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Dylan Eikelenboom
Last update: 13-11-2019

My visit to the InfluxDays

The InfluxDays, hosted by the owners and maintainers of InfluxDB, took place in London on June 14 and 15. This conference was the perfect opportunity to get some insight from the people who created InfluxDB. I had the pleasure of attending the event, in surprisingly great London weather.

Why we use InfluxDB at IXON

Thousands of machines generate large amounts of data every minute of every day. This means we require a lot from our database, to ensure that we can continuously store the data in a fail-safe and real-time manner. We securely store all your Cloud Logging data using InfluxDB, which is configured as a cluster to maintain continuous uptime in case of network disruption. To further improve our data dashboards, we are looking into ways to visualise and analyse downtime of your machine (i.e. how long your machine was in an error state each month).

Speakers highlight InfluxDB’s complex capabilities

The first day of the conference consisted of presentations, from Influx employees as well as users describing their particular use case. The guys and girls at Influx revealed their plans for the upcoming Influx 2.0 release, which included the expected performance and storage improvements. They also showed off some great new features that will allow us to query data in new ways, to deliver more metrics that can be used for operational efficiency and predictive monitoring.

Just as interesting were the outside speakers, most notably the talk by Adam Wegrzynek, who is the senior engineer and researcher at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. They’re in the business of propelling particles at unimaginable speeds at a temperature near absolute zero (-271 degrees Celsius) and measuring the subatomic particles and energy signatures as these particles crash into one another.

The talk beautifully demonstrated the complex architecture needed, in terms of redundancy and fail-safe mechanisms, to handle the whopping 7TB of data they gather every second when they power up the collider, and the need to store that flawlessly in InfluxDB.

Discovering advanced features for downtime analysis

The second day was filled with workshops on how to use InfluxDB and the other applications in Influx’ portfolio. There were two difficulty modes to accommodate both beginners and veterans, and topics ranged from how to create useful data visualizations to how to set up a pipeline to get your sensor’s data into InfluxDB.

The organisers were exceedingly friendly and a few chats with the technical lead of one of the Influx applications, Nathanial Cook, gave me solid information on the more advanced features that we may be able to use for downtime analysis and other data transformations as part of the Cloud Logging service.

Seeing as how I have not had any experience with some of the more niche applications used in the workshop, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the beginner track was a gentle on-ramp and not a full on info dump. The advanced classes on the other hand had deep technical questions and were great for understanding the underlying foundations of InfluxDB and its add-ons. It was great to talk to some of the attendees who have not had any experience, but came to the conference solely on the fact that it provides a beginner trajectory into the applications and language used.

Interested in finding out more about how we use InfluxDB for our IXON Cloud Logging and how it can benefit your company? Get in touch with our experts, or learn more about cloud logging by accessing our knowledge website through the button below.

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