On this episode, we talk to Charity Majors, CTO at Honeycomb.io, about what everyone is getting wrong about observability, creating a healthy heartbeat for deploys, and why many in DevOps dread Friday afternoons.
Hi, my name is Charity, and I am professionally caremad about computers. I am an operations and database engineer and sometimes engineering manager. Right now I am the CTO and co-founder of Honeycomb, where we build observability for distributed systems. (“Monitoring” doesn’t have to be a dirty word; give us a try.) Until recently I was a production engineering manager at Facebook. I spent 3.5 years working on Parse (both pre and post-acquisition by FB). I also spent several years at Linden Lab, working on the infrastructure and databases that power Second Life. I am the co-author of “Database Reliability Engineering” by O’Reilly. I was a classical piano performance major in college, but dropped out because it turns out I prefer not being dirt poor. I have been building systems and engineering teams ever since. I love startups, chaos and hard scaling problems, and somehow I always end up in charge of the databases.
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.