Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX

360-degree observability

Ilan Rabinovitch (Datadog)
5:05pm5:45pm Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Location: Ballroom E
Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 5 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Product engineers, product managers, administrators, and site reliability engineers

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of n-tier systems and concepts and how you deploy and monitor applications in your organization

What you'll learn

  • Understand which types of tools you should use for different aspects of your job
  • Learn how to connect and pipe data from different types of tools to provide a full picture
  • Explore frameworks for defining key metrics for your organization and services


Many of our organizations are drowning in monitoring data or juggling handfuls of tools, but have we truly achieved observability of our organizational and service health? How do we stop measuring CPU and start focusing on customer satisfaction and organizational success?

With a growing number of monitoring projects and hundreds of monitoring services vying for your attention and business, it’s difficult to determine which tool to pick. How do you avoid metric overload and pager fatigue? The answer is rarely a single tool—much like the Unix toolchain, monitoring tools are complementary rather than competitive.

Ilan Rabinovitch breaks down the expansive landscape of monitoring tooling to help you connect the dots between the different tools in your monitoring tool belt and presents a framework for 360-degree observability. You’ll leave with a clear understanding of the monitoring landscape and how the different categories of tools can connect to answer critical questions about the health of your services, teams, and customers.

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Ilan Rabinovitch


Ilan Rabinovitch is vice president of product and community at Datadog, where he spends his days diving into container monitoring metrics, collaborating with Datadog’s open source community, and evangelizing observability best practices. Previously, Ilan spent a number of years leading infrastructure and reliability engineering teams at organizations such as Ooyala and He’s active in the open source and DevOps communities, where he is a co-organizer of events such as SCALE and Texas Linux Fest as well as a number of devopsdays events.