M3 is a scalable metrics database originally built to host Uber’s rapidly growing data storage from Prometheus. When Rob Skillington was at Uber, he helped design, implement, and deploy M3. Since leaving Uber, he has co-founded a company around a hosted version of M3 called Chronosphere.
If you have access to a scalable metrics database, you might as well start accumulating as much data as possible, right? Not exactly. If your company generates enough data, you probably want to turn down the dials on how frequently you save a metric. Downsampling will reduce the amount of money that you pay for these hosted metrics.
In today’s show, Rob discusses the engineering and deployment of M3, and how that work led him to founding Chronosphere, as well as the product offering of the company.
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