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Integrate GitHub and Slack

Integrating GitHub and Slack with your monitoring system

To integrate GitHub and Slack with your monitoring system, reach out to MetricFire. Book a demo with the MetricFire team to discuss integrating GitHub and Slack and how that can support your monitoring system.

What is GitHub?

GitHub is a service for hosting code and doing version control for code. The foundations of GitHub is "Git" - which is an open source version control system. 

Git allows multiple coders to contribute to one project, while remembering which is the most up-to-date version. Git also remembers who contributed and what they contributed to the project. All modifications and revisions are stored in a central repository, and contributions are made through a pull request. 

Pull requests can be made by anybody, but they must be approved by the repository admin. In some projects, pull requests can be contributed without approval. However, most projects have some quality assurance processes. 

When doing application performance monitoring for a project built in GitHub, you’ll want to export data about your GitHub setup into your regular monitoring dashboards. You want to monitor when changes happen, and the effect they have on your system. 

For example, if you make a change to your code, and suddenly the latency of requests to your server increases - you’ll want to know exactly which pull request caused that change. If you didn’t know that there were any changes in your code, then you wouldn’t be able to correlate the change in your code with the changes in how your system is behaving. This will slow down your debugging process. 

With MetricFire, you can get all of your monitoring dashboards automatically annotated with the changes you’ve made to your code in GitHub. If there are any changes in behavior, a small note will be present in the graph to tell you what’s happening in your environment. 

This enables you to automatically monitor the correlation between GitHub changes and how your system is functioning.

What is Slack?

Slack is a popular channel-based messaging platform that improves business communication and collaboration. This cloud-based solution offers enterprise-grade security and scalability, along with many innovative features that make it easier to have quality work conversations.

The core functionality of Slack revolves around chat rooms where users send messages and files. You can organize these rooms by topics, teams, projects, office locations, and other categories to keep the discussions highly relevant to that work. Users can also directly message each other. In addition to text messages, voice, screen sharing, and video chats are also supported.

You have a lot of flexibility in working with Slack. Your channels can be open to everyone in the organization, available for users outside of your organization, or made private for a subset of employees. A robust search function simplifies the process of looking up information, so it’s readily available. There is also an option of free-to-use and paid plans.

 

Slack workspaces create a central repository for work-related information, whether that’s being shared in messages, file attachments, links, or other formats. Slack performance monitoring allows you to see how your organization is utilizing this platform, whether it’s having issues, and ways to optimize it for your specific use cases.

One of Slack’s strengths is its integration support with many software types, allowing you to perform your work without leaving the workspace. For example, when you connect MetricFire and Slack, you can send immediate notifications to a specific channel so the right staff members see it. Since the alerts show up in a centralized communications tool being used for other daily work activities, they get noticed and acted on faster.

How to integrate GitHub and Slack with your monitoring system

To integrate GitHub and Slack with your monitoring system, sign up for a free trial with MetricFire. Talk with the MetricFire team about how to integrate GitHub and Slack and get GitHub and Slack interacting with your MetricFire dashboards directly.

What is MetricFire?

MetricFire is a full-scale platform that offers infrastructure, system, and application monitoring using a suite of open-source monitoring tools. The platform allows you to use either Prometheus- or Graphite-as-a-Service and have your metrics displayed on aesthetically-pleasing Grafana dashboards. 

     

MetricFire offers its users a complete ecosystem of end-to-end infrastructure monitoring, which is made up of three of the most popular open-source monitoring software services: Prometheus, Graphite, and Grafana. As well, plugins for a number of other open-source projects are preconfigured, such as StatsD, collectd, and Kubernetes. You get all these within a hosted environment as a single product. Not only does MetricFire fit well into the infrastructure monitoring use-case, such as network monitoring and server monitoring, we also do application monitoring and business intelligence.

        

Through this hosted environment, MetricFire works to boost the unique features of the open source projects to give you more functionality than the original products. Below are some of the MetricFire features at a glance: 

Cloud and on Premise Monitoring

Hosted Prometheus

Hosted Graphite

Grafana Dashboards

        

Whether to use Prometheus or Graphite is a great question. We’ve looked deeper into this decision in our blog article, Prometheus or Graphite. While Prometheus is a newer software that has a multidimensional data structure, Graphite is robust and sufficient. The key thing to remember is that Hosted Graphite by MetricFire is more than just Graphite. Our Hosted Graphite product actually adds data dimensionality and better data storage.

       

The benefits of MetricFire are:

    

No vendor lock-ins
MetricFire allows you to request for a full export at any time, because you will always own the data you input. You get all the benefits of an open-source tool with the stability and security of a SaaS tool. 
      

Easy Budgeting
A structured pricing model allows you to save time and work within your budget. The predictability and transparent pricing allows you to keep your costs in check and plan for the future.
       

Transparency
MetricFire works transparently on all aspects of their operations of SaaS system monitoring. You can see their own internal system metrics at their public status page.
      

Robust Support
Technical support is provided by engineers for engineers, so you can expect detailed and relevant answers to your queries. 

The author for this testimonial, Jim Davies, Head of DevOps, MoneySuperMarket.com.
“As MetricFire scales effortlessly, we can push and store more metrics than we really need today but might need tomorrow. This increases our depth of understanding of the systems that we run and heads off any future problems.”
Jim Davies, Head of DevOps, MoneySuperMarket.com.

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