Sit back and enjoy golden hour today. Maybe even spend that time catching up with our authors. You can peruse through what they’ve been writing about below.

Managing and Analyzing Firewall Logs

Firewalls are a critical part of any organization’s defense in depth strategy. They serve a key role in protecting your network against malicious actors, and they do this well. But they also have a dirty little secret. Find out what it is from Eric Boersma on Solarwinds’ blog.

What Your Router Logs Say About Your Network

Routers play a key role in any network. If you’re like most network engineers, you usually spend most of the time working with routers (as opposed to other network devices). In smaller networks, routers may even be the only devices managing traffic. Router logs can tell you a lot about your network. In this post from Dawid Ziolkowski, you can learn how to analyze router logs efficiently on Solarwinds’ blog.

How to Diagnose App Issues Using Crash Logs

When apps crash, they generate logs containing information related to where the issues causing the crash occurred. Looking at these logs is a great place to start your effort toward diagnosing and fixing the crash. Find out more from Pius Aboyi on Solarwinds’ blog.

What Is Data Masking and How Do We Do It?

As the amount of confidential data increases, so does the need to protect it. Data masking helps secure private data from malicious third parties wanting to abuse it. In this article, you can find out about the process of data masking and why it’s crucial for protecting sensitive data. Learn more from Michiel Mulders on Enov8’s blog.

Failure Metrics in Depth: MTTR vs. MTBF vs. MTTF

This post features a detailed comparison of three DevOps metrics that are vital for enterprises and tech organizations in general. They are, respectively, MTTR, MTBF, and MTTF. So how different—or not—are these metrics from each other? Is there any difference between “repairing” and “fixing”? What qualifies as a failure? Find out the answers from Carlos Schults on Plutora’s blog.

Microservices vs API: Understanding Both and How They Differ

Sometimes the terms “microservices” and “API” might be confusing because some folks are using them interchangeably. However, when you break down these concepts, you notice that they’re two completely separate things. An API is a communication pattern, and microservices are an architectural pattern. But sometimes people refer to microservices as APIs, and that’s where the confusion might lie. Christian Meléndez can break it down for you on Plutora’s blog. 

When you have a great idea, you can make an application for it. Once the vanilla version is ready and out for use, it’s all about making the application better. You can start improving the application, providing new features, and impressing the user in different ways. But how can you know what is better for your application and how to impress the user? Understanding what your user wants is critical. One of the best ways of finding out is by making use of event data. Learn all about event data from Omkar Hiremath on Scalyr’s blog.

We also recently updated a post on Grafana plugins. We can collect usage logs for every application we use. Additionally, we can generate development metrics to improve the development process. We can also analyze data to keep an eye on the health of our production environments. For all described tasks, and many more, Grafana has a plugin the can help you. Find out more on Scalyr’s blog.