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One hour before March Madness is about to begin, the CBS Sports app crashes. Per Twitter, college basketball fans across the country are freaking out, trying to get their last minute bracket changes completed before the first game begins. Millions of fans around the world are expected...
If technical debt were like monetary debt, it would be hard to keep track of it unless you checked in manually. The only way many people find out their checking account is running out of funds is by logging in and checking the balance — or, worse, having a check bounce or a debit card ...
When you have a billion users, people notice. That’s where our story about DevOps and Yahoo! starts. For Kishore Jalleda and Gopal Mor, both engineers at Yahoo!, when something goes wrong on a Yahoo! page, people will notice. Correction: a lot of people will notice. Of course, Yaho...
Even though DevOps has been around for a few years, it still is a fuzzy area for some organizations. A mashup of development and operations teams, DevOps centers on collaboration and a culture that seamlessly integrates developers and IT operations teams working to put out the best new...
Functional monitoring is the process of looking at the functionality offered by a single application or by a distributed system. It aims at the process of assessing the availability and functionality of the use cases of the system. It checks that the system is capable of giving desired...
We’ve all been there. Some unexpected error pops up, and we’re frantically filling out a support ticket to figure out what went wrong as quickly as possible. As software delivery continues to increase in complexity, the role of technical support is becoming increasingly important to an...
Can a better UX simultaneously deliver a worse user experience? It sounds like a paradox, but it may be more common than you think. It describes a category of UX design practices that have little to do with improving the actual experience and everything to do with suggesting that the e...
DevOps has grown exponentially especially during the past 3 years, in facts its tentacles spreads beyond Dev and Ops but some organization's still see DevOps as an extension of Agile practice. It's because how as an organization perceive DevOps, while the scrum master's objective is t...
Functional testing is a type of software testing that evaluates the performance of individual functions of a software application. The purpose of functional testing is to ensure that the application and all of its individual functions work as they should in the real world and meet all ...
Here at PagerDuty, we spend a lot of time thinking about how we can help the DevOps community and IT professionals succeed. We’re particularly interested in the “hows and whys” of evolving DevOps practices, how to deliver value to our practitioners, and how to better serve the communit...
So you've decided to take the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) approach to cloud migration. That's great-you're on your way to realizing the cost savings and flexibility of cloud computing. But the decisions don't stop when you choose between SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. Choosing your pu...
Smart devices require smart monitoring. That’s not a platitude. It’s an imperative. In fact, the smarter the device, the smarter you need to be about monitoring it. As headlines have shown, unmonitored, unprotected smart devices may be a disaster (or a DDoS attack) just waiting to hap...
Thanks to the DevOps movement, we now understand why software delivery chains that consist of a series of silos are bad. They complicate communication between different teams, leading to delivery delays, backtracking, and bugs. When it comes to incident management, there is another ty...
How often is an environment unavailable due to factors within your project’s control? How often is an environment unavailable due to external factors? Are the software and hardware in an environment up to date with the target Production systems? How often do you have to resort to manua...
What do I think of when I’m told a company wants to adopt DevOps? The first thing that comes to mind is the size of the organization, and how far they want to take DevOps best practices. I really want to know what DevOps adoption will mean for the company. In my experience, it gets esp...
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...
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...