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Practical Monitoring Paperback – 7 Nov 2017
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About the Author
Mike Julian is Sr. Technical Consultant for Taos Consulting, and advises many well-known market leaders on monitoring strategy and implementation. He is also a freelance technical monitoring consultant.
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Writing this review on the first day of 2018, I'll say that this is a very timely book which does a good job of discussing why things tend to be the way they are, monitoring-wise, as well as outlining the evolution of better strategies.
After establishing a firm foundation in Part 1 ("Monitoring Principles"), he then proceeds in Part 2 ("Monitoring Tactics") how monitoring, logging, and alerting can be realized for various parts of your system (frontend (browser-side), applications, servers, network, and security). The author's passion really shines through in the chapter on network monitoring and obvious love of SNMP ("[It] is a protocol that was simple and revolutionary when it was released but feels esoteric and arcane today. Unfortunately, it's what we've got..." [pg. 110]).
A real strength of the book is that it presents monitoring topics from the perspective of the value they provide to the business or institution. Without diluting the technical discussion, the relative merits of different types of monitoring are explored. There's even a nice closing chapter (Chapter 11, "Conducting a Monitoring Assessment") that provides an example of asking the right questions of the right people to find out what really matters to the business; this can easily be adapted to similar efforts in most organizations as a starting point for next steps.
This is a short but enjoyable book, packed with lots of practical information.
This well crafted book takes a tour not through tools and command line tricks, but rather through the philosophy and the "why" that underlies a reasonable monitoring system. It's not about whether your complex application is up or down, but rather "how up is it?"
Practical Monitoring takes you through structuring a monitoring system that works, that scales well, and doesn't make your ops team rage-quit at 3AM.