With CloudMonix’s core objective of simplifying, streamlining and automating routine or complex tasks for Cloud System Administrators and IT Professionals – we are always on look to improve the way we deliver our services. That’s why we have partnered up with PagerDuty, to deliver instant alerts and notifications on PagerDuty’s leading Incident Management platform.
The site is down. Alarms are going off. Before you can fix anything, you first have to understand what’s going on. And gaining context can be hard as you look across multiple systems and metrics. We’re pleased to announce Rich Incidents, a new feature for PagerDuty that helps incident responders gain additional context. Now, responders can go straight from an alert to a conference bridge, chat room, or runbook, giving them instantaneous access to each other and to any documentation they might need. Additionally, embedded graphs give more context into an incident, helping you respond faster and maintain a dependable product for your customers.
ZooKeeper, for those who are unaware, is a well-known open source project which enables highly reliable distributed coordination. It is trusted by many around the world, including PagerDuty. It provides high availability and linearizability through the concept of a leader, which can be dynamically re-elected, and ensures consistency through a majority quorum. The leader election and failure detection mechanisms are fairly mature, and typically just work… until they don’t. How can this be? Well, after a lengthy investigation, we managed to uncover four different bugs coming together to conspire against us, resulting in random cluster-wide lockups. Two of those bugs laid in ZooKeeper, and the other two were lurking in the Linux kernel. This is our story.
When it comes to monitoring the health of your IT system, the team at Boundary lives by the philosophy that every second counts. Rather than letting data slip through the cracks at five- or even one-minute intervals, Boundary provides real-time monitoring of servers, platforms and apps for IT and DevOps teams with one-second resolution. We’re excited to announce an integration with PagerDuty to help teams resolve infrastructure incidents even faster.
Last week, we sponsored a booth and participated with all of ServiceNow’s awesome partners at Knowledge 15 in Las Vegas! ServiceNow is a a powerful platform-as-a-service for IT teams. We heard success stories from customers who use PagerDuty to enhance their ServiceNow experience.
When you’re in the middle of an outage, the last thing you want is people from all over the company constantly asking you when it’s going to be fixed. Your job is busy enough without having to play translator and communication whiz when you have more important things to be worried about. But at the same time, your outage affects people outside of your team. You can’t neglect communicating with internal stakeholders like your manager, or your CTO, or your CEO, or your marketing department, or you customer support team. You see where I’m going with this. So how do you keep your internal stakeholders informed in a timely, efficient fashion?
We love PagerDuty and are big users ourselves. We love the ease of integration with our other platforms. We love the scheduling and overrides. We love the per-service escalation groups. We love the sound of our default alert setting, the sad trombone (Though, the more we think about it, “love” isn’t the right word on that last one. That infernal trombone wakes up our team to let us know there is trouble in the Cloud. We dread that trombone).
Last week our team went on an overseas adventure, sponsoring AWS Summit London and Puppet Camp UK. We heard over and over at AWS Summit that our international customers love our reliable multi-provider SMS, phone, push, and email alerting to over 175 countries (and growing!). Our international SMS alerts all come from local numbers in the countries we alert, so when engineers ack, they don’t incur international fees. International customers are also big fans of UTF-8 support throughout our incident pipeline, so messages in non-western character sets render correctly.
Application Performance Monitoring (APM) systems like AppDynamics can provide incredibly rich information about what’s happening with your IT infrastructure, and can identify performance issues before they create big problems. However, this information is only as good as your ability to respond to it. PagerDuty can extend the capabilities of AppDynamics Alert & Respond policies to ensure incidents are noticed, responded to, and fixed quickly.
PagerDuty released Multi-User Alerting in early 2014, which allowed notifying and assigning multiple people when an incident is triggered. In addition to assigning multiple users to an incident, multi-user alerting also makes it possible for an incident to have multiple acknowledgers. This post will demonstrate the changes we made to our data model to implement multi-user alerting and the resulting sophistication added to our SQL queries to maintain their performance.