I’ve joined a number of Meetup.com groups as an outlet to find others that are just as passionate about various topics as I am. Currently I’m a member of several brewing, new technology, dog lovers, outdoor activity groups, as well as a handful of Devops meetups around the country.

Almost all of them have been great in developing a better understanding and appreciation for the topics, but maybe more importantly, I’ve formed really great relationships. Some of my very best friends were met through meetup groups. My girlfriend and I even met through a wakeboarding meetup. Rarely have I found a group that wasn’t able to connect me with really awesome people who share my interests.

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One of the core ideas of DevOps is measurement. Just about every event I’ve been to has had presenters discussing techniques on what to measure and how to understand the metrics.

However, the list of monitoring services and tools out there seems to be growing each day. Without spending valuable free time going through and investigating every single option out there, how can anyone truly grasp the immense number of options available to monitor infrastructure and be properly alerted to real issues that need attention? It’s a daunting task to say the least.

Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to find any meetup groups that are focused primarily on subjects related to uptime. Sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands. I decided that the best way to learn about all of the tools and techniques available is to create my own meetup group and learn firsthand from those that have intimate knowledge of their favorite tools. Individuals who work with monitoring tools every day are obviously the best ones to be involved in conversations on the subject.

On Wednesday, October 1st, I’ll host the first formal meeting of the Frontrange Monitoring, Alerting, and Uptime meetup. A modest group of fellow “on-call”-ogists will get together to discuss our agenda, expectations, and plans for delivering valuable information to the group.

If you are in the Front Range area (i.e. Denver, Boulder, Golden, Longmont, and Fort Collins), I invite you to join us at the VictorOps mountain base camp and help map out an approach for this meetup group. You can register on the Meetup page and I look forward to seeing you soon!