Eric D. Schabell: Saying hello to Chronosphere

Monday, August 15, 2022

Saying hello to Chronosphere
After writing my last article sharing my decision to leave Red Hat after +13 years, I took a vacation from writing until I could publish an introduction to my new challenge.

Today I'm starting a new and exciting path with Chronosphere, which is the only observability platform that tames rampant data growth and cloud-native complexity. 

For me it's an interesting space to dive into and one that I've been dabbling in with my writing and speaking topics for the last year or so. It's also a place that Red Hat, with a focus on providing infrastructure and cloud-native platforms for your hybrid cloud environments, is not concentrating on.

I'm hoping to share my experiences from both the infrastructure and application development domains, use my open source experiences, and learn as we go in the observability world. I'm very excited to dive into the topics of the day on metics, monitoring, and observability while sharing all of my new insights with you here.

Now, about the new role I'm going to take on.

Chronosphere is just over three years old, and what impressed me the most during my initial interviews was both the culture and desire to have fun helping organizations with observability challenges. They recently outlined their core company values and they pretty much nail the people first culture at this company. With around 200 employees, unicorn status, C-Series funding putting the total at $255M, it fits right into the hyper growth environment that is helping organizations gain control of their cloud-native, hybrid cloud, and observability challenges.

First steps
Every adventure starts with the first step...
I'm starting today as the Director of Technical Marketing & Evangelism. I'm hoping to continue to share my experiences while developing the next generation of technical marketers and evangelists at Chronosphere. 

Both of these roles (TMM & Evangelist) are doing a lot of the same tasks, there is just a slight variation on target audiences that provides a nuance to each specific role.

If you are looking to get started with a very dynamic, fun, growing team, please consider joining us as here is one role posted with more to be added here under the marketing heading for my new teams.

I'm looking forward to having some fun, publishing, socializing, speaking, and creating some great technical content promoting how you can harness observability for your cloud-native environments.

What does it mean?

Now just for fun, before you're asking what does the term Chronosphere mean, a quick search revealed a few interesting takes on the word in no particular order:

  • “A glowing, spinning, metallic sphere inside the chamber of the Grand Clock that powers all time.” -- Disney, Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • "Device which can move an object through space and time." -- Urban dictionary
  • “An infinite time superhighway containing chronological and coexisting past, present and future timelines and the wormholes within and around them where the theoretical possibility of time travel can occur.” -- Collins dictionary

Make of that what you will, but I'm getting an idea of the complex world of cloud-native observability.

What does it do?

I'm going to quote part of an article on Open Telemetry from April Yep, where she provides a pretty good summary of what this is all about:

"Chronosphere is a SaaS cloud monitoring tool that helps teams rapidly navigate the three phases of observability. We’re focused on giving devops teams, SREs, and central observability teams all the tools they need to know about problems sooner, the context to triage them faster, and insights to get to the root cause more efficiently. One of the major things that makes us different is that we were built from the ground-up to support the scale and speed of cloud native systems. We also embrace open source standards, so developers can use the language and formats they’re already familiar with, and it prevents lock-in." 

I really hope to see you soon, in person, somewhere out there in the world at an event or conference to talk about observability, effective cloud-native monitoring, and more!

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