Skywalking Alternatives

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  • Common Performance Management Mistakes
    7 projects | | 21 Dec 2021
    Apache Sky Walking is a powerful, distributed performance and log analysis platform. It can monitor applications written in .NET Core, Java, PHP, Node.js, Golang, LUA, C++, and Python. It supports cloud integration and contains features like performance optimization, slow service and endpoint detection, service topology map analysis, and much more. See the feature map in the image below:
  • Don't start with microservices – monoliths are your friend
    5 projects | | 16 Dec 2021
    In my experience, i've seen the modular code approach more often than separate deployment approach, quite possibly because the latter is still a bit harder to do when compared to just having 1 instance (or people are just lazy and don't want to take the risk of breaking things that were working previously for future gains), but sooner or later the question of scalability does come up, at least in successful projects.

    Let me tell you, as someone who has delivered a critical code fix for business continuity after midnight a few times, slapping N instances of an app runtime in a data center somewhere is way easier than having to struggle with optimizations and introduce more complexity in the form of caches, or write out Hibernate queries as really long and hard to debug SQL because people previously didn't care enough about performance testing or simply didn't have a feasible way to simulate the loads that the system could run into, all while knowing that if your monolith also contains scheduled processes, none of your optimizations will even matter, because those badly optimized processes will eat up all of the resources and crash the app anyways.

    In short, the architecture that you choose will also help you mitigate certain risks. Which ones you should pay attention to, however, depends on the specifics of your system and any compliance requirements etc. Personally, as a developer, fault tolerance is up there among the things that impact the quality of my life the most, and it's pretty hard to do it well in a monolith.

    In my eyes the problem with contracts is also worthy of discussion, though my view is a bit different - there will always be people who will mess things up, regardless of whether you expect them to use modules someone else wrote and contribute to a codebase while following some set of standards or expectations, or whether you expect them to use some web API in a sane manner. I've seen systems that refuse to acknowledge that they've been given a 404 for a request numerous times (in a business process where the data cannot reappear) and just keep making the same request ad infinitum, whenever the scheduled process on their side needs to run.

    So, having a web API contract can make managing responsibility etc. easier, however if no one has their eye on the overall architecture and how things are supposed to fit together (and if you don't have instrumentation in place to actually tell you whether things do fit together in the way you expect), then you're in for a world of hurt.

    To that end, when people need to work with distributed systems of any sort, i urge them to consider introducing APM tools as well, such as Apache Skywalking: (sub-par interface, but simple to set up, supports a decent variety of technologies and can be self hosted on prem)

    Or, you know, at least have log shipping in place, like Graylog: (simpler to setup than Elastic Stack, pretty okay as far as the functionality goes, also can be self hosted on prem)

  • Latest top 21 APM tools [open-source included] 🧑‍💻🚀
    3 projects | | 5 Oct 2021
    This open-source APM tool is focused on monitoring distributed systems, including microservices, cloud-native, and container-based architectures.
  • Top 13 open source APM tools in 2021
    14 projects | | 28 Jul 2021
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