Adding Observability to Vault

One of the things I like to do when setting up a Vault cluster is to visualise all the operations Vault is performing, which helps see usage patterns changing, whether there are lots of failed requests coming in, and what endpoints are receiving the most traffic. While Vault has a lot of data available in Prometheus telemetry, the kind of information I am after is best taken from the Audit backend....

May 27, 2021 · 7 min

Getting NodeJS OpenTelemetry data into NewRelic

I had the need to get some OpenTelemetry data out of a NodeJS application, and into NewRelic’s distributed tracing service, but found that there is no way to do it directly, and in this use case, adding a separate collector is more hassle than it’s worth. Luckily, there is an NodeJS OpenTelemetry library which can report to Zipkin, and NewRelic can also ingest Zipkin format data. To use it was relatively straight forward:...

March 12, 2021 · 2 min

Observability with Infrastructure as Code

This article was originally published on the Pulumi blog. When using the Pulumi Automation API to create applications which can provision infrastructure, it is very handy to be able to use observability techniques to ensure the application functions correctly and to help see where performance bottlenecks are. One of the applications I work on creates a VPC and Bastion host and then stores the credentials into a Vault instance....

March 1, 2021 · 4 min

Observability Without Honeycomb

Before I start on this, I want to make it clear that if you can buy Honeycomb, you should. Outlined below is how I started to add observability to an existing codebase which already had the ELK stack available, and was unable to use Honeycomb. My hope, in this case, is that I can demonstrate how much value observability gives, and also show how much more value you would get with an excellent tool, such as Honeycomb....

March 15, 2020 · 7 min