Colin talks about how he architected and built a high performance time series database from the ground up at Dataloop.io. Handling hundreds of thousands of metrics per second. One of the objectives was to provide real time graphing and alerting. If you're 'rolling your own' metrics, are interested in Node.JS, highly scalable architectures and like listening to plenty of war stories you should enjoy this talk.
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