - 6:45pm to 9:00pm
Where: NCSU College of Textiles, 1020 Main Campus Dr., Room 2207
Parking: Underground parking deck immediately adjacent to the building (see map)
Map: Google Maps will get you close, but use the NCSU College of Textiles link for proper directions to building
Speaker notes


What are logs? What are metrics? A look into the challenges you face when building log aggregation pipelines, and how to build an operable and efficient pipeline at any scale. Also a collection of best practices for using metrics for health and alerting and optimizing both metrics and logs for successful observability.


42 Lines Jack, a Senior Operations Engineer at 42Lines, has just shy of 20 years experience in Linux/UNIX system administration leading into the DevOps practices currently in use today. He's architected backend, scalable systems for universities with more than 100,000 users and companies with millions of users worldwide. The last several years he has focused on building and deploying telemetry based monitoring, alerting, and analysis tools such as Prometheus, Thanos, Grafana, and Graphite. Turns out that metrics can be quite powerful when used with best practices. Jack has always enjoyed math and has found his passion in working with time series data, statistical analysis, and in training others to get the best use of their metric data.

Breandan has been working in UNIX and Linux operations for almost 20 years. As a Senior Operations Engineer at 42Lines, he currently focuses on distributed systems and log aggregation at scale, building aggregation pipelines that handle hundreds of terabytes of log data a day. He has spent considerable time working for academic institutions and traveling internationally.

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