Conf42: Site Reliability Engineering 2022

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Four Golden Signals: Monitoring the health of your service

Michael McAllister
SRE Team Lead @ Teleport

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As Site Reliability Engineers it is our mission to ensure our services are highly available, secure, and scalable. With hundreds or thousands of different metrics across a (potentially) distributed system that you could monitor and alert on, where do we begin? How do we define what it means for a service to be “healthy”?

This lightning talk focuses on the four golden signals of monitoring that serve as a solid foundation for actionable monitoring of the health of your service.

In this talk we’ll explore what the signals are, what they mean for you and your customers, and put what we’ve learnt into action with monitoring a demo application.

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