Monitoring and Alerting Best Practices Guide

Optimize your alerting strategy to free up time in your day.

Alerting is an essential aspect of preventing downtime, but it can also be one of the most frustrating & time-consuming parts of your job.

This guide includes best practices that you can implement immediately to optimize your monitoring and alerting strategy. Following these best practices will help ensure three related outcomes:

  • Monitoring is in place to catch critical conditions and alert the right people.
  • Noise is reduced and you or your team are not needlessly disrupted.
  • Time spent on alerts is reduced, enabling time for the things you’d rather be doing.
Monitoring and Alerting Best Practices Guide

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In this guide, we’ll cover a variety of topics, including:

  • How to avoid an alert system failure
  • How to Set Up Alerts
    • Establish alert routing and escalation chains
    • Structure effective alert messages
  • Alerting Best Practices
    • Handle alerts properly
    • Set and tune alert thresholds
    • Avoid alert fatigue and alert storms
    • Learn from missed alerts
  • The Future of Alerting
    • Examine the role of AIOps in self-healing IT infrastructures
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To achieve true observability, you first need visibility into your IT systems and applications, and to be able to monitor operational statuses and diagnostic data in real-time.

Matt Yturri