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Monitoring Microservices in Production with Lightbend Platform

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Monitoring Microservices in Production with Lightbend Platform

With Duncan DeVore and Henrik Engström

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Audience: DevOps, Architect
Technical level: Intermediate

Reactive systems are the next major evolution of the Internet. They allow for applications to be responsive, scalable and resilient by building on a fully message-driven foundation; but though the Reactive approach enables us to build highly scalable and resilient applications, it also introduces new challenges in how to monitor them.

The issue is that almost every current monitoring tool relies on a stack frame-based approach where using the stack trace can provide good answers to what caused exceptional states.

In asynchronous, message-driven applications, this approach no longer provides any useful information about issues like bottlenecks, hotspots and performance degradation. We therefore need to invent new approaches for how to monitor these types of applications.

During this session by Lightbend experts Henrik Engström and Duncan Devore, we take a look at the traditional approach to monitoring synchronous applications, what it takes to successfully monitor asynchronous applications, and finally show the way we have chosen to build a monitoring tool for Reactive systems at Lightbend.

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