Open source monitoring tools, neurodiversity and inclusion, and more industry trends

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As part of my role as a senior product marketing manager at an enterprise software company with an open source development model, I publish a regular update about open source community, market, and industry trends for product marketers, managers, and other influencers. Here are five of my and their favorite articles from that update.

Top six open source tools for monitoring

These tools are widely used in the tech industry, and they all have their benefits. Most of these solutions, however, require skilled implementation and ongoing manual maintenance that can be a burden for DevOps teams and a distraction from the business. There’s no one solution that can cater to all of your requirements, since each tool focuses on one or two specific aspects of observability and analysis. By mixing these tools together, you can derive a unique solution for your individual business needs. 

The impact: If a container falls over in the cluster and there is no open source monitoring tool to see it, did it really happen?

Introvert environment: What can we do?

An example is its inclusive team dynamics programme, which consists of both information and guidance on everyday practices. Each team is required to appoint an inclusion champion, who ensures all members are given the space to contribute to discussions. Leaders are also encouraged not to speak first during meetings.

The impact: If it is hard for you not to speak for a while in a meeting, that probably indicates you should be doing it more often. Will new WFH policies make this harder, or easier? Only time will tell.

The difference between API Gateways and service mesh

The service connectivity capabilities that service mesh provides are conflicting with the API connectivity features that an API gateway provides. However, because the ones provided by service mesh are more inclusive (L4 + L7, all TCP traffic, not just HTTP and not just limited to APIs but to every service), they are in a way more complete. But as we can see from the diagram above, there are also use cases that service mesh does not provide, and that is the “API as a product” use case as well as the full API management lifecycle, which still belong to the API gateway pattern.

The impact: Another way of saying this is you can't make money from your service mesh directly, unlike your APIs.

Open Policy Agent’s mission to secure the cloud

While the cost of implementing OPA is a little high today, the technology pays for itself by providing more control and helping to secure systems. As OPA continues to be refined, we can expect implementation costs to fall, making an investment in OPA easier to justify.

The impact: Compliance is expensive; large investments in it only make sense if non-compliance is even more so.

I hope you enjoyed this list and come back next week for more open source community, market, and industry trends.

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I'm Tim. I like to write about how technology affects people, and vice versa. I’m constantly engaging with the news, tech, and culture with an eye to building the best possible sci-fi future.


A confusing sentence: " If it is hard for you not to speak for a while in a meeting, that probably indicates you should be doing it more often."
Either this means, " If it is hard for you not to speak for a while in a meeting, that probably indicates you should be speaking less often."
Or, " If it is hard for you not to speak for a while in a meeting, that probably indicates you should be speaking more often."

As someone who is introverted, I really appreciate the article that you have linked to especially on a platform like Open Source that is tech oriented. Susan Caine's Quit: The Power of Introverts is a great book for both introverts as well as extroverts to understand the value add that introverts can bring to organizations and leadership in general.

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