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The Top 21 Cloud Monitoring Tools for 2018 By Ben Putano Let's do a visualization exercise. Imagine it's December 31, 2018, and you're ringing in the New Year with your friends and family. You think back on everything that you accomplished in the last year: your company's revenue is through the roof thanks to the success of your product, and you were promoted to Lead Developer. 2019 is poised to be an even bigger year for your company because you have the tools and insight to scale as quickly as demand requires. You're a happy human, and it's not just because of the bubbly in your glass. Now how does one turn this visualization into reality? You start by setting yourself up with the right technology to succeed. Behind every great cloud app is a fleet of powerful cloud monitoring tools that provide insight and direction for improving your product. This is the ticket ... (more)

[video] The Business Drivers for DevOps with @CAinc | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #ContinuousDelivery

"CA has been doing a lot of things in the area of DevOps. Now we have a complete set of tool sets in order to enable customers to go all the way from planning to development to testing down to release into the operations," explained Aruna Ravichandran, Vice President of Global Marketing and Strategy at CA Technologies, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CloudExpo | DXWorldEXPO have announced the conference tracks for Cloud Expo 2018, introducing DXWorldEXPO. DXWordEXPO, colocated with Cloud Expo will be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, and November 6-8, 2018, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorld Expo within the program. Successfu... (more)

Why You Should Be Measuring Time to Last Byte in 2018 | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Why You Should Be Measuring Time to Last Byte in 2018 By Maria Eldridge This post was written in partnership with Teridion. The end of the year is a time for reflection. It’s when most of us are looking back at the choices, accomplishments, and mistakes of the year prior and setting goals to improve the following year. It’s also when businesses analyze the year’s trends and behaviors to determine necessary strategic changes to be made; however, if you aren’t analyzing the right metrics, such reflection is a useless effort. Below is an excerpt from an article provided by Elad Rave, founder and CTO of Teridion, explaining why TTLB (Time to Last Byte) should be one of the performance metrics on your radar. TTFB (Time to First Byte) is the amount of time it takes to receive the first byte from the server. A browser sends a request; it then gets to the web server, where ... (more)

[session] Hybrid Cloud-Based Apps | @CloudExpo @Cedexis #APM #Monitoring

Ensuring High-Availability for Hybrid Cloud-Based Apps The dynamic nature of the cloud means that change is a constant when it comes to modern cloud-based infrastructure. Delivering modern applications to end users, therefore, is a constantly shifting challenge. Delivery automation helps IT Ops teams ensure that apps are providing an optimal end user experience over hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud environments, no matter what the current state of the infrastructure is. To employ a delivery automation strategy that reflects your business rules, making real-time decisions based on a combination of real user monitoring, synthetic testing, APM, NGINX / local load balancers, and other data sources, is critical. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Simon Jones, Evangelist and head of marketing for Cedexis, will show you how easy it can be to leverage these disparate data sourc... (more)

Want Test Environment Stability? | @DevOpsSummit #APM #Monitoring

How often is an environment unavailable due to factors within your project's control? How often is an environment unavailable due to external factors? Is the software and hardware in the environment up to date with the target production systems? How often do you have to resort to manual workarounds due to an environment? These are all questions that you should ask yourself if testing environments are consistently unavailable and affected by outages. Here are three key metrics that you can track that can help avoid costly downtime. Metric: Availability and Uptime Percentage QA and staging environments seldom require the same level of uptime as production, but tell that to a team of developers working 24/7 on a project that has an aggressive deadline and you will have a very unhappy team. As a test environment manager, you know that when a QA system is unavailable, you ... (more)

Continuous Monitoring for Your Hybrid Cloud Systems | @CloudExpo #AWS #SaaS #Cloud

Continuous Monitoring for Your Hybrid Cloud Systems Now Available on AWS Cavirin Systems has just announced C2, a SaaS offering designed to bring continuous security assessment and remediation to hybrid environments, containers, and data centers. Cavirin C2 is deployed within Amazon Web Services (AWS) and features a flexible licensing model for easy scalability and clear pay-as-you-go pricing. Although native to AWS, it also supports assessment and remediation of virtual or container instances within Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), or on-premise. By drawing on a comprehensive library of curated industry guidelines, control frameworks, and best practices, Cavirin promises to keep a wary eye on your hybrid cloud security and help you harden it against real and potential threats. Cloud chaos Most enterprises have embraced the cloud trend and hybrid cloud e... (more)

How to Learn from Failure in DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #Agile #DevOps #Serverless

How to Learn from Failure in DevOps By Eric Bruno DevOps failure is a touchy subject with some, because DevOps is typically perceived as a way to avoid failure. As a result, when you fail in a DevOps practice, the situation can seem almost hopeless. However, just as a fail-fast business approach, or the "fail and adjust sooner" methodology of Agile often proves, DevOps failures are actually a step in the right direction. They're the first step toward learning from failures and turning your DevOps practice into one that will lead you toward even greater success, sooner rather than later. DevOps has its roots in Agile, where shorter development cycles with frequent feedback loops guide you quickly, over a period of time, toward product delivery that is more aligned with customer needs. The point of the feedback loop is to learn from your actions through customer feedb... (more)

Organically DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Serverless #AI #Monitoring

Some people are directors, managers, and administrators. Others are disrupters. Eddie Webb (@edwardawebb) is an IT Disrupter for Software Development Platforms at Liberty Mutual and was a presenter at the 2016 All Day DevOps conference. His talk, Organically DevOps: Building Quality and Security into the Software Supply Chain at Liberty Mutual, looked at Liberty Mutual's transformation to Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, and DevOps. For a large, heavily regulated industry, this task can not only be daunting, but viewed by many as impossible. Eddie's talk looks at the origins of DevOps at Liberty Mutual, the challenges of centralizing DevOps, and how to make it easy for developers and operations to do the right thing. He noted that DevOps is not their goal; Continuous Delivery is their goal, and DevOps is the enabler. It all started at Liberty Mutual in ... (more)

APM, Analytics and Root-Cause Analysis | @CloudExpo #Cloud #APM #Monitoring

Root-cause analysis (RCA) has its roots in incident management, but reports of RCA’s demise may be greatly exaggerated. Being able to proactively identify the sources of event storms and performance anomalies will require automated, real-time root-cause analysis. I think Enterprise Management Associates said it well: “The data and metrics collected at instrumentation points across the application ecosystem are essential to performance monitoring and root cause analysis. However, analytics capable of transforming data and metrics into an application-focused report or dashboards are what separates actual application monitoring from relatively simple silo monitoring. Analytics add the context necessary to understand the role of each moving part in the end-to-end execution environment, a viewpoint that is absolutely critical for rapid – and eventually automated – proble... (more)

[slides] #Docker Container Pipeline | @DevOpsSummit @KontenaInc #Serverless

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here The Automated Docker Container Deployment Pipeline Docker containers have brought great opportunities to shorten the deployment process through continuous integration and delivery of applications and microservices. This applies equally to enterprise datacenters as well as the cloud. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Jari Kolehmainen, founder and CTO of Kontena, discussed solutions and benefits of a deeply integrated deployment pipeline using technologies such as container management platforms, Docker containers, and the drone.io Cl tool. He also demonstrated the deployment of a CI/CD pipeline using container management, as well as show how to deploy a containerized application through a continuous delivery pipeline. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Speaker Bio Jari Kolehmainen is fo... (more)

CollabNet and VersionOne: Building Value at Enterprise Scale | @DevOpsSummit @CollabNet #Agile #DevOps

This month has been more than exciting thanks to our recent merger with VersionOne. I am privileged to lead a great team at the newly expanded CollabNet. It is an honor to be a part of a team that makes daily strides to deliver value to customers through technical innovation, professionalism and hard work. As I think about our merger with VersionOne, I am not only enthusiastic about the new levels of value we will soon offer to our customers, but also about how we will demonstrate the great value that can be unlocked for organizations through better, faster, more effective software development and delivery. Our goal at CollabNet is to innovate and introduce new ideas for efficient and effective software development to the enterprise market. And, when it comes to offering open and scalable platforms for ALM collaboration, enterprise version control and DevOps, the ... (more)