Have some downtime on your hands? Need a distraction? Check out what our authors have been covering this week in our digest below.

Several businesses of all sizes use log monitoring. There are several benefits, such as gaining more profound insights into the well-being of an application, localizing process bottlenecks, and detecting security vulnerabilities. So whether the business is a start-up, a mid-size company, or a large corporation, it’s most likely monitoring logs so it can perform better. If you want to know more about log monitoring, this guide from Michiel Mulders will introduce you to the what, why, and how. Learn more on Scalyr’s blog.

Monitoring Azure Logs and Metrics With SolarWinds Loggly

When developing software, the initial deployment is only the first step. As your software gains users, it’ll be important to understand what’s going on with your applications and how they’re being used. With a cloud provider such as Microsoft Azure, you have plenty of options in terms of reporting metrics within your applications. In fact, your head will probably spin the first time you go through the possibilities, and you may find yourself with a lot of decision fatigue as you consider what to report. Find out more from Dave Farinelli on Solarwinds’ blog. 

Monitoring NGINX Logs With SolarWinds Loggly

NGINX is the beating heart of your web application. Before a request goes to the code that eventually handles it, it passes through NGINX. In my experience, many companies treat NGINX as an afterthought. They neglect to set up things like NGINX monitoring, assuming they’ll “just know” when something goes wrong. While you’ll know if something goes wrong with NGINX, it’s not the best idea to leave the monitoring of your website’s status to your customers. Eric Boersma can fill you in on Solarwinds’ blog. 

We also updated a few posts this week, like this one on DevOps vs. SRE. If you happen to know what Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) is, you might be wondering how it relates to DevOps. Well, let’s not beat around the bush. There’s no “versus”—there’s only a different approach for how to deliver better software faster. In this post, you can get a break down each approach and show where DevOps and SRE differ. Find out more on Scalyr’s blog. 

Finally, we updated a post on StatsD. StatsD made collecting application metrics simpler for developers by instrumenting your code with specific metrics you want to observe. As a result, StatsD has become one of the most popular tools for gathering metrics data. In this post, you can get a brief tutorial of StatsD and how you can use it to measure anything in your application. Find out more on Scalyr’s blog.