Conor Broderick

Conor Broderick

When to Alert with Prometheus

Alerting is an art. One must be sure to alert just enough to be aware of all problems arising in the monitored system while at the same time not drown out the signal with excess noise. In this blogpost we’ll explain some of the best practices to use when alerting with Prometheus.

Dude, where’s my exporter?

So you have just discovered Prometheus and want to try it out or use it to replace your old monitoring system but have run into a part of your stack that you cannot instrument with a client library and for which there are no officially supported exporters. What do you do?

Common pitfalls when using the Pushgateway

Jobs of an ephemeral nature are often not around long enough to have their metrics scraped by Prometheus. In order to remedy this the Pushgateway was developed to allow for these types of jobs to push their metrics to a metrics cache in order to be scraped by Prometheus long after the original jobs have

Alerting on gauges in Prometheus 2.0

One of the major changes introduced in Prometheus 2.0 was that of staleness handling. Previously for instant vectors, Prometheus would return a point up to 5 minutes in the past which caused a number of different issues.

Measuring the performance impact of Meltdown/Spectre with Prometheus

The world of infosec is alarmed right now over the recent security vulnerabilities disclosed by Google on Wednesday that affect Intel, AMD, and ARM chips. The now infamous Meltdown and Spectre bugs allow for the reading of sensitive information from a system’s memory, including passwords, private keys and other sensitive information. Thankfully fixes are being swiftly