Monitorama 2015

Last week I was privileged to attend the 2015 Monitorama conference. It’s a great small conference that deals with the area of monitoring, from logging to metrics to stream processing, alerting, people…everything. It’s actually a giant topic.

It’s amazing how many different kinds of conferences there are. Recently I was at the OpenStack Vancouver summit which has about 6000 people and takes over a huge conference center. Compared to Monitorama the summit is a massive, “enterprisey-feeling” event where they have to feed 6000 people lunch. Conversely, at Monitorama in “The Pearl” section of Portland you can just walk out the door and there are tons of restaurants and food trucks.

The Presentations

Here I’ll just go through some of the presentations I recall. I missed a few presentations because of work, so this isn’t necessarily a list of “the best” presentations or anything like that, just ones that were memorable for me.


Here are some technologies I wrote down in my notes as the conference went on:


I’m constantly amazed at how organizers can pull off conferences like this; how good they are at dealing with people and trying to make things better in the IT industry. I was also impressed at how honest some of the presenters were in terms of being open about their fears and themselves in general. At the end I kept thinking of what Big Chris says in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels: “It’s been emotional.”