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Wednesday, November 20 • 11:50am - 12:25pm
Doing Things Prometheus Can’t Do with Prometheus - Tim Simmons, DigitalOcean

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The current Cloud Native Observability dogma is that metrics (and logs and traces) are “not good enough” and that this brave new world needs brave new Observability tools. This is false.

This session will focus on how to utilize Prometheus and friends to solve problems that are typically cited as limitations. This talk is for anyone interested in learning how Prometheus can solve the majority of your Observability problems, no vendor required.

An outline of this talk is:
- How to thoughtfully utilize existing Observability tools
- Deploying High Availability Prometheus
- Effectively interacting with high-cardinality data
- Long-term metrics storage
- Doing “machine learning” on metrics
- Handling thousands of alerts in a sane way (https://twitter.com/timsimlol/status/1145790451129167872)
- How to measure *everything* with Prometheus
- Fostering a healthy Observability culture with SLOs

Speakers
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Tim Simmons

Senior Engineer, DigitalOcean
Tim Simmons is a Senior Engineer on the Observability Platforms team at DigitalOcean. He primarily cares for DigitalOcean's internal Prometheus infrastructure. On a normal day, he helps his colleagues with PromQL queries, writes custom Prometheus exporters, and builds tools around... Read More →



Wednesday November 20, 2019 11:50am - 12:25pm
Ballroom Sec 20AB - San Diego Convention Center Upper Level