Lisa McNicol

Docker & Prometheus Joint Holiday Meetup Recap

Last Wednesday we had our 52nd meetup at Docker HQ, but this time we joined forces with the Prometheus user group to host a mega-meetup! There was a great turnout and members were excited to see the talks on using Docker with Prometheus, OpenTracing and the new Docker playground; play-with-docker.

First up was Stephen Day, a Senior Software Engineer at Docker, who presented a talk entitled, ‘The History of Metrics According to Me’. Stephen believes that metrics and monitoring should be built into every piece of software we create, from the ground up. By solving the hard parts of application metrics in Docker, he thinks it becomes more likely that metrics are a part of your services from the start. See the video of his intriguing talk and slides below.

Next up was Ben Sigelman, an expert in distributed tracing, whose talk ‘OpenTracing Isn’t Just Tracing: Measure Twice, Instrument Once’ was both informative and humorous. He began by describing OpenTracing and explaining why anyone who monitors microservices should care about it. He then stepped back to examine the historical role of operational logging and metrics in distributed system monitoring and illustrated how the OpenTracing API maps to these tried-and-true abstractions. To find out more and see his demo involving donuts watch the video below and slides.

Last but certainly not least were two of our amazing Docker Captains all the way from Buenos Aires, Marcos Nils and Jonathan Leibiusky! During the Docker Distributed Systems Summit in Berlin last October, they built ‘play-with-docker’. It is a a Docker playground which gives you the experience of having a free Alpine Linux Virtual Machine in the cloud where you can build and run Docker containers and even create clusters with Docker features like Swarm Mode. Under the hood DIND or Docker-in-Docker is used to give the effect of multiple VMs/PCs. Watch the video below to see how they built it and hear all about the new features.


play-with-docker was a hit with the audience  and there was a line of attendees hoping to speak to Marcos and Jonathan after their talk! All in all, it was a great night thanks to our amazing speakers, Docker meetup members, the Prometheus user group and the CNCF who sponsored drinks and snacks.

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Lisa McNicol

Docker & Prometheus Joint Holiday Meetup Recap


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