Open letter to future apprentices

Here at Dogsbody HQ we have found one of the the best ways to grow our business and get the skills we require is to run an apprenticeship programme. We interview throughout the year looking for the keenest candidates. Having hired 7 apprentices over the past 5 years and interviewed many many more we thought […]

Updated Privacy Policies & Terms and Conditions

Dogsbody Technology have updated their Privacy Policies and Ts&Cs … View our updated Privacy Policies View our updated Terms and Conditions Lets be clear…. The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) laws haven’t changed anything for how Dogsbody Technology treat your personal data. We have always treated your personal data as strictly confidential […]

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Cloud Storage Pricing Comparison

For a long time AWS has been the go to for cloud storage but the competition has heated up over the last few years. We keep a close eye on the various storage offerings so that we can recommend the best solutions to our customers.  So where are we now?  Who’s the current “winner”? Obviously, […]

How will Debian 7 end of life affect me?

On 31st May 2018, Debian 7 “Wheezy” reaches end of life (EOL). We recommend that you update to Debian 9 “Stretch”. Over time technology and security evolves, new bugs are fixed and new threats prevented, so in order to maintain a secure infrastructure it is important to keep all software and systems up to date.  […]

Turning Prometheus data into metrics for alerting

As you may have seen in previous blog posts, we have a Warboard in our office which shows the current status of the servers we manage. Most of our customers are using our new alerting stack, but some have their own monitoring solutions which we want to integrate with. One of these was Prometheus. This […]

Replacement Server Monitoring – Part 3: Kapacitor alerts and going live!

So far in this series of blog posts we’ve discussed picking a replacement monitoring solution and getting it up and running. This instalment will cover setting up the actual alerting rules for our customers’ servers, and going live with the new solution. Kapacitor Alerts As mentioned in previous posts, the portion of the TICK stack […]