Honeycomb

San Francisco, CA, USA
2016
Jun 17, 2021   |  By Fred Hebert
But it’s better than nothing… Most of the industry is racing to adopt better observability practices, and they’re discovering lots of power in being able to see and measure what their systems are doing. High data availability is better than none, so for the time being, what we get is often impressive. There’s a qualitative difference between observability and data availability, and this post aims to highlight it and orient how we structure our telemetry.
Jun 16, 2021   |  By George Miranda
Today, we released our second annual Observability Maturity Community Research Findings report. This year-over-year report identifies trends occurring in the observability community that we use to further develop our Observability Maturity Model. Our goal in running this annual report is to understand community perceptions and awareness of observability, how engineering teams are approaching observability, and mapping an observability maturity model that reflects current research findings.
Jun 10, 2021   |  By Christine Yen
Today at o11ycon+hnycon—right now, actually, if you’re reading this blog when it was posted—we’re announcing several new Honeycomb features during the keynote. Our industry and community have come a long way since we burst onto the scene, and I’m delighted to give you another version of Honeycomb that continues to demonstrate what’s possible with observability. And it includes metrics.
May 24, 2021   |  By George Miranda
With the Honeycomb extension for AWS Lambda, you no longer need to make your Lambda functions Honeycomb-aware. Today, AWS announced the general availability of AWS Lambda Extensions, which make it easy for us to send logs from your Lambda functions directly to Honeycomb. In October, we announced Honeycomb’s extension for AWS Lambda as part of a preview launch. Today, we’re pleased to announce everyone can now use this extension to easily debug their AWS Lambda functions with Honeycomb.
May 6, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
In case you missed it, this webinar includes code walkthroughs that help you to add observability to your pipelines (using a free Honeycomb account!) so that you and your team can speed up your deployments to prod. This is also a risk-free way to get started with observability if your team isn’t quite yet ready to change your production apps.
Apr 29, 2021   |  By Shelby Spees
During my office hours, I frequently get asked for practical tips on getting started with observability. Often it’s from folks on teams who are already practicing continuous delivery (or trying to get there) and are interested in more advanced practices like progressive delivery. They know observability can help—but as individual contributors—they don’t sign the checks, so they feel powerless to help get their team started with observability.
Apr 16, 2021   |  By George Miranda
Starting today, Honeycomb’s Management API is generally available to all Honeycomb users. The Honeycomb Management API is a set of endpoints that lets you programmatically set up, configure, and delete queries, datasets, derived columns, and more. With this release, you can now manage Honeycomb with configuration as code either directly via API or with third-party tools, like Terraform, using the community-contributed Honeycomb provider.
Apr 8, 2021   |  By Fred Hebert
Over the last few months, Honeycomb’s platform team migrated to a new iteration of our ingest pipeline for customer events. Our migration to this newer architecture did not go too smoothly, as can be attested by our status page since February. There were also many near-incidents where we got paged and reacted quickly enough to avoid major issues. We’ve decided to write a full overview of all the challenges we had encountered, which you can can download.
Apr 1, 2021   |  By Liz Fong-Jones
A year ago, we wrote about our experiences as early adopters of Graviton2, and how we were able to see 30% price-performance improvements on one dogfood workload from switching to the arm64 architecture. In those initial experiments, we validated running 20% fewer shepherd ingest workers, using the m6g instance type, which cost 10% less per instance compared to c5 instances.
Mar 23, 2021   |  By Nathan LeClaire
The current landscape of what our customers are dealing with in monitoring and observability can be a bit of a mess. For one thing, there are varying expectations and implementations when it comes to observability data. For another, most customers have to lean on a hodgepodge of tools that might blend open source and proprietary, require extensive onboarding as team members have to learn which tools are used for what, and have a steep learning curve in general.
Mar 4, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
Cloud-native and serverless technologies are gaining traction as organizations increasingly recognize the value of containers and Kubernetes in application development environments. As a result, the cloud-native ecosystem is growing at a healthy pace. In this topic spotlight, we take a look at the cloud-native landscape and discuss its impact on DevOps, application security and more. Some of the issues discussed during the webinar include.
Feb 8, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
Feb 8, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
Jan 22, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
There is a yawning gap opening up between the best and the rest — the elite top few percent of engineering teams are making incredible gains year over year in reliability and lack of technical drag forces, while the bottom 50% are losing ground. Take an engineer out of an elite-performing team and place them in the bottom 50%, and they become subpar too; take an engineer out of a mediocre team and embed them in an elite team, and they are pulling their weight within the year. I will share with you everything I know — everything that went into building a high-performing team at Honeycomb.
Jan 21, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
Six-minute Honeycomb Product demo with Nathan LeClaire
Jan 13, 2021   |  By Honeycomb
Do you know exactly what your builds are doing at every step of the way to prod and after they’ve been deployed? A key part of what lets you ship code to production often and quickly is having observability in your builds. Together, CircleCI and Honeycomb can help you get both speed and quality when shipping code to production. In this webinar, we’ll not only examine how CircleCI and Honeycomb work well together, we’ll also look at how Honeycomb used both products together to identify changes that impacted their build times and reduced them by 25%.
Dec 4, 2020   |  By Honeycomb
People with infrastructure experience and operational experience like “DevOps Engineer”, “SRE”, “Platform Engineer” have started to see those two skill sets diverge. It’s not very clear what that split means for these skilled technical people as they approach the next phase of their careers.
Sep 30, 2020   |  By Honeycomb
Honeycomb is an event-based observability tool, but you can-and should-use metrics alongside your events. Fortunately, Honeycomb can analyze both types of data at the same time. When maturing from metrics-based application monitoring to an observability-based development practice, there are considerations that can make the transformation easier for you and your team.
Aug 24, 2020   |  By Honeycomb
Evaluating observability tools can be a daunting task when you're unfamiliar with key considerations and possibilities. This guide steps through various capabilities for observability tooling and why they matter.
Aug 11, 2018   |  By Honeycomb
This document discusses the history, concept, goals, and approaches to achieving observability in today's software industry, with an eye to the future benefits and potential evolution of the software development practice as a whole.

Honeycomb is a tool for introspecting and interrogating your production systems. We can gather data from any source—from your clients (mobile, IoT, browsers), vendored software, or your own code. Single-node debugging tools miss crucial details in a world where infrastructure is dynamic and ephemeral. Honeycomb is a new type of tool, designed and evolved to meet the real needs of platforms, microservices, serverless apps, and complex systems.

Honeycomb provides full stack observability—designed for high cardinality data and collaborative problem solving, enabling engineers to deeply understand and debug production software together. Founded on the experience of debugging problems at the scale of millions of apps serving tens of millions of users, we empower every engineer to instrument and query the behavior of their system.