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Sep 23, 2021   |  By Charity Majors
Two years ago, I wrote a long retrospective of observability for its third anniversary. It includes a history of instrumentation and telemetry, a detailed explanation of the technical spec, and why the whole “three pillars” thing is nonsense. At the time, it’s what was needed to steer conversations away from silly rabbit holes about data types and back to what matters: how we understand our systems.
Sep 16, 2021   |  By Eric Thompson
Sampling is the practice of extracting a subset of data from a dataset to make conclusions about that larger dataset. It’s far from a perfect solution, but when it’s implemented with Refinery, Honeycomb’s trace-aware sampling proxy, sampling can help you manage very high volumes of complex event data.
Sep 8, 2021   |  By Yeesheen Yang
Starting today, Honeycomb Metrics is now generally available to all Enterprise customers. You’ve adopted our event-based observability practices, in part to overcome the debugging roadblocks you hit when using custom metrics to identify application issues. But metrics do still provide value at the systems level. Now, you can easily see and use your metrics data alongside your event data in Honeycomb—all in one interface.
Sep 2, 2021   |  By Guest Blogger
There’s no strict definition of a distributed system. But generally speaking, if you have reached a point where you’re running more than five interdependent services at once, that means you’re running a distributed system. It also means you are more than likely experiencing difficulties when troubleshooting using traditional debugging tools. Unfortunately, pulling up multiple tools, each built for a monolithic world, doesn’t help pinpoint the problem.
Aug 23, 2021   |  By Evelyn Chea
Register for the webinar and download the full study to see and apply Forrester’s financial model to determine the observability ROI for your organization. Many teams want to adopt observability and Honeycomb—but run into budget roadblocks because budget holders may not clearly understand the quantifiable benefits to their end users, their teams, and the bottom line.
Aug 17, 2021   |  By Phillip Carter
OpenTelemetry (or “OTel”) helps you get your instrumentation started quickly, and it helps you get the most out of that telemetry data by providing flexible exporting options. As a result, it’s emerging as the new standard for instrumentation. To that end, today we’re sharing more insight into the work we’ve done (and are doing) to enable a path for all Honeycomb users toward OTel adoption. We hope you’ll be as excited as we are to embrace these open standards!
Aug 12, 2021   |  By Alex Vondrak
Honeycomb is known for its incredibly fast performance: you can sift through billions of rows, comparing high-cardinality data across thousands of fields, and get fast answers to your queries. And none of that is possible without our purpose-built distributed column store. This post is an introduction to what a distributed column store is, how it functions, and why a distributed column store is a fundamental requirement for achieving observability.
Aug 5, 2021   |  By Yeesheen Yang
Your feedback is what makes Honeycomb better. We ship changes often (you can see updates in real time on our changelog), so it can be easy to miss some of the new improvements that can help you get the most out of Honeycomb. Whether it’s a big new product feature or an enhancement of existing features, you may not always be up on the latest goodness waiting for you in Honeycomb.
Jul 29, 2021   |  By Ben Hartshorne
If there’s one thing folks working in internet services love saying, it’s: "Yeah, sure, but that won’t scale." It’s an easy complaint to make, but in this post, we’ll walk through building a service using an approach that doesn’t scale in order to learn more about the problem. (And in the process, discovering that it actually did scale much longer than one would expect.)
Jul 22, 2021   |  By Eric Thompson
Rich Anakor, chief solutions architect at Vanguard, is on a small team with a big goal: Give Vanguard customers a better experience by enabling internal engineering teams to better understand their massively complex production environment—and to do that quickly across the entire organization, in the notoriously slow-moving financial services industry. They also had a big problem: The production environment itself.
Jul 12, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
The 2021 Observability Maturity Community Research report is the first year-over-year look at the observability landscape and how practices are evolving. And they are 3X more likely to deliver high customer satisfaction. Which practices make all the difference when it comes to advancing the impact of your observability practice? Honeycomb's VP of Engineering, Emily Nakashima leads a discussion with Redmonk Co-founder James Governor, Honeycomb CTO and Co-founder Charity Majors, and Eaze's Sr. Software Engineer, Joe Thackery.
Jun 22, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
presented at o11ycon+hnycon, June 9-10, 2021 Christine Yen, CEO & Co-founder @ Honeycomb, Peter Alvaro, Assistant Professor of Computer Science @ US Santa Cruz, Charity Majors, CTO & Co-founder @ Honeycomb The Future of Observability
Jun 22, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
presented at o11ycon+hnycon, June 9-10, 2021 Nora Jones, CEO @ Jeli, Charity Majors, CTO & Co-founder@ Honeycomb o11ycon Keynote Nora Jones and Charity Majors will share their experiences leading major movements shaping the future of shipping software. Nora Jones is CEO of Jeli, and former engineer at Netflix and Slack will share her research and experience with Chaos Engineering, human factors, and site reliability. Charity Majors is Honeycomb's CTO and co-founder, who pioneered Observability as a software practice for modern teams.
Jun 22, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
Presented at o11ycon+hnycon, June 9–10, 2021 Max Edmands, Staff Product Engineer @ Honeycomb Introducing Honeycomb Metrics
Jun 21, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
presented at o11ycon+hnycon, June 9-10, 2021 Liz Fong-Jones, Principal Developer Advocate @ Honeycomb Releasing and Debugging Software in Production with Honeycomb
Jun 21, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
OpenTelemetry, Not Just for Production Troubleshooting: How to Prevent Downtime as Early as Local Dev OpenTelemetry is a great tool for observability and debugging in production. It provides you with data that empowers understanding of what is slow or broken, as well as what you can do to fix problems that occur in production. But what if you could leverage those same OpenTelemetry capabilities in pre-production? What if you could use those capabilities during development and testing phases to proactively prevent downtime in production?
Jun 21, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
Distributed tracing is generally a binary affair—it's off or on. Either a trace is sampled or, according to a flag, it's not. Span placement is also assumed to be an "always-on" system where spans are always added if the trace is active. For general availability and service-level objectives, this is usually good enough. But when we encounter problems, we need more. In this talk, I'll show you how to "turn up the dial" with detailed diagnostic spans and span events that are inserted using dynamic conditions.
Jun 21, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
Panel Guests: Amy Tobey | Equinix Metal, Andrew Hayworth | GitHub, Liz Fong-Jones | Honeycomb, Ted Young | Lightstep The modern open source landscape is hard enough, given the (sometimes) conflicting interests of commercial partners, end-users, and project maintainers. It takes a real, intentional effort to build collaborative relationships across these groups in order to make improvements to projects. In this panel, we'll share stories about what's worked from our involvement in OpenTelemetry as maintainers, community representatives, and end-users.
Mar 4, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
Cloud-native and serverless technologies are gaining traction as organizations increasingly recognize the value of containers and Kubernetes in application development environments. As a result, the cloud-native ecosystem is growing at a healthy pace. In this topic spotlight, we take a look at the cloud-native landscape and discuss its impact on DevOps, application security and more. Some of the issues discussed during the webinar include.
Feb 8, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
Sep 30, 2020   |  By Honeycomb
Honeycomb is an event-based observability tool, but you can-and should-use metrics alongside your events. Fortunately, Honeycomb can analyze both types of data at the same time. When maturing from metrics-based application monitoring to an observability-based development practice, there are considerations that can make the transformation easier for you and your team.
Aug 24, 2020   |  By Honeycomb
Evaluating observability tools can be a daunting task when you're unfamiliar with key considerations and possibilities. This guide steps through various capabilities for observability tooling and why they matter.
Aug 11, 2018   |  By Honeycomb
This document discusses the history, concept, goals, and approaches to achieving observability in today's software industry, with an eye to the future benefits and potential evolution of the software development practice as a whole.

Honeycomb is a tool for introspecting and interrogating your production systems. We can gather data from any source—from your clients (mobile, IoT, browsers), vendored software, or your own code. Single-node debugging tools miss crucial details in a world where infrastructure is dynamic and ephemeral. Honeycomb is a new type of tool, designed and evolved to meet the real needs of platforms, microservices, serverless apps, and complex systems.

Honeycomb provides full stack observability—designed for high cardinality data and collaborative problem solving, enabling engineers to deeply understand and debug production software together. Founded on the experience of debugging problems at the scale of millions of apps serving tens of millions of users, we empower every engineer to instrument and query the behavior of their system.