Release 1.21: Introducing new collectors, faster exporters, and improved security

We’re in the middle of a scary, uncertain time, and we hope those of you reading are staying safe and healthy.

Despite the current challenges, the 40+ members of the remote-first Netdata team have been hard at work on the next version of the Netdata Agent: v1.21.0.

This release is foundational: While we do have fantastic new collectors and three new ways to export your metrics for long-term storage, many of the most significant changes aren’t even those you’ll notice. While they may be beneath the hood, they’re going to power some amazing new features, UX improvements, and design overhauls.

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Creating a thriving, agile, remote team

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced many organizations to take unprecedented steps towards remote working. As a fully distributed team, we’ve faced the common challenges of remote work. Based on our experience from our very beginning in 2018, all but a few of these organizations new to remote working will face hurdles to overcome and may try to revert to colocation as soon as possible. Remote working is hard, even when it’s carefully planned and executed. When the transition is rushed and seen as a necessary, temporary inconvenience, challenges are all but inevitable.

In this post, we provide a few very practical tips to help organizations interested in preventing this forced experiment from severely impacting their day-to-day business. Moreover, if your organization has the drive and ability to quickly implement these changes, you may even recognize the great opportunities that remote working provides. Perhaps you still won’t have an overall positive experience, but at least you may be willing to consider a more strategic shift after the current crisis ends.

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The Netdata Culture and People

There are many things I absolutely love about Netdata, but I’m most proud of our people and culture. Some words about this unique experience are long overdue.

In a career that spans over two decades and six other companies of various sizes, nothing compares to the satisfaction of working in a company like ours. My answer to the canned interview question, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years”, was always the same: I don’t care; I just want to be solving problems and working with good people, real professionals, who I can trust and respect. In retrospect, I was missing another huge part of the equation, which is to mention the kind of company I wanted to work for. “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” is a cliche. More importantly, bad culture devours people’s souls; it sucks out any creative energy one may have, reducing engagement and, therefore, productivity. Short-term wins at the expense of company culture guarantee huge losses in the long run.

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Contribute to Netdata’s machine learning efforts!

Netdata contributors have greatly influenced the growth of our company and are essential to our success. The time and expertise that contributors volunteer are fundamental to our goal of helping you build extraordinary infrastructures. We highly value end-user feedback during product development, which is why we’re looking to involve you in progressing our machine learning (ML) efforts!
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Linux eBPF monitoring with Netdata

Your application isn’t finished when you’ve closed the last if block and you lined up all the brackets. There’s a whole other world of testing, debugging, and optimization that you haven’t even touched yet.

To help you more safely step into that complex phase of making your application even better, we’ve just released a brand-new eBPF collector in v1.20 of Netdata. With this collector enabled, you can monitor real-time metrics of Linux kernel functions and actions from the very same monitoring and troubleshooting dashboard you use for watching entire systems, or even entire infrastructures.

With per-second metrics on system calls, file descriptors, virtual file system I/O, and process management, you can debug faster, get smarter about performance optimization, and save some of your valuable time.

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