Observability for data pipelines: Monitoring, alerting, and tracing lineage
Data-intensive applications, with many layers of transformations and movement from different data sources, can often be challenging to maintain and iterate even after they are initially built and validated. Jiaqi Liu explores how to factor in monitoring, alerting, and tracing data lineage when building data applications that move and transform data across multiple dependencies.
|Talk Title||Observability for data pipelines: Monitoring, alerting, and tracing lineage|
|Speakers||Jiaqi Liu (University of Chicago, CTDS)|
|Conference||O’Reilly Open Source Software Conference|
|Conf Tag||Fueling innovative software|
|Date||July 15-18, 2019|
Data-intensive applications, with many layers of transformations and movement from different data sources, can often be challenging to maintain and iterate on even after they are initially built and validated. To truly expand and develop a code base, developers must be able to test confidently during the development process and monitor the production system. Monitoring and testing data pipelines or real-time streaming processes can be very different from monitoring web services. Jiaqi Liu draws on her experience building and maintaining both batch and real-time stream data pipelines to discuss how to leverage monitoring tools like Prometheus and Grafana to define and visualize metrics, how and when to alert on common health indicators, and how to gain visibility in monitoring not just the system health but the health of the data. General concepts she touches on include observability of pipeline health, interpretability of data results, and building features into data pipelines that makes monitoring and testing just a little bit easier, such as the ability to trace data lineage and designing for immutable data.