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Introducing Our New Integration with InfluxDB

ilert's integration catalog now includes a new addition for InfluxDB—an open-source time series database.

Daria Yankevich
Apr 02, 2024 • 5 min read

ilert's integration catalog now includes a new addition for InfluxDB—an open-source time series database.

What is InfluxDB?

InfluxDB is an open-source time series database designed to handle high write and query loads in a time-efficient manner. It's specifically built to store and analyze time-stamped data, such as metrics and events, making it a critical tool for monitoring applications, Internet of Things applications, real-time analytics, and more. The database is distinguished by its high-performance data storage, easy scalability, and a straightforward query language called InfluxQL, which simplifies the process of working with time series data. InfluxDB supports a wide array of data types and offers features like data retention policies, continuous queries, and real-time alerts, making it a versatile choice for managing large volumes of time-sensitive data across various industries.

What can you expect from the ilert integration for InfluxDB?

This integration allows you to send alerts to the ilert incident management platform and notify team members through various channels, including push notifications, SMS, voice calls, and more. Alerts will be escalated until acknowledged. All notifications are actionable, enabling you to modify the alert status directly within the channel where you received it.

Linking InfluxDB with ilert platform equips your team with a comprehensive toolset for managing the entire incident lifecycle—from acknowledging alerts to conducting post-incident analysis with the support of AI-driven postmortems. Additionally, you'll have the capability to arrange on-call duties, inform your clients and stakeholders about critical issues through status pages, and leverage various ChatOps features for Slack and Microsoft Teams to resolve incidents.

Discover a step-by-step guide on establishing a connection between InfluxDB and ilert in our documentation.


How to Keep Observability Alive in Microservice Landscapes through OpenTelemetry

Observability, beyond its traditional scope of logging, monitoring, and tracing, can be intricately defined through the lens of incident response efficiency—specifically by examining the time it takes for teams to grasp the full context and background of a technical incident.

Christian Fröhlingsdorf
Mar 27, 2024 • 5 min read

The concept of observability has become a cornerstone for ensuring system reliability and efficiency in modern software engineering and operations. Observability, beyond its traditional scope of logging, monitoring, and tracing, can be intricately defined through the lens of incident response efficiency—specifically by examining the time it takes for teams to grasp the full context and background of a technical incident.

Optimizing Time to Understanding

This nuanced view introduces the critical metric of Time to Understanding (TTU), a dimension that serves as a pivotal link in the chain of incident management metrics, including Time to Acknowledge (TTA) and Time to Resolve (TTR). TTU emerges as a metric by quantifying the duration from when an alert is received to when a team fully comprehends the incident's scope, impact, and underlying causes. In the complex alerting context, TTU not only bridges the interval between initial alert acknowledgment (TTA) and the commencement of resolution efforts (TTR) but also plays a transformative role in refining alert management strategies. By optimizing TTU, organizations can significantly enhance their operational resilience, minimize downtime, and streamline their path to incident resolution. It is important to understand, however, that optimizing for TTU completely differs based on the underlying infrastructure and architecture of the maintained software product.

The Impact of Microservice Architectures on Time to Understanding

Software deployments often favor monolithic architectures due to their simplicity, where the application is built as a single, unified unit. This approach made understanding the system's functionality and debugging issues more straightforward, as all components operated within a single codebase and runtime environment. However, when development teams and application complexity grow, the limitations of monolithic architectures, such as scalability and deployment speed, push organizations towards microservices architectures. Microservices, which break down the application into smaller, independently deployable services, offer greater flexibility and scalability. Yet, this fragmentation introduces a chaotic nature to the system's understanding, as the interdependencies and interactions across numerous services can obscure the overall picture, making it challenging—almost impossible—for even large development teams to grasp the full extent of how everything works together.

Where OpenTelemetry Сomes into Play

Microservice architectures can significantly hinder observability, turning the management and troubleshooting of services into a daunting task. OpenTelemetry emerges as a design to address these challenges by providing a unified and standardized framework for collecting, processing, and shipping telemetry data (metrics, logs, and traces) from each microservice. By implementing OpenTelemetry, organizations can gain a comprehensive view of their microservice landscape, enabling them to track the flow of requests across service boundaries, understand the interactions and dependencies among disparate services, and identify performance bottlenecks or failure points with precision. This enhanced level of observability cuts through the chaotic nature of microservice architectures, facilitating a deeper understanding of system behaviors and operational dynamics.

The Three Pillars of OpenTelemetry

Metrics, the first pillar of OpenTelemetry, represent a crucial component for monitoring and understanding system performance at scale. They are designed to be lightweight and easy to store, even at high volume, making them ideal for capturing a high-level overview of system health and behavior over time. By aggregating numerical data points—such as request counts, error rates, and resource usage—metrics provide a simplified, yet comprehensive, snapshot of the operational state. However, this process of aggregation, while beneficial for scalability and manageability, can inadvertently obscure detailed information about infrequent or outlier events, concealing potential issues within the system.

Logs, while still considered "young" in the OpenTelemetry Protocol (OTLP) framework, play a critical role in diagnosing and understanding issues within microservices architectures. Logs offer a very detailed explanation of problems, capturing events in a structured or unstructured format that developers can analyze to pinpoint the root causes of issues. However, the utility of logs comes with its challenges; due to the potentially high volume of logs generated, especially in complex and distributed systems, their storage and management can become difficult. These challenges demand efficient log aggregation and management solutions to ensure that logs remain accessible and useful for troubleshooting without overwhelming the system's resources.

Tracing, the third pillar of OpenTelemetry, serves as a hybrid between metrics and logs, offering a uniquely rich and detailed view into the system's behavior by capturing very dense information, even more than traditional logs. A trace encapsulates the journey of a single request through the system, decomposed into multiple spans, where each span represents a distinct "unit of work" or operation within the service architecture. These spans collectively form a detailed timeline of the request's path, pinpointing where time is spent and where errors may occur. Despite the wealth of data traces provided, it's noteworthy that the vast majority (99.9%) of this data is never actively viewed, underscoring the selective nature of tracing data consumption.

The Heart of OpenTelemetry: The Collector

Next to the OpenTelemetry instruments, such as libraries and SDKs that help developers publish OTLP data, mentioned in the three pillars above, from within application code—the OpenTelemetry Collector marks the heart of the framework.

The Collector (OTelC) is not only a data exporter; it introduces advanced capabilities critical for managing telemetry data efficiently in distributed systems. It adeptly handles cardinality, an essential feature for maintaining data usability while preventing overwhelm in monitoring systems by reducing dimensionality where necessary. This flexibility allows OTelC instances to be chained, providing a scalable solution for preprocessing telemetry data—by filtering, sampling, and processing—before it reaches the backend. By intelligently managing what data is transmitted, including the removal of noisy, sensitive, or otherwise unnecessary information, OTelC ensures that only pertinent, high-quality data is forwarded, thereby optimizing performance and compliance.

Crucially, with OTelC positioned close to the data sources, it dramatically decreases the amount of traffic required to travel over the network, which is especially beneficial in cloud environments where data transfer costs can accumulate. This proximity allows for efficient traffic management and load reduction, ensuring high-volume telemetry data does not saturate network resources.

Moreover, OpenTelemetry instruments (SDKs, libraries) are relieved from the burden of traffic and load considerations, allowing developers to focus on instrumentation without worrying about the impact on data transfer volumes. With OTelC, managing OTLP cardinality and enhancing data efficiency becomes seamless, negating the need for invasive changes within the application code itself. Thus, code integrity is preserved while comprehensive observability is ensured.

The latter also fits well in a microservice environment where usually the dev teams themselves take care of deployment and runtime of their services and may use their own OTel collector pipelines to fine-tune their OTLP data streams without having to alter and redeploy their services.

What Standalone OpenTelemetry is Missing

While OpenTelemetry excels in collecting and exporting telemetry data in a distributed service environment, it does not include functionalities for storing this data; instead, it relies on external storage solutions to archive and manage the collected information.

Additionally, OpenTelemetry itself does not provide dashboards, which are required for visualizing data trends and insights. Instead, it requires integration with other tools to analyze and display the data.

Notifications, essential for alerting teams to system issues in real time, are also beyond the scope of OpenTelemetry's capabilities, necessitating supplementary alerting mechanisms.

Finally, OpenTelemetry does not natively support proactive testing of applications through simulated traffic or user interactions, an important aspect of understanding and ensuring system performance and reliability under various conditions.

Consequently, while OpenTelemetry is a powerful tool for observability, it must be complemented with additional systems and strategies to cover these critical areas fully.

A Top-of-the-line Observability Stack with OpenTelemetry and ilert

To address OpenTelemetry’s limitations and thereby create a top-tier observability stack, its capabilities can be significantly enhanced by integrating it with specialized tools.

For data storage and visually intuitive dashboards that aid in rapid data analysis and insights, complements OpenTelemetry by offering scalable, high-powered analytics. As well as incorporating a tool like Checkly, which specializes in proactive testing and validation of web services, closing the loop on comprehensive system monitoring. To amplify the effectiveness of alerting mechanisms, ilert can be integrated with Honeycomb and Checkly, ensuring notifications are timely, actionable, and can escalate through the correct channels such as voice calls or Microsoft Teams channel updates.


Turn tickets into actionable alerts with ilert integration for HaloPSA and HaloITSM

We are happy to introduce two integrations — HaloITSM and HaloPSA

Daria Yankevich
Mar 27, 2024 • 5 min read

At ilert, we are dedicated to providing an effortless, seamless connection between our incident management platform and other popular tools that empower teams to excel in operations. We're excited to introduce two new integrations from the Halo suite: HaloITSM and HaloPSA.

What is HaloPSA?

HaloPSA is a comprehensive professional services automation platform that streamlines and optimizes the operations of IT service management and helpdesk teams. It features an extensive range of tools, including ticketing, asset management, customer relationship management, and project management, all integrated into a single, centralized system. HaloPSA aims to enhance IT service delivery efficiency and effectiveness by automating routine tasks, facilitating communication and collaboration among team members, and providing detailed analytics and reporting tools. With its customizable workflows and scalable architecture, it serves the diverse needs of IT professionals and organizations, enabling them to deliver outstanding service quality and achieve higher customer satisfaction.

What is HaloITSM?

HaloITSM is a comprehensive IT service management solution designed to support and streamline IT service operations. It's tailored to align with ITIL best practices, enabling organizations to manage IT services and support their IT infrastructure efficiently.

The key difference between HaloITSM and HaloPSA lies in their primary focus and scope. While HaloITSM is centered around IT service management, focusing on delivering IT services according to ITIL standards, HaloPSA offers a broader solution, integrating ITSM capabilities with additional tools for project management, billing, and CRM. HaloPSA is designed for IT service providers and MSPs who need a unified platform to manage not only IT services but also other aspects of their business operations. In essence, HaloITSM specializes in optimizing IT service delivery, whereas HaloPSA provides a more comprehensive suite of tools to manage IT services and broader business processes.

How does ilert integration for HaloITSM and HaloPSA work?

The integration of ilert with HaloITSM and HaloPSA enhances operational efficiency and improves service quality. By automating the transfer of critical incident information, teams can reduce response times, minimize manual errors, and ensure a consistent, coordinated approach to incident management. This synergy not only helps to maintain high levels of customer satisfaction but also strengthens the overall resilience of IT services against disruptions.

By utilizing ilert integration for HaloPSA and HaloITSM, users can:

  • Notify team members about issues via various channels, including SMS, voice calls, and push notifications, and escalate them until the problem is proactively acknowledged
  • Communicate incidents to stakeholders and clients via status pages
  • Utilize AI features for faster incident response
  • Use rich ilert ChatOps capabilities to manage incidents right from Microsoft Teams or Slack

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