Custom alerts: What you set is what you get

Dynatrace offers powerful artificial intelligence that automatically detects performance anomalies in your environment. When such problems are detected, Dynatrace sends out real-time alerts with correlated root-cause analysis details that facilitate problem resolution. There can be situations, however, when you don’t want to receive alerts related to certain known problems. For example, you may not want to be alerted each time your free disk space drops below 30%, or when a certain… read more

Availability monitoring and alerting for process groups!

You can now configure Dynatrace to proactively alert you if any process within a specific process group goes offline or crashes. Dynatrace has also long been able to recognize the unavailability of specific processes as the root cause of certain response-time issues and other problems. However, until now, active availability monitoring and alerting was only available at the application level—made possible via web checks and real user monitoring. Now you can be… read more

Why application monitoring works better without alerts

If you've spent any time managing and monitoring software in the cloud, you probably know how annoying alerts can be. I'm here to tell you that alert-less monitoring does exist. One of the most important factors of application monitoring is setting up alerting-thresholds correctly. Unfortunately, if they're not set up correctly, you'll be spammed by countless alert emails. Being the performance hackers we are, we didn't want to wait until someone else found a solution for this problem. We decided to get rid of production alerts and it was one of the best decisions we've made. By the way, we also ditched the need to manually configure thresholds (of course, you're still able to configure them if you want to). No matter whether you're operating an environment in the classical sense or whether you're DevOps, we'd love to hear your thoughts on our approach. read more

Just Don't Panic

When we set up our application performance monitoring tool to correctly notify us about unexpected performance degradation, we often know about problems before our users start making calls to support (see our previous post on proactive APM). But what happens when we actually learn about a major performance outage? Psychologists identified two ways people falter under pressure. Some people choke: they revert to over-cautious, slow… read more