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SYS-CON Events announced today that G2G3 will exhibit at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Based on a collective appreciation for user experience, design, and technology, G2G3 i...
Decisions about budgets and resources are often made without IT even having a seat at the table. As technologist we understand the value of DevOps - but do your business counterparts? If they don't, your DevOps initiatives could lose funding before they start. In her session at DevOp...
Automated software testing continues to play a vital role in enterprise software delivery and the speed with which software-driven organizations can begin to produce value. You want to ensure quality software, alongside fast time to market. This article will cover the following questio...
There are not many times in my career that I am going to be able to quote Will Smith, but in the “Will2K” video, Will states “You Never Know Where You Are Going Until You Know Where You Have Been”. For me, this summarizes why measurements and metrics are so important. Unless you can u...
DevOps has quickly become the buzzword du jour for the software industry and promotes something that many developers and IT Administrators don’t enjoy: collaboration. According to Wikipedia, “DevOps acknowledges the interdependence of software development, quality assurance, and IT ope...
At Logentries, we feel strongly about the power of log data and the unparalleled role that logs can play in effective end-to-end system monitoring. Yet we feel it also important to recognize how other monitoring approaches can further supplement a log monitoring solution to provide eve...
I know of several large financial institutions that do all of their performance testing inside the firewall, and thus they own all of their own infrastructure, including dedicated servers that are used solely for load generation. With some of the large load generation requirements (whi...
Performance testing is one of the most important things you can do when building a web or mobile app, and it’s only becoming more vital as the expectations of users are going up. People demand access to anything, anywhere, anytime, and they’ll switch to a competitive solution if the ap...
Nobody wants to be in the news with headlines like this, but it happens. I’d like to share an interesting experience I had when meeting on site with an anonymous customer. I’ve since noticed this same problem a few times, concerning email marketing, conversion impact, nervous operators...
"What Dyn is able to do with our Internet performance and our Internet intelligence is give companies visibility into what is actually going on in that cloud," noted Corey Hamilton, Product Marketing Manager at Dyn, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 16th Cloud Expo, held June 9-11, 2015,...
Almost every functional department in a business is thinking about how the cloud applies to them. The benefits are clear – it is easier for geographically diverse teams to access and collaborate over data, it is convenient for users, and it can cost far less. When it comes to performan...
One of the consequences of digital disruption is that IT is propelled much closer to users, who expect applications and services to be available and to perform well anytime, anywhere, on any device. Communicating with the business now more than ever requires communicating with these us...
In a recent research, analyst firm IDC found that the average cost of a critical application failure is $500,000 to $1 million per hour and the average total cost of unplanned application downtime is $1.25 billion to $2.5 billion per year for Fortune 1000 companies. In addition to the ...
To manage complex web services with lots of calls to the cloud, many businesses have invested in Application Performance Management (APM) and Network Performance Management (NPM) tools. Together APM and NPM tools are essential aids in improving a business's infrastructure required to s...
In today's application economy, enterprise organizations realize that it's their applications that are the heart and soul of their business. If their application users have a bad experience, their revenue and reputation are at stake. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Anand Akela, Sen...
There has been a lot of discussion recently in the DevOps space over whether there is a unique form of DevOps for large enterprises or is it just vendors looking to sell services and tools. In his session at DevOps Summit, Chris Riley, a technologist, discussed whether Enterprise Dev...
While the DevOps movement and associated technologies have garnered much attention and fanfare, few have addressed the core issue - the hand off from development to operations. We tend to not acknowledge the importance of Release Management - a critical DevOps function. Release Mana...
According to the study, respondents have experienced anywhere from a 14 to 21 percent improvement in business in the form of increased numbers of customers, faster time-to-market and improved quality and performance of applications. US respondents have seen more improvements than the g...
Before the rise of DevOps, strong functional distinctions were supposed to help groups focus on their core competencies. Developers wrote code, operations provisioned and maintained infrastructure, and security found holes and worried about all the vulnerabilities they knew hadn't been...
Skeuomorphism usually means retaining existing design cues in something new that doesn’t actually need them. However, the concept of skeuomorphism can be thought of as relating more broadly to applying existing patterns to new technologies that, in fact, cry out for new approaches. I...
Here are a few questions to help you assess the scope of your release management challenges. Based on the answers to these questions, you can calculate your Release Management risk factor. This will help you understand what steps you need to take today to mitigate release management r...
The Capability Maturity Model (CMM) has become an essential tool for assessing IT initiatives. Originally developed to assess the capabilities of government subcontractors in the 1990s, the CMM is now used by IT management to define best practices in a particular practice area. From ...
Application metrics, logs, and business KPIs are a goldmine. It’s easy to get started with the ELK stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana) – you can see lots of people coming up with impressive dashboards, in less than a day, with no previous experience. Going from proof-of-concept ...
This is my first blog post at AppDynamics, and I have to say that it’s great to be aboard. It’s been a hectic first couple of weeks, but the energy, enthusiasm and friendliness of everyone I have met has made me very excited about 2015! AppDynamics has a market leading APM and analytic...
With DevOps now "eating the world", as Intellyx principal analyst Jason Bloomberg described in a recent Forbes article, a number of companies are beginning their own DevOps initiatives, and are now looking for "DevOps engineers" to help them get off the ground. This likely isn't a t...
Whether the goal is to achieve higher levels or productivity or generate greater customer engagement and revenue the venue today is the same: applications. In any application-focused business strategy, availability must be the keystone. When the business at large is relying on applica...
Dynatrace collects a wealth of monitoring data on applications and one of the great aspects is that it also provides interfaces allowing external applications to use this information. An example we’ve just recently seen in a blog post showed how you can use Dynatrace data to monitor yo...
A well-oiled APM solution comes from correlating bottom-up monitoring (infrastructure monitoring) with insights from top-down monitoring (real-time application monitoring) all within the context of the end-user-experience (EUE). But from what angle should we be looking at APM as it rel...
Application troubleshooting survey reveals integrated tools lead to significant response time improvements Thirty-seven percent of developers rely on user notifications to identify issues, yet integrated tools reduce customer impact by 62%. See the Infographic below or download the c...
As part of my Share Your PurePath and Performance Clinic initiatives I get to see lots of interesting problems out there. This time I picked two examples that just came in this week from Balasz and Daniel. Both wanted my opinion on why their apps show high response time contribution to...
‘Perfection would be a fatal flaw for evolution. ’In technology, as in life, everything evolves, grows, develops, mutates and eventually goes away, being replaced with improved versions. In the past several years, application development evolved and applications have come to play a mor...
Qubell announced on Monday the availability of the first autonomic application management platform for cloud applications. Qubell enables applications to become adaptive, self-managed services that configure, heal, optimize and protect themselves in response to changes within dynamic c...
According to research from VictorOps, DevOps is a growing trend from enterprise IT to SaaS solution providers. Additionally, the primary research shows that collaboration is essential as IT teams work toward faster time to resolution. Systems have grown too complex to continue limiting...
Dell Foglight has been named to IT Central Station’s ‘Top 10 Most Popular APM - 2015 Edition.’ IT Central Station is a dynamic community site with reviews, recommendations, and other expert advice for technology buyers. Foglight, Dell's application performance monitoring (APM) solutio...
Geist has released its next generation platform available in its R-series PDUs. This new platform delivers DEVOPS capabilities with improved APIs and automation capabilities, along with a host of enterprise features such as Active Directory integration, IPv6, increased logging capacit...
Of course, I work for an API security/management vendor (Axway), so you might think "he would say that". But, having an API Management strategy in place means that API Keys are protected at Runtime by an API Gateway, and issued at Design Time by an API Portal. What all of the recent AP...
Application Performance Management (APM) has been bred with all the right elements to give us the insights we need to see the health of our applications. Similar to your most trusted watch dog, it alerts us to anomalies when events occur, providing awareness to the environment that onl...
To manage complex web services with lots of calls to the cloud, many businesses have invested in Application Performance Management (APM) and Network Performance Management (NPM) tools. Together APM and NPM tools are essential aids in improving a business’s infrastructure required to s...
My favorite war room accusation is: “It’s always the network at fault!” Whether you’re the one taking the blame or the one pointing the finger likely has everything to do with which seat you occupy in that war room. I suppose that comes with the territory, because at the same time ther...
One of the most appealing benefits of cloud deployment is the ease of use and the flexibility of adding or removing compute capacity. You can dynamically allocate resources based on the changing workloads, which give you the flexibility in managing your compute cost. AWS Auto Scaling ...