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How to Cut Through the White Noise and Improve Reaction Time to Real Problems

In this talk you will learn:

  • Why alert fatigue is dangerous
  • How we can solve it
  • Sensu core components
    • Filters
    • Round robin subscriptions
    • Check dependencies
    • Check hooks (not strictly alert fatigue but auto triage can really help in general)
  • Sensu community components
    • auto remediation: use the handler not hooks
  • External tools for on call management and paging (such as pagerduty)
  • General tuning
  • Reduction in noise in alerting (as opposed to monitoring)

Ben Abrams

Supreme Unicorn Hunter of Planet Earth and the Entire Galaxy Besides, Doximity

Ben Abrams is a technology veteran with over 10 years of experience, primarily as a systems engineer (or whatever fancier title they give him). Ben has helped startups, SMB’s, and large enterprises achieve their goals through effective use of technology. While Ben has often been categorized as a “hardcore generalist” he largely focuses on system architecture, automation, CI/CD, security, and monitoring. Ben has a special place place in his heart for OSS, he contributes to and maintains various projects including sensu. In his “spare” time he enjoys playing with his dog Ender, playing video games, and watching anime.

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