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Synthetic Monitoring vs. API Monitoring: Why You Need Both

Synthetic Monitoring vs. API Monitoring: Why You Need Both

By Chris Riley on .

There are so many different types of monitoring in the DevOps world today that it can be easy to lose track of them. There’s application performance monitoring and infrastructure monitoring. There’s user experience monitoring, uptime monitoring and real-user monitoring.

And then there’s synthetic monitoring and API monitoring—two types of monitoring that can seem similar, but are actually quite different.

Let’s take a look at what synthetic monitoring and API monitoring have in common, how they differ, and which types of use cases each supports. […]

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Categories: monitoring


What's in a Modern Software Monitoring Toolkit?

What's in a Modern Software Monitoring Toolkit?

By Twain Taylor on .

As the application stack moves from hardware-centric to cloud-centric and now to container-centric infrastructure, much is changing. Processing power is on the rise with more powerful compute instances like GPUs becoming more accessible, and compute and data storage costs are on the decline as the cloud makes resources cheaper. The application stack is becoming more complex and dynamic. With all these changes, monitoring has become more important than ever. The only way to operate in a world of distributed apps, teams, infrastructure, and cloud tooling is to monitor the entire stack end-to-end.

Monitoring used to be limited to a single tool like Nagios. These tools monitored closed systems with components that don't change regularly, and with relatively few metrics to keep track of. Then came tools like New Relic which covered application performance. Slowly, as more tools were added to the mix, monitoring was taking on a best-of-breed approach. Integrations were becoming important as data is more valuable when viewed in different contexts and using multiple tools. And then Docker happened, and the world of software delivery has never been the same.

Let's look at the various types of monitoring tools required to gain visibility [...]

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Categories: monitoring, microservices


Using Snippets and Script Libraries to Monitor AWS APIs

By Heitor Tashiro Sergent on .

One of the most common programming principles that we learn as developers is to generally avoid repeating yourself, or DRY. Copy-pasting the same lines of code is replaced with creating abstractions in the form of methods or functions that can be used and re-used in multiple places across a project, which in turn will make your code easier to understand and modify.

That same idea of avoiding repeating code can be applied to Runscope API monitors by using our Snippets and Script Libraries feature.

A few months ago we added the aws4.js library to our script-libraries repository and...

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Categories: howto, tutorial, monitoring


How Trustpilot Tests and Monitors 200 Microservices

How Trustpilot Tests and Monitors 200 Microservices

By Heitor Tashiro Sergent on .

Trustpilot's journey with Runscope began back in 2015. They started off with our free trial plan, and have since grown to almost 5 million test runs a month. They were kind enough to chat with us about their experience, and how they transitioned from a single monolithic application, to a more efficient microservice architecture with over 200 microservices and hundreds of endpoints. 

Here's Dumitru Zavrotschi sharing their story...

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Categories: customers, microservices, monitoring, testing


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