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Software Telemetry

Reliable logging and monitoring
Jamie Riedesel
  • MEAP began June 2020
  • Publication in August 2021 (estimated)
  • ISBN 9781617298141
  • 560 pages (estimated)
  • printed in black & white
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Do you want to learn more about software telemetry? Don't look any further, this book is the one you need.

Sander Zegveld
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Software telemetry is the discipline of tracing, logging, and monitoring infrastructure by observing and analyzing the events generated by the system. In Software Telemetry, you’ll master the best practices for operating and updating telemetry systems. This practical guide is filled with techniques you can apply to any organization upgrading and optimizing their telemetry systems, from lean startups to well-established companies. You’ll learn troubleshooting techniques to deal with every eventuality, such as building easily-auditable systems, preventing and handling accidental data leaks, and ensuring compliance with standards like GDPR.

about the technology

Complex systems can become black boxes. Telemetry provides feedback on what’s happening inside. Telemetry systems are built for gathering, transforming, and communicating data on the performance, functionality, processing speeds, errors, and security events of production systems. There are many forms of telemetry systems, from classic centralized logging to cutting-edge distributed tracing that follows data across microservices. But despite their difference in functionality, all telemetry systems share core operational similarities—and best practices for optimizing them to support your business needs.

about the book

Software Telemetry is a guide to operating the telemetry systems that monitor and report on your applications. It takes a big picture view of telemetry, teaching you to manage your logging, metrics, and events as a complete end-to-end ecosystem. You’ll learn the base architecture that underpins any software telemetry system, allowing you to easily integrate new systems into your existing infrastructure, and how these systems work under the hood. Throughout, you’ll follow three very different companies to see how telemetry techniques impact a software-producing startup, a large legacy enterprise, and any organization that writes software for internal use. You’ll even cover how software telemetry is used by court processes—ensuring that when your first telemetry discovery request arrives, there’s no reason to panic!

what's inside

  • Processes for legal compliance
  • Cleaning up after toxic data spills and leaks
  • Safely handling toxic telemetry and confidential records
  • Multi-tenant techniques and transformation processes
  • Updating metrics aggregation and sampling traces to display accurate data for longer
  • Revising software telemetry emissions to be easier to parse
  • Justifying increased spend on telemetry software

about the reader

For software developers and infrastructure engineers supporting and building telemetry systems.

about the author

Jamie Riedesel is a staff engineer at Dropbox. She has over twenty years of experience in IT, working in government, education, legacy companies, and startups. She has specialized in DevOps for the past decade, running distributed systems in public clouds, getting over workplace trauma, and designing software telemetry architectures.

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Takes all the information needed to properly design, negotiate, build, and maintain a proper telemetry framework.

Andrew Bovill

An awesome resource about Software Telemetry.

Frederick Price

A great reference for setting up basic telemetry in a company with suggestions for best practices within your code.

Joel Holmes

You might think you know what telemetry is all about, but until you read this book you won't know what you don't know!

Richard Vaughan

This book is very valuable in its synthesizing approach. No online resources provide that.

Milorad Imbra

While striving to stay as tool-agnostic as possible, the author has truly approached the idea of data collection in a highly-organized manner.

Warren Myers

A must read for all the senior engineering staff in a SaaS company.

Krishna Aerabati

A remarkably complete collection of knowledge on all aspects of collecting, shipping, storing and analyzing logs,metrics and distributed traces.

Conor Redmond

The telemetry bible!

Sander Zegveld

An in-depth guide to operating software telemetry systems.

Sushant Bhadkamkar, Lyft

A must-have tome of knowledge written by one of the leaders in software telemetry.

Andrew Bovill, CACI International Inc.

Something for every level of distributed systems, from hardware to networking to operating systems to software.

Lokesh Kumar, Urgently