2 unique anomalies Lucid was previously unaware of
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Watchdog will provide value to Lucid Software’s DevOps team. Torgerson was even more impressed that Watchdog could do that at no cost whatsoever to the company since Watchdog was completely free to install and use, making a proof of concept (POC) “incredibly easy” for the team, he said.download free now a
Lucid Software of South Jordan, Utah — maker of the popular Lucidchart and Lucidpress web apps — goes to great lengths to ensure high availability for its flowchart and publishing software. One usage spike in a production environment can escalate into reliability issues that can affect customers and their ability to work or access their data in a moment of service-level agreement (SLA) downtime.
With so many hardware data points to monitor (such as CPU load, swap space, and usage spikes, to name a few), David Torgerson, staff engineer and head of DevOps at Lucid Software, chose to install Watchdog on his systems to give it a try.
Since Watchdog runs on Blue Matador’s Smart Agent, a system daemon that is shared among all Blue Matador monitoring products, it was really easy for Torgerson to get it set up and start notifying him out the box without any config on his part.
“I was completely blind to it,” he said. “But now I know it’s a great indicator of potential errors over time without even setting up any alerts ahead of time.”
“Watchdog warned me there was a disk space usage rate anomaly due to load tests,” Torgerson said. “Additionally, my testing environment usually sits idle, but then as Jenkins kicked off one of our load tests, it introduced more traffic, which manifested itself as an increase in context switches.”
The alert increased Torgerson’s faith that Watchdog wasn’t going to be super spammy or lead to alert fatigue for my team, he said. Even though he had spent hours configuring other monitoring tools, he was completely confident Watchdog could alert him about issues he hadn’t even thought about setting up.
Watchdog will provide value to Lucid software’s DevOps team. Torgerson was even more impressed that Watchdog could do that at no cost whatsoever to the company since Watchdog was completely free to install and use, making a proof of concept (POC) “incredibly easy” for the team, he said.Download PDF Case Study
Offered as “free forever” software that doesn’t require a credit card or prior approval to create an account, Watchdog offers comprehensive hardware notifications like CPU overload, ulimit errors, swap space issues, and more. As part of the Blue Matador DevOps monitoring platform, Watchdog shares the same smart agent as Lumberjack, the AI-powered centralized log management tool.