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Wooed by the promise of faster innovation, lower TCO, and greater agility, businesses of every shape and size have embraced the cloud at every layer of the IT stack – from apps to file sharing to infrastructure. The typical organization currently uses more than a dozen sanctioned cloud...
DevOps, and Ops in general, is one of the most important components of a company’s production machine. Investing in building a winning DevOps team should be a priority for every company and will pay off quickly. As organizations and operations grow (products, features, number of custo...
Two years ago, we published an ebook on the True Impact of Third-party Tags. A lot can change in two years, especially when it comes to technology, so we felt it was time to revisit the sites we tested. In 2015, we analyzed sites across four verticals – US banking, ecommerce, news, and...
Last week, I tried to book a hotel for an upcoming business trip. I logged into the travel portal entered the city and dates of travel and clicked search. Then, I waited and waited and waited and waited, yet nothing happened. I tried again; same results. At this point, I gave up and mo...
If there are two departments that have undergone huge changes in recent years, it’s development and operations, and 2017 looks likely to see this trend continue. What’s on the horizon for the often dev-centric DevOps teams and operations in particular? According to Gartner Research, D...
One thing I have learned so far this holiday season is that a 15 pound turkey is too big for only 4 people! I love this time of year as it’s a chance for me to take time and read a number of the predictions articles that have come out in recent weeks. Here are some that have caught my ...
It doesn’t matter how often you move or where you are moving to, moving is stressful. There are so many questions to be answered, like: What if something breaks? How will this impact my commute? What is it going to cost? How safe is the new neighborhood?
The holiday shopping season, a time when Americans flock to the malls or online to find those must-have gifts, is about to kick off. Kids are pouring over catalogs and compiling their wish lists, adults are looking at the Black Friday ads to find the best bargain, and retailers are hop...
I was walking down the street in Toronto one morning juggling a large tray of Tim Horton's coffee. Standing at a busy corner, waiting for the walk signal, I overheard the following conversation: Woman: "I can't believe they delivered the new application with all those options. No on...
VMware configurations designed to provide high availability often make it difficult to achieve satisfactory performance required by mission-critical SQL Server applications. But what if it were possible to have both high availability and high performance without the high cost and compl...
This blog will be a series of posts that will discuss some of the most important performance metrics. We will analyze real-time data and compare the top performing websites with those at the lower end of the spectrum. Best practices will be discussed in detail to help those who want to...
The age of digital disruption is upon us, as the last decade alone has proven in terms of technology and disruption with the progression of organizations like Uber, Airbnb, and Netflix. We are also on the brink of new disruptions in industry, including banking or payments, insurance, h...
I’ve always wanted to be a starship pilot traveling the stars. While there is a slim chance of interstellar travel happening in my lifetime, we are starting to enter a fascinating era. We’re doing incredible things like landing on comets, testing ion engines , and even exploring EM-dri...
I’ve been flying quite a bit lately and I started thinking about why apps should be built more like planes. This is not meant to be a deep and insightful blog but rather amusing so I hope you enjoy my perspective!
An organizational culture that prioritizes coordinated response to incidents is vital for monitoring and managing an IT infrastructure. Incident management won’t go smoothly if teams don’t want to or know how to coordinate their response to alerts. To break it down simply, a coordinat...
Application performance problems can be quite challenging to resolve and even more difficult to predict. In my role as Dynatrace Guardian Consultant - leading the implementation of APM best practices with our customers - I've experienced quite a few "head-scratcher" situations. In this...
When we talk about today's technology environments, we're mostly talking about complexity. In the past decade or so, there have been some big changes in the way IT manages its resources and responsibilities. Along with the changes in technology (virtualization, cloud computing and othe...
Pokemon Go has stormed onto the scene this past week and the buzz is everywhere about it! However, being so successful in such a brief period of time can have a downside. Reports of players being unable to access services started appearing in relatively short order. Amazon's CTO jumped...
DNS is a core component of the Internet. This rather complex system exists to perform the basic function of translating website Domain names (ex: Catchpoint.com) into an IP address. It acts as the liaison between the language that users can understand, and the address of the data cente...
We in IT live in a complex world. While complexity is rapidly increasing, we are working hard on simplifying it. The two things occurring at the same time certainly do not make for a smooth or even linear transition, but at a minimum we are keeping complexity from overwhelming the numb...
Companies in the digital marketplace of the 21st century know a customer has their options. They make every minute of the day count for something, and they don’t have time to waste sitting in front of a screen waiting for something to load. If they feel like time is wasted with broken ...
DBmaestro has announced the release of TeamWork Version 5.1, which improves its database release automation interoperability to support seamless integration with all sources of database changes, while predicting the success of database deployments and alerting for configuration drift. ...
Designing for performance is absolutely essential; but runtime is so crazy a variable that we can reasonably blame too-early optimization for a non-negligible chunk of lousy UX and unmaintainable code. The latest Guide to Performance and Monitoring covers both the static and dynamic,...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Column Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Established in 1998, Column Technologies is a global technology solutions provider with ov...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Catchpoint Systems, Inc., a provider of innovative web and infrastructure monitoring solutions, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's DevOps Summit at 18th Cloud Expo New York, which will take place June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that AppNeta, the leader in performance insight for business-critical web applications, will exhibit and present at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. AppNet...
Stress Testing: A testing process designed to push an application’s environment to its breaking point so that QA teams can gain an understanding of the upper limits of capacity within the system. Its purpose: Stress testing exposes issues that may not appear under normal or even expect...
While some of you may have already looked into Continuous Performance Validation, we’d like to take this opportunity to discuss the concept in more detail and explain why it works for organizations using process and practices like agile, DevOps, continuous integration, continuous devel...
Historically, financial services have always been the early adopters and pioneers of advanced technology. I am talking about financial services in an all-inclusive sense - which encompasses a broad range of institutions that manage money, including credit unions, banks, credit card co...
In my previous posts I have been talking about the issues with DevOps as seen from the Operations side; the cultural changes needed and the reality of the challenges that are faced getting there. As a firm believer in the idea that you "never present a challenge without a possible solu...
So we have an eBook, The Top 10 Java Performance Problems, that we tweet out from time to time. Without exception, a few people reply with some version of “the problem is you’re using Java.” Java, apparently, is constantly criticized, and people have been predicting its demise for some...
LogicMonitor has announced new integrations with IT workflow and work collaboration technologies PagerDuty and Slack. Alongside other product enhancements, the announcement illustrates the company’s agile development framework and its ability to quickly produce product enhancements bas...
DevOps is one of those buzzwords that nearly everyone wants to discuss these days. However, it is often interpreted as an extension of Development's influence to the detriment of Operations teams. So much has changed in the past few years that it is conceivable we will see another maj...
An impressive IT strategy model known as Geographically Distributed Development or GDD is becoming a valuable ally for businesses in industrialized nations all over the world. GDD is taking the place of archaic business methodologies that utilize one or multiple project sites, resultin...
In part one of this series, "Rugged DevOps: Survival is Not Mandatory", I shared news that 1 in 16 open source and third-party components downloaded last year included a known vulnerability. That may not seem like too many until you realize the average company downloads well over 200,...
Why a discussion around Application Performance Analytics? There’s a lot of buzz in this industry around the topic of performance analytics – an informal subset of IT operations analytics (ITOA) – as a solution to the growing mountains of monitoring data and the increasing complexity o...
SYS-CON Events announced today that DDN Storage has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. DataDirect Networks (DDN) has announced it has continued its leadership as the dominant sto...
OK so here goes: why is DevOps not always the right way to go? Simply because not all systems are born equal. For a backend master customer data system, stability trumps iteration. Fail fast and roll forward simply aren't sustainable in many of today's most core business applications s...
SYS-CON Events announced today that AppNeta, the leader in performance insight for business-critical web applications, will exhibit and present at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. AppNe...
While I’ve had an interest in computers for almost as long as I can remember, it wasn’t until I was a freshman in college that I got my first computer-related job, as a Systems Administrator for the Center for Integrated Plasma Studies. It was, like all jobs at the university, a great ...