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My Firsthand Account of a Third-Party Problem By Mehdi Daoudi In the digital world, performance, availability, and reliability are key pillars of business that can impact revenue, reputation, and operational excellence. We often write about the impact that third-party services have on performance on our blog, but sometimes that impact is felt in our personal lives as well. Every year, we monitor major retailers’ performance and availability during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, testing to capture the inevitable failures and outages as traffic volumes climb to record highs. This year, however, most of these retailers did amazingly well and I am very happy for them. The few glitches that did occur were, yet again, due to some third-party element, whether it be a tracking beacon, a picture enhancement service, a social tag, etc. Most of these retailers have been prepa... (more)

Testing and Automation in 2017 | @DevOpsSummit #APM #Monitoring #DevOps

Another year has come and gone, and many of us are reflecting on the past and looking ahead to see how we can best prepare for the future. Let’s see what Gartner has to say about it in terms of the application development world. As last year was beginning to wind down, the research firm published the Predicts 2017: Application Development report authored by analysts Mike West, Maritess Sobejana, Joachim Herschmann, and Keith James Mann. It includes key findings in application development that will impact organizations and recommendations for application leaders to provide insight for planning in the years to come. These Gartner analysts make multiple predictions for 2017 and beyond, but two stand out to me as worth highlighting. One, they’ve observed the growing importance of testing and quality assurance (QA) in all stages of the development lifecycle and predict tha... (more)

[video] #Kubernetes with @Loodse | @DevOpsSummit #ML #DevOps #Docker

"There is a huge interest in Kubernetes. People are now starting to use Kubernetes and implement it," stated Sebastian Scheele, co-founder of Loodse, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. SYS-CON Events presented the Kubernetes and Google Container Engine Workshop, on November 3, 2016, in conjunction with @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. This workshop led by Sebastian Scheele, co-founder of Loodse, introduced participants to Kubernetes and Google Container Engine (GKE). Through a combination of instructor-led presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on labs, students learned the key concepts and practices for deploying and maintaining applications using Kubernetes. Registrations for Workshop ▸ Here Audienc... (more)

The Rewards of #DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #APM #ContinuousDelivery

How to Reap the Rewards of DevOps: One Bank's Story By Gottfried Sehringer There’s no shortage of DevOps stories, but every so often one blows me away, like the one I heard last week at the Gartner Symposium in Barcelona. Societe Generale, one of the world’s largest banks with almost 150,000 employees in over 50 countries, is a story about a broad ranging, comprehensive, hugely successful transformation that provides a model for other large organizations wanting to realize the benefits of DevOps and Continuous Delivery. Continuous Delivery Is the New Normal Almost 6000 CIOs and senior IT executives came together for the Symposium to discuss how to best lead their organizations towards digital transformation and compete in an increasingly software-driven world. Carlos Goncalves, Global CIO of Societe Generale, gave an inspiring presentation about the digital journey ... (more)

Five Network Metrics | @CloudExpo @AppNeta #APM #SaaS #AI #DataCenter

Five Network Metrics for a Cloud World By Christine Cignoli As the network has moved from a physical entity to a more abstract one, IT has valiantly kept pace by researching and deploying new network devices and functionality. IT teams have had to shift workloads and mindsets to the cloud and to SaaS providers, while remaining responsible for end-user experience-which is ever more important. It's a tangled web in the networking world today, but all is not lost. We recommend these five metrics as the building blocks to measuring end-user experience and network performance in the cloud. They'll likely look pretty familiar: They're the same old metrics as were useful in the pre-cloud world, and can offer valuable insights now, too (though you'll need to be able to see into the cloud to get them - AppNeta can help with this). 1. Latency. This metric measures the time it ... (more)

IoT #Monitoring Challenges | @ThingsExpo @PagerDuty #IoT #APM #AI #ML

The IoT and Next-Generation Monitoring Challenges By Zachary Flower We're living in the future. Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), our world is more automated and connected than ever before. Just about everything, from cars to refrigerators, to coffee machines, has the ability to connect to the Internet, allowing us to micromanage each individual device. This type of automation is an exciting direction for the world to be moving in and the benefits it brings to businesses are huge. Optimizing Processes A great example of a traditionally non-networked company using IoT to make smarter decisions is Rolls-Royce. By integrating networked sensors into their aircraft engines, Rolls-Royce can send engine data back to monitoring stations on the ground and stay ahead of the curve on everything from performance to malfunctions. In a nutshell, they've created their own ver... (more)

Join @Catchpoint at @DevOpsSummit NYC | @CloudExpo #IoT #AI #DevOps

"There's a growing demand from users for things to be faster. When you think about all the transactions or interactions users will have with your product and everything that is between those transactions and interactions - what drives us at Catchpoint Systems is the idea to measure that and to analyze it," explained Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo taking place June 6-8, 2017, at Javits Center, New York City, and is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. DevOps at Cloud Expo / @ThingsExpo 2017 New York  (June 6-8, 2017, Javits Center, Manhattan) DevOps at ... (more)

Cloud #APM | @CloudExpo @CAinc @Aruna13 #APM #DevOps #ML #CD #SDN

As the race for the presidency heats up, IT leaders would do well to recall the famous catchphrase from Bill Clinton's successful 1992 campaign against George H. W. Bush: "It's the economy, stupid." That catchphrase is important, because IT economics are important. Especially when it comes to cloud. Application performance management (APM) for the cloud may turn out to be as much about those economics as it is about customer experience. Consistently great experiences - but at what price? Consistently great digital customer experiences are central to success in today's swipe-to-shop markets. If your web or mobile experiences lag, customers will abandon their transactions and might not return to try again. So snappy end-to-end application performance is a must 24x7x365. The cloud - and PaaS such as AWS and Azure in particular - can be extremely useful for delivering th... (more)

Optimizing the Ops in #DevOps | @DevOpsSummit @GHaff #SDN #CD #Docker

This post is based on my recent presentation at DevOps Summit Silicon Valley in November 2016. You can see the entire presentation here. We call it DevOps but much of the time there's a lot more discussion about the needs and concerns of developers than there is about other groups. There's a focus on improved and less isolated developer workflows. There are many discussions around collaboration, continuous integration and delivery, issue tracking, source code control, code review, IDEs, and xPaaS - and all the tools that enable those things. Changes in developer practices may come up - such as developers taking ownership of code and pulling pager duty. We also talk about culture a great deal in the context of developers and DevOps. About touchy-feely topics like empathy, trust, learning, cooperation, and responsibility. It can all be a bit kumbaya. What about the O... (more)

Happiness of #DevOps Transformation | @DevOpsSummit #APM #ML #SDN

Three Reasons Why DevOps Transformation Produces Happiness By Charlie Coffey "It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory." - W. Edwards Deming. How often do we see this quote used in DevOps blogs without a hint of irony? It's as if we need to instantly complete generations of evolution to stave off extinction, like trying to grow an extra lung overnight. DevOps or Die!!! So this is it - the dreaded DevOps transformation looms large. The department will be ‘shaken up', practices will be ‘turned on their head', and staff will be ‘taken out of their comfort zone'. It's sink or swim: The extinct will be carried out on stretchers, to graveyards in which Ops and Dev are siloed for eternity. Get ready for awkward life stories like in The Phoenix Project and standing up at meetings when you're only half awake. Prepare to become an iterative feedback-looping D... (more)

[video] @eCubeSystems' #DevOps and #APM | @CloudExpo | #Monitoring

"We're bringing out a new application monitoring system to the DevOps space. It manages large enterprise applications that are distributed throughout a node in many enterprises and we manage them as one collective," explained Kevin Barnes, President of eCube Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo taking place June 6-8, 2017, at Javits Center, New York City, and is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. DevOps at Cloud Expo / @ThingsExpo 2017 New York  (June 6-8, 2017, Javits Center, Manhattan) DevOps at Cloud Expo / @ThingsExpo 2017 Silicon Valley (October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA) Downl... (more)