Effective Monitoring and Alerting
For Web Operations
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2012
Pages: 166

With this practical book, you’ll discover how to catch complications in your distributed system before they develop into costly problems. Based on his extensive experience in systems ops at large technology companies, author Slawek Ligus describes an effective data-driven approach for monitoring and alerting that enables you to maintain high availability and deliver a high quality of service.

Learn methods for measuring state changes and data flow in your system, and set up alerts to help you recover quickly from problems when they do arise. If you’re a system operator waging the daily battle to provide the best performance at the lowest cost, this book is for you.

  • Monitor every component of your application stack, from the network to user experience
  • Learn how to draw the right conclusions from the metrics you obtain
  • Develop a robust alerting system that can identify problematic anomalies—without raising false alarms
  • Address system failures by their impact on resource utilization and user experience
  • Plan an alerting configuration that scales with your expanding network
  • Learn how to choose appropriate maintenance times automatically
  • Develop a work environment that fosters flexibility and adaptability
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    4.0

    Good overview - not a cookbook

    By Brian

    from Colorado

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      Comments about oreilly Effective Monitoring and Alerting:

      If you have a lot of experience with monitoring, you won't learn very much from this book. But if you are just getting into the field this book provides a really good overview, and is well worth the read. It covers many of the salient points you'd have to learn over time.

      Note that it is not a "cookbook" or manual on how to implement monitoring or alerting, as others have noted. Just an overview.

      In my case I have had quite a bit of experience with these topics in the past, but it had been some years. I was looking for a good overview to bring me quickly back up to speed, and this book fit the bill.

      One other good point is the book is short and sweet - you can get through it in a reasonable amount of time.

      A couple of nits:
      - Some of the grammar is off, which might be due to poor editing
      - The author uses some terms differently than I have used them in the past, and I found that a bit confusing at first.

       
      2.0

      Too many shortcomings

      By demmer12

      from Chicago, IL

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      • Short

      Cons

      • Long Chapters
      • Poor Graphics In Print
      • Too many errors

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      Comments about oreilly Effective Monitoring and Alerting:

      The first four chapters are very long for my taste. Several times I felt like I was being nested deeper and deeper into an enumerated list and losing my context. The many grammatical errors started to become distracting, a fault I place on the editor(s) much more than the author. The graphics in the print edition were often very difficult to read; the PDF came to the rescue there. All these things combined with my focus on development instead of ops meant that this book wasn't a good one for me.

       
      4.0

      Good Introduction

      By Geekcomputers

      from Essex, England

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        Comments about oreilly Effective Monitoring and Alerting:

        This book was of interest as where I am currently working they are looking into setting up a new monitoring strategy to try and ease the task of monitoring and centralise the monitoring to one department. Currently there any lots of different products etc being used within all the teams, and they are all really doing the same job.

        The book is well written, I found the book very informative, and it wasn't to hard to read. With the topic I was thinking it could be a bit much to take but this was not the case, it stayed interesting through all of the chapters.

        This book doesn't show you how to set a system up, or exactly what tools you should use, if you are looking for that then this book won't show you that.

        If you are new to gathering and studying performance/system metrics then this book is a introduction that then continues to go deeper into the subject.

        The main chapters in the book are Monitoring, Alerting, Scaling, Monitoring System Automation, The Work environment, Measuring Success, The principles.

        This book describes an effective data-driven approach that could help to enable you to maintain high availability and deliver a high quality of service.

         
        4.0

        21st century monitoring best practices

        By DG

        from Los Angeles

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          Comments about oreilly Effective Monitoring and Alerting:

          Very good for solutions architects, IT decision-makers and anyone else seeking better tactics and strategies than whatever they're currently doing with their monitoring and alerting.

          The book doesn't exactly pay off on the upfront promise to make monitoring "effortless", but it goes a very long way in showing how to incorporate things like autonomic computing; data pipelining; and monitoring-based automated deployment and rollback; into any company's monitoring roadmap.

          For large shops especially, if they aren't already applying variations of all of these modern monitoring techniques, they're probably overlooking opportunities to increase ROI and help their businesses quantify their operational KPI's.

           
          5.0

          Great Introduction

          By Alej

          from Duluth, GA, USA

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            Comments about oreilly Effective Monitoring and Alerting:

            I've only read the first chapter, but I'm pleased with what I found.

            Slawek is clear and concise. I appreciate the effort taken to define monitoring and alerting. This sets the foundation for the rest of the material in this book, and also helps me to think about the material more effectively overall.

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            4.0

            Applied theory without any vagueness

            By sumit bisht

            from Lucknow, India

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            • Difficult to understand
            • Very Few Case Studies

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            Comments about oreilly Effective Monitoring and Alerting:

            This book packs in a lot of power in its concise layout and manages to do justice to its name while removing the ambiguity involved in monitoring and its analysis.
            Some of the best practices and howtos can only be instilled after a long experience in the deployment or administration field and are really worth it.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Monitoring different contexts

            By yAnyO

            from Santo Domingo

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              Comments about oreilly Effective Monitoring and Alerting:

              Monitoring is broader than i thought, many different contexts of monitoring. Good read about the process.

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