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Monitoring Sentry with VictorOps

Integrating Sentry and VictorOps with your monitoring system

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

What is Sentry?

Sentry is an application monitoring platform designed for the specific purpose of monitoring performance and errors. It is intended to make life simpler for developers during the process of creating new software and apps, increasing their ability to meet deadlines with minimal stress. 

 

The Sentry platform enables developers to diagnose, correct, and optimize code performance quickly and efficiently, which is crucial in reducing or eliminating issues for end-users once the application reaches the marketplace. After all, the faster you can successfully diagnose issues that are slowing your app down, including bugs or security breaches, the faster you will see success. 

 

Sentry is a top choice for app developers, as it supports 30+ coding languages. Better still, it integrates with a variety of popular tools such as Slack, Jira, and GitHub.

 

At last count, Sentry is used by more than one million developers, and there are 60,000 organizations in 146 countries that rely on Sentry to maximize the quality of their software. Some of the best-known companies in the world count themselves among Sentry’s clients. Examples include Disney, Peloton, Cloudflare, and Microsoft. 

  

Sentry identifies issues and errors in software applications and alerts developers as to the root cause. Once errors have been defined, Sentry supports recovery. Sentry assists with understanding how users have been impacted by errors through the tracking of field data. This includes variable network speeds, the typical browsers being used, the digital devices, and the location of users. 

 

This is managed through Google’s Web Vitals, giving developers deep insight into the user experience. Users may be frustrated by slow loading times, or they may not be able to interact with the page at all. In some cases, the software performs well with certain browsers or devices, but they struggle with others. Sentry increases clients’ ability to adjust and rework in a timely manner, ensuring rapid resolution. 

 

MetricFire’s complete infrastructure and application monitoring platform makes it easy to integrate Sentry. Simply enable a Sentry webhook from the add-ons section of your Hosted Graphite account. MetricFire's advanced filtering lets you choose only the data views you want to see and discard the rest. You can also set up simple rules to discard data you no longer keep, plus receive alerts via email or Slack.

 

How to set up a Sentry webhook

The webhook provided by Hosted Graphite can be used in Sentry as an alerting endpoint. To add Sentry alert information to Hosted Graphite as annotations, follow these instructions

Navigate to the Add-ons section of your Hosted Graphite account and copy your Sentry webhook location by clicking the ‘Copy’ button and follow the mouseover directions

Adding an Alerting Endpoint (in your Sentry account)

Browse to your Sentry account, visit ‘Project Settings’ section, and click ‘All Integrations’

Scroll down to ‘WebHooks’ and make sure the tickbox is checked. Save changes if necessary.

Browse to the Alerts settings

Scroll down, and add the Hosted Graphite Sentry webhook location to the field. Don’t forget to save your changes.

Scroll back up and either add or edit an alert Rule that corresponds to the Events you want to send to Hosted Graphite. Only alerts you send will appear on your graphs, so choose triggers and intervals that make sense for your use case.

Ensure the notification is being sent through WebHooks. (You can send it to other services too, if you’d like.)

You’ve now saved a Hosted Graphite webhook for your alerting endpoint and assigned it to an alert. Now, once you’ve triggered some alerts, you can plot them on your graphs.

To View Sentry Annotations in Your Dashboards

Browse to your Hosted Graphite graph and open the Annotations dialog

Create and name a new annotation, and query on any tag to see your Sentry alerts

Sentry tags are sent as (key, value) pairs, but Hosted Graphite annotations are a series of strings. If your events are tagged with (room: "356B"), you’ll be able to query it using room=356B. By default we store the project slug, server name, error level, and the word “sentry” so you can quickly filter annotations for your dashboards.

Finally, you will see Sentry events on your graph

More information on annotations can be found by following our annotations documentation.

What is VictorOps?

Splunk On-Call (previously known as VictorOps), was created to make it easier for teams to manage their on-call resources. The moment something goes wrong, Splunk On-Call springs into action! Teams can receive context-rich notifications and collaborate to enable fast and efficient incident resolution with reduced downtime. Stakeholders can view critical incidents and the steps taken to resolve their issues.

The on-call experiences of both DevOps teams and clients become much more satisfying with Splunk On-Call. Its fast incident response features quickly deliver the right alerts to the right people reducing the time it takes to resolve incidents. You can integrate Splunk On-Call with your existing tools such as MetricFire to manage incident timelines and reporting for blameless post-incident reviews. As well as improving client incident resolution experience, Splunk On-Call's notification and incident management features reduce employee burnout. Mobile-first notifications and machine learning tools help make being on-call easy and accessible no matter where your team members are located.

 

Splunk On-Call comes with a range of incident analysis and reporting tools. With reports like MTTA/MTTR, Incident Frequency, and Post-Incident Review, teams can manage incident hotspots and improve incident resolution. You can monitor team and individual performance metrics, review incident frequency, and create reports for post-incident reviews.

With Metricfire, you can turbocharge your Splunk On-Call monitoring tools. By integrating Splunk On-Call with the Metricfire platform, you can display your metrics on aesthetically pleasing dashboards. MetricFire's advanced filtering lets you choose only the data views you want to see and discard the rest. You can also set up simple rules to discard data you no longer keep, plus receive alerts via email or Slack.

How to integrate Sentry and VictorOps with your monitoring system

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

What is MetricFire?

MetricFire is a full-scale platform that provides infrastructure, system, and application monitoring using a suite of open-source monitoring tools. We enable you to use Hosted Graphite and aesthetic custom dashboards to visualize your metrics so you can understand what is happening.

 

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MetricFire offers a complete ecosystem of end-to-end infrastructure monitoring, comprised of open-source Graphite and popular dashboards. Plugins for many other open-source projects are preconfigured, such as StatsD, collectd, and more. Not only does MetricFire fit well into many monitoring use cases, such as server monitoring, but we also offer application and cloud infrastructure monitoring.

         

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

  • Cloud Monitoring

  • Hosted Graphite

  • Dashboards


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.

       

Benefits of Using MetricFire:

  • Simple, low-cost pricing
    A structured pricing model based on unique time series metrics allows you to work within your budget. The predictability and transparent pricing allow you to keep your costs in check and plan for the future. 1 metric is 1 metric.


  • Easy-to-use dashboards
    Easily share your dashboards with clients for free.


  • Responsive alerting
    Alert notification integrations PagerDuty, Slack, email, and webhooks.


  • Freedom of customization
    Custom metrics through your code.


  • Fantastic customer support
    Highly available support is provided by engineers for engineers to get you set up quickly.


  • Enterprise-ready
    Dedicated clusters for users that need their own environment. 
      
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