Webinar: Goldilocks and the 3 Levels of Cardinality: Getting it Just Right

Tuesday, July 12 | 1:00 PM EST

Goldilocks and the 3 Levels of Cardinality: Getting it Just Right

Cloud-native architectures deliver speed, flexibility and faster innovation. But a considerable trade-off is an explosion of metrics data volume and cardinality that outpaces the growth of the business itself. A recent ESG study found that 71% of organizations feel their observability data is growing at a concerning rate. While the increasing cost of storage is a top concern, there are other consequences to consider, including a decrease in the performance of observability tooling and potential outages of alerts and dashboards when you need them most.

Getting the right level of metric volume and cardinality is essential. The goal is to balance cardinality with the value of added dimensions. Too much cardinality increases costs, but too little strips your data of context and hinders your ability to remediate issues and outages.

Unfortunately, it’s difficult to predict or plan, since many tools used to manage observability data, like Prometheus, don’t have a great way to detect increases in cardinality until it is too late. So what can you do to control metric data growth and ensure that the level of cardinality is just right?

Join us as we discuss:

  • Practical measures you can implement now to help control data flow
  • Best practices around creating tags and labels and enforcing them across teams
  • A framework to help validate the value of dimensions added to metrics

Our Speakers:

Ian Smith is Field CTO at Chronosphere where he works across sales, marketing, engineering and product to deliver better insights and outcomes to observability teams supporting high-scale cloud-native environments. Previously, he worked with observability teams across the software industry in pre-sales roles at New Relic, Wavefront, PagerDuty and Lightstep.

Scott Kelly is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Chronosphere. Previously, he was in product marketing at VMware (via the Pivotal acquisition) where he worked on the Tanzu Observability (Wavefront) team and partner go-to-market efforts for VMware’s Tanzu portfolio with AWS and Microsoft Azure. Before VMware, Scott spent three years in product marketing at Dynatrace. In his free time, you’ll find Scott at his local CrossFit “box,” doing home improvement project, and spending time with his family enjoying Naples, Florida, where he lives.


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