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The VictorOps Android team is beyond excited to launch version 6.12 today. In this version, we started applying Google’s Material Design philosophy to the software, introducing a more natural and overall enjoyable experience. New Features As our team applies these design principles to ...
Jonathan is a platform engineer at VictorOps, responsible for system scalability and performance. This is Part 3 in a series on system visibility, the Detection and Analysis part of the Incident Management Lifecycle. If you missed them, read Part 1 and Part 2 first. Ok, logging improve...
Jonathan is a platform engineer at VictorOps, responsible for system scalability and performance. This is the second part in a series on system visibility, the Detection and Analysis part of the Incident Management Lifecycle. If you missed it, read Part 1 first. Unified Interface Like ...
Jonathan is a platform engineer at VictorOps, responsible for system scalability and performance. This is Part 1 in a 3-part series on system visibility, the detection part of incident management. These days, with infrastructures spanning tens, hundreds, even thousands of running insta...
Greg Frank is a VictorOps engineer on the plat-frastructure team. An iOT aficionado, Greg built a smart home system using SmartThings and VictorOps. Over the years, I’ve had the misfortune of experiencing some small water leaks at my house. These were minor events: a leaky ice maker an...
Detection, in the Incident Lifecycle, is the observation of a metric, at certain intervals, and the comparison of that observation against an expected value. Monitoring systems then trigger notifications and alerts based on the observation of those metrics. For many teams, on-call is p...
Ask members of a traditional DevOps team what it’s like to be on-call and you’ll likely hear a variety of answers such as, “it’s part of the job,” “it’s stressful,” or the very direct, “it sucks.” As innovative teams incorporate non-traditional Ops folks into the fold, like developers,...
I recently presented a webinar with DevOps.com about the behaviors we see in teams who represent the leading edge of Incident Management. Using the Incident Management Lifecycle as a jumping off point, we explored 10 tips that nest into each of the 5 phases of an incidents’ lifec...
Wolfgang Beer, Technical Product Manager at Dynatrace, co-wrote this article. Microservices can be game-changing if, as Martin Fowler says and Adam Drake explains, you have rapid provisioning, basic monitoring, and rapid deployment already in place. And when microservices meet containe...
When our friends at Monitis wanted to include us in a case study they wrote featuring Skyscanner, we said of course. In fact, we published this Skyscanner case study: Alerting Beyond Ops Metrics, last year. This write-up, written by Monitis, showcases how Skyscanner benefited from the ...
If you haven’t picked up your copy of the O’Reilly book, ChatOps, by Jason Hand, then go get the free download for a comprehensive understanding of group chat. This excerpt on Chatbots gives great tips on the most common bots. From firing off an API call to resetting a server, chatbots...
Splunk, a fan favorite platform for operational intelligence, transforms machine-generated data into valuable insights that can help make your business more productive, profitable, and secure. We are excited to announce the new and improved VictorOps For Splunk application, available i...
Denzel Washington. Sheryl Sandberg. Tina Fey. These are just a few well-known people who admit to bouts of Impostor Syndrome: when you view yourself as a fraud, despite evidence of your success and achievements. I feel this way sometimes. Maybe you do too. Impostor Syndrome often hits ...
Cage Data, a DevOps consulting firm and Managed Service Provider (MSP), helps clients like Charter Oak Financial Group and Bio-Techne build product delivery processes that rival the likes of fast-moving tech companies. Based in Wallingford, CT, right near the insurance capital of Hartf...
Alex Wellock, a senior IT engineer at VictorOps, knows a thing or two about Docker. Before joining us in November, he worked at HP on the Docker/HP Enterprise partnership, setting up Containers as a Service with Docker Universal Control Plane. In February, Maggie Gourlay wrote about at...
We announced the arrival of our Incident Automation Engine last week. In case you missed it, our engine is comprised of many powerful features from our incident management platform, everything from our alert annotations tool to our newest offering of outbound webhooks. Outbound webhook...
If you’re not from around here, you may not know that kombucha was officially voted the beverage of Boulder last year. Not really. But once you’ve lived here long enough, it does become both your moral prerogative & an exciting challenge to make your own batch of kombuc...
It’s time to find a better way of dealing with incidents. Fortunately, we have good news for you. And it’s called the Incident Automation Engine. Unlike other incident management tools that focus on triaging alerts and notifications, the VictorOps Incident Automation Engine...
When you don’t know what’s at stake during an outage, it can be difficult to advocate for new tools that might improve your process. How are your customers affected when your site goes down? Any idea what kind of money your company is losing every minute your app doesn̵...
Summer is kicking off and we are on the road in search of the best and brightest minds to talk about all things DevOps. We just finished our second stop in Seattle, Washington – floating 100 ft up on a private floor in the Space Needle. The entire event was filled with panoramic ...
The season of DevOpsDays events is in full swing and one thing I’ve noticed is how passionate people are about DevOps. Teams want to improve the way things are done in their companies to ultimately reach the goals they have set for themselves. I started thinking about the things ...
We thought it might be time to take a break from naming our releases after favorite alcoholic beverages. Call it a seasonal detox but we decided to go in a different direction…and name our release after the one thing we like drinking when we’re not drinking our favorite alc...
Our event in Denver was both educational & fun…and the current plan is to make even more magic happen in Seattle. To start with, our DevOps Roadtrip Seattle gathering is taking place at one of the most iconic landmarks in the Pacific Northwest – the Space Needle. Join u...
In today’s world, a company must be a Learning Organization in order to be successful and innovative. Learning from both failure and success, in order to implement small incremental improvements is critical. But until you implement and apply new information, you haven’t tru...
At VictorOps, we’re obviously trying to make the lives of those on-call better. But we don’t just stop there. We’re committed to improving the lives of those in our community and elsewhere. Which is why we’re so proud to announce our newest initiative, GiveOps. As you might guess, Give...
When most people hear the phrase “on-call”, they likely think of doctors, or folks in the medical profession. But those of us in IT know there’s another on-call world — one where Operations & Development Teams alike are awakened at 2 am to a notification telling them their se...
We’d only thought we were “cool” until today… Recently we got news that made it official; VictorOps is cool. The annual report from Gartner named VictorOps in its 2016 “Cool Vendor” in DevOps report. This report highlights companies that are uniquely innovative, impactful and intriguin...
No one likes being kept in the dark when there’s an outage. For many organizations, limited resources mean choosing between communicating to internal & external constituents or allocating additional resources to the front lines of a firefight. Fortunately, with StatusPage.io,...
Boulder Startup Week is a very special time for us. We’ve participated both in 2014 and 2015, so this year shall be no different. Not only do we get a chance to give back to the community, but we have the opportunity to open up our doors, show off our office space and talk to oth...
In honor of Passover and the not-so-good wine that everyone loves, we present you with Manischewitz. Like its namesake, this release is a response to many requests from those most important to us (our customers) and is guaranteed to go down sweetly, if not smoothly. Read on to see why ...
[This is a guest post from Ian Neveu, a Cloud Services Engineer at Entrust. We cannot thank him enough for sharing his knowledge and contributing to our blog!] Everyone has experienced a period at their organization when all calamity breaks loose and the flood gates of Hades open up an...
Congratulations. You’ve been added to a team in VictorOps and your on-call rotation is about to suck less. But before that can actually happen, you’ll need to go in and set up a few things. No need to worry though, because we’ve got your back. From invitation email to...
What are these magical creatures that you keep hearing people talking about? Does MVR stand for Most Valuable Runner? How can linking to a document help your team perform better during an incident? We want to answer all these questions for you, and more, in our upcoming webinar, The Im...
It’s back and it’s bigger than ever. DevOpsDays Rockies is happening in a few days. In addition to being in our backyard, Jason Hand, a familiar DevOps evangelist, is one of the organizers and will be acting as MC for the event. And as if all that’s not enough, we have two people (Will...
Fortunately, the name of this release has nothing to do with the state of suffering that souls inhabit before entering heaven and everything to do with a cocktail made up of both Chartreuse and Benedictine. Originally credited to Ted Kilgore, the Purgatory is about as simple a cocktail...
The first stop on the DevOps Roadtrip was an exceptional gathering of those in the Denver metro area interested in learning more about DevOps and those who are already taking the steps to make that transition happen. It was a meeting of the minds, deep within the Broncos stadium, and i...
Last week, we had our first internal hackathon and it was a raging success. We knew that we wanted to hack on our outbound webhooks feature because there’s a lot of cool stuff that you can do with an outbound webhook. If you don’t believe me, be sure to scroll down and check out the in...
This is exciting news. Like, really exciting. We’ve been reading the DevOps Weekly newsletter for years now. It’s obvious how much work Gareth puts into the newsletter, curating the content himself and including an awesome mix of technical and high-level articles. Everything from confe...
It was time to update our mobile apps in a big way. Call it spring cleaning, call it an updated look for a new year…we’re calling it a much-needed refresh. We touched on the changes to the Android UI in our last Release Notes blog post, but iOS users, have no fear. You have not b...
There’s been a lot of discussion around post-mortems lately, both in the DevOps space and outside of it. Why do them? Should they be blameless? How often? Who runs them? SO MANY QUESTIONS. We’ve been asking some of those same questions for the past two years now. From our 2...