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Context: An Interview with Observability Pioneer Charity Majors

Charity Majors, chief technology officer of, talks about the three-year anniversary of the observability movement.
Aug 9th, 2019 3:40pm by
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An Interview with Observability Pioneer Charity Majors

Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and views from the cloud native community. This week, we talk with Charity Majors, chief technology officer of and a pioneer in observability, about the three-year anniversary of that movement which has significantly changed how applications are monitored and maintained in the cloud native era.

Majors contributed a post that appeared on The New Stack this week in which she takes a closer look at why the observability movement formed and why other approaches and methods fall short. She explained why engineering teams must continue to focus on this approach in order to better understand, debug and maintain large-scale distributed systems.

“When we blew up the monolith into many services, we lost the ability to step through our code with a debugger: it now hops the network. Our tools are still coming to grips with this seismic shift,” Majors writes.

Then later in the show, we discuss the top podcast and stories on the site from this week, including Mesosphere’s name change, and an interview with Michael Crosby, an engineer on the core team at Docker working on the libcontainer kernel interface and the runc container runtime, as well as overseeing the open source communities around those projects.

Libby Clark, who is the editorial and marketing director at TNS, hosted this podcast, with the help of Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, and Joab Jackson, managing editor at The New Stack.

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