Custom App Metrics with Datadog [Part 2]

Brad Campbell Cloud Technology, DevOps, Managed Service Provider

In my last post, we discovered how to customize some of Datadog’s pre-packaged integrations to build actionable insights for SQL-backed applications quickly. In this post, we are going to dive a bit deeper and look at how we might integrate Datadog with pre-built/custom metrics tooling (such as a shell script, for example). As I wrapped up the last post, I …

Custom App Metrics with Datadog

Brad Campbell Cloud Technology, DevOps, Managed Service Provider

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” This quote, attributed to Peter Drucker, has held a lot of sway over the years in management circles where high-level business processes are created, iterated, tweaked, and refined to ensure that revenues (and hopefully, profits) lead to healthy, long-lasting companies. At Blue Sentry, our Managed Services offering is built upon this …

Deconstructing Decentralized Teams

Brad Campbell Amazon Web Services, Cloud Commuting, Cloud Technology, Remote Work Experience

When I think about successful companies that “work together” to get things done, the word “collaboration” always coalesces in my mind. And with it comes images of people working together: these images often take the shape of people huddling around a computer, pondering together over some difficult engineering problem in front of a whiteboard, or pounding out some issue in …

Terraform with Cloud Init on EC2 Instances in Private Subnets with VPC Endpoints

Brad Campbell Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology

Recently, I was working on a Terraform script for a client that required some instance-level provisioning at creation time. The user_data atrribute of Terraform’s aws_instance provider is a perfect use-case for this sort of setup. In this case, I was working with an Amazon Linux AMI, so I elected to work with cloud-init as my user_data mechanism (vs vanilla shell …