Monitoring in a Microservices World

Fabian Stäber from Instana, gives a really informative talk about how to tackle monitoring with microservices.

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Lots of things to consider:

  • Automation of monitoring to avoid bottlenecks with deploying microservices.
  • The underlying data


More than health checks which are more common with monoliths.

Define what does it mean for my application to be healthy.  Discussing how you take this time series data and apply it to the additional dimensions that microservices bring.

  • Aggregation horizontal metrics
  • Vertical checks – what is going on in the stack Java, JVM, Docker, K8 node, hardware itself.

Distributed tracing

  • Ensure new and legacy services also provide tracing
  • Tie together traces to error logs.

Further reading

Fabian helpfully points out these three Site Reliability Engineering books from Google that are available for free.


Hands-on Helm

Jessica Deen gives a great introduction to Helm and then goes on the show the differences between Helm 2 and Helm 3.

Great news Helm has graduated.

Here goes nothing:

brew install helm

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Take aways:

  • Helm 3 has been rewritten to be more k8 native, simpler and more flexible.
  • There are changes to
    • cli
    • CRD
    • Release metadata
  • Also need to explicitly create namespaces.

Jessica Deen also demonstrates migrating with the use of helm-2to3 plugin

The live demo made use of codefresh CI/CD a tool designed for deploying to k8



Building a Docker Image Packaging Pipeline Using GitHub Actions

Gareth Rushgrove, from Snyk, gave us an overview of some more advanced features in Dockerfiles which can promote the reuse of Dockerfiles.  This is turn can be combined with neat github actions.


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DockerCon 2020

Excited to be able to take part in dockercon for the first time.

Sessions I joined live

Ones to watch later


Go workshop

Thank you, Golang Bristol, for hosting a warm and friendly workshop last night.  As well as exploring some core Go language features I was able to do some pair programming with Samuel.  You can find the resulting forked Go tutorial repo on GitHub.

Preparation for the workshop was really easy, setting up my Ubuntu laptop was a straightforward system package installation. I was able to very quickly get my Hello World on. So far the documentation seems straight forward to follow.

Post-workshop pub discussions about the benefits of using Go were helpful too.