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I've always believed that tech companies only last in the market by listening to their customers. You can get carried away and add the coolest technology to your product, but if it doesn't provide real business value to the customer, it's useless. Based on discussions with our customer...
Ninety-percent of your users want your site to perform well during peak periods, like the last month or so. That's according to a study by Compuware, in which they also found that most dissatisfied users will throw you under a bus if your app or site performs poorly while they're despe...
Web app attacks are on the rise. According to Verizon's Data Breach Investigations Report, web app attacks doubled in frequency from 2012 to 2013, jumping from under 20% to 40% of recorded incidents. That should be a concern, because it's an application world and that means we're also...
DPS, or damage per second, is a somewhat self-describing term for the amount of damage that can be dealt (by a single person or a group) in one second. It's typically used by players of online games such as World of Warcraft or Diablo. Not that us old skool table top gamers don't calcu...
It is important that operations be in the loop when it comes to planning any software deployment. They need to know when the project starts, not at the last minute about your new deployment. Ensure that operations is aware of any infrastructure changes needed well in advance. If the op...
No trend is currently as hot as containers and particularly the popular container management system Docker. Although arguably just maturing, it has already reached almost mythical proportions of cloud hype. Docker would make virtualization superfluous, replace PaaS all together and tha...
Log data provides the most granular view into what is happening across your systems, applications, and end users. Logs can show you where the issues are in real-time, andprovide a historical trending view over time. Logs give you the whole picture. Yesterday we announced a new Communi...
The Development Dashboard shows the planned major releases and maintenance releases of our products and plugins. You can use the dashboard to search for the estimated release date and version of a particular issue (such as an issue created as the result of a Feature Request), or simply...
Cloud computing adds flexibility to enterprise IT. When companies wish to take advantage of this, they are finding they need to turn to microservices instead of their traditional, monolithic architectures to accommodate frequent change. Microservices can overcome the challnges prese...
Cyber security is rapidly becoming a significant issue in the C-suite as well as the population at large. The results of Dell's Global Technology Adoption Index(GTAI) [1] show that security is a top concern for most of the 2000 global small and medium businesses surveyed. The outcomes ...
According to Pardalis, Salesforce employed the most successful method of exposing their APIs at the event, lessening security measures, and including a visual platform that greatly aided in onboarding developers so that direct calls via REST was not necessary. Now, reading between the ...
There are now more people talking about DevOps. They're talking louder. Websites with larger viewerships will now put DevOps in a headline because it has become good for SEO. But amplitude is not the same thing as information. A cat meme shared a million times doesn't have any more inf...
Today’s software testing practices are abysmal. You’re a major provider of health insurance services to general consumers. Your website is a primary means of interacting with your customers and allowing them view coverage, locate in-plan providers, review Explanation of Benefits ...
2014 has been another year of growth and change for the workload automation industry. As the industry continues to evolve and mature, we are seeing workload automation becoming a necessary staple for most enterprises. According to leading technology analysts, 2015 promises to continue ...
The most common concern our customers voiced in 2014 was the unexpected outcomes of Agile projects. They don't talk about failure as such. But they do talk about loss of consistency; inability to govern; lack of coordination and the increasing time-to-market caused by these precise iss...
There is a difference. One is strategic, one is tactical. One lays the foundation for the future, the other sweeps the past under the rug. There is a move (again) in technology that pits consolidation as the be-all and end-all of tactical maneuvers in the data center to reduce opera...
As more and more organizations embrace DevOps, lean, agile, and other methods to increase efficiency and accelerate software delivery, it's not surprising that 2014 brought lots of interest in Continuous Testing. In case you missed them, here are the top 10 CT resources of the year. H...
These are exciting times to be working in business technology. Now, the convergence of mobile, cloud and social computing has enabled businesses to better connect, engage and capture new customers within their markets from the software applications they develop. But there’s a catch. T...
It is not easy setting your infrastructure free, but when you do, the benefits of better application performance, better tools for developers, and better control over your “datacenter” make it worth it. There is a whole lot of talk about this DevOps thing. Pushing teams to move faster...
The problem today’s organizations face is that digital transformation relies both upon technology advancement as well as organizational innovation – and yet, it seems our inability to accelerate the latter may be putting the whole kit and caboodle in jeopardy. If only we could bottle u...
I’ve been working in small and large software startups for the last 20 years and currently have the privilege of being the CEO of a startup, Storage Made Easy, for the last 3 years. With the advent of 2015 I have not doubt that there will be many people considering whether to take t...
Wow, this cloud OS scene is really speeding up. Without going all Ray Kurweil on you, I can't keep up - literally! In my last blog post, I said I'd cover Kubernetes in more detail, explore what plans Mesosphere might have for Mesos and explore how Linux containers would play with clust...
A little while back, we blogged on key performance metrics that top Operations teams track. Mean time to resolution (MTTR) was one of those metrics. It’s the time between failure & recovery from failure, and it’s directly linked to your uptime. MTTR is a great metric to track; however,...
You’re probably hearing the word ChatOps more and more – at conferences, on Reddit and Hacker News, around the water cooler (or keg) – but what does it actually mean? And why and how would you implement it at your organization? ChatOps, a term widely credited to GitHub, is all about...
Software-defined architectures are critical for achieving the right mix of efficiency and scale needed to meet the challenges that will come with the Internet of Things If you've been living under a rock (or rack in the data center) you might not have noticed the explosive growth of te...
1. In 2014, we continued to see the rapid ascent of a new generation of APM company that is leveraging big data, cloud, SOA, analytics and Agile technologies to out-innovate the solutions provided by legacy APM providers. We will see more of this in 2015 with many older companies going...
How agile is your IT organization? Have you kept pace with the rapid evolution of cloud computing services? Have you applied that cloud investment to connect with your key stakeholders in the marketplace? Are you ready to seize the opportunities from the emerging mobile cloud trend? I...
"The year ahead brings accelerated disruption, as those technologies which we spoke about last year as being emergent -- have now begun to evolve to practical application," stated Puneet Gupta, Brillio's Chief Technology Officer. "We are seeing the industry's rapid adoption of next-gen...
This is one of the reasons lots of 'traditional' Infrastructure and Application Performance Management (APM) vendors have joined the DevOps mission and started offering many tools and products in support of this. While there are lot of merits in these tools, if we go by the first p...
With every enterprise-grade software tool, there’s a right and a wrong way to use it. Luckily for AppDynamics’ customers, we have superb customer success team to help facilitate this process and teach our users the best practices — this might be why they keep recommending AppDynamics t...
This past week the Appcore team got the opportunity to attend one of the industry’s leading cloud events, Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, CA. We spent a lot of time interacting with attendees at the exhibit portion of the event. As a software company with a sole commitment to CloudStack, we...
One of the most time consuming tasks for the Fortune 50 DBAs we work with is SQL review. Some DBAs are allocating 70% of their time manually reviewing SQL scripts. They are checking for the same things in SQL that tools like FindBugs are looking for in Java code: code patterns that i...
The JVM issues vary from Java OutOfMemory Error to JVM Crash. Application developers might be not completely equipped to determine the root cause of the issue, hence DevOps can play a vital role in narrowing down the issue and connecting the right people/team to rectify the problem. ...
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Just last year, a CA Technologies and Vanson Bourne survey revealed that DevOps was not a sure-fire hit— 16 percent of senior IT professionals did not know what DevOps was, and an additional 18 percent had no plans to adopt it. Fast forward one year and the results tell an entirely new...
​Skytap is occasionally asked how our service overlaps with provisioning and deployment tools like Puppet and Chef. While those tools do have some conceptual overlap both with each other and with Skytap, their roles are fairly distinct in practice. Skytap's service provides environ...
SYS-CON Media announced today that Skytap blog on "DevOps Journal" exceeded 84,000 story reads. DevOps Journal is focused on this critical enterprise IT topic in the world of cloud computing. DevOps Journal brings valuable information to DevOps professionals who are transforming the wa...
Lori MacVittie is responsible for education and evangelism of application services available across F5's entire product suite. Her role includes authorship of technical materials and participation in a number of community-based forums and industry standards organizations, among other e...
All prognosticators, even us who simply roll out a single annual list, hope for two things: one, that your predictions get a lot of traction and shares across the industry, and two, that you end up actually being correct. Anil Batra’s list of 2014 predictions has turned a lot of hea...
Using a performance monitoring system that you built yourself? You are not alone!  Many organizations monitor their applications and IT infrastructure with a bolted-together and often incompatible assortment of tools.  With larger organizations this can number to a dozen or more differ...


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