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Bottom line up front, IDC estimates that application downtime costs the collective Fortune 1000 an average of $1.25 to $2.5 billion per year. More granularly, IDC estimates the average hourly cost of an infrastructure failure at $100,000/hr., and puts the hourly cost for the failure o...
In Agent version 1.61 we introduced support for the communication protocol Thrift. Thrift is a cross-platform cross-language communication framework that behaves very much like web services and so therefore automatically show ups in ruxit monitoring. It’s used by a wide variety p...
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, and provide a historical trending view over time. Logs give you the whole picture. Modern infrastructure constantly g...
Hang around any IT department (or the AppDynamics offices) and you likely won’t finish a cup of coffee before somebody brings up the cost of downtime or the ascent of DevOps. And that’s a good thing, because these are two topics that are central to the value that IT brings to enterpris...
By default, Elasticsearch does a good job of figuring the type of data in each field of your logs. But if you like your logs structured like we do, you probably want more control over how they’re indexed: is time_elapsed an integer or a float? Do you want your tags analyzed so you can ...
IBM InterConnect is next week! It is IBMs premier conference focussed on all aspects of the IT Industry – Cloud, Mobile, Analytics, Internet of Things – you name it! I will of course be there for DevOps. With literally 100s of sessions dedicated to DevOps, this is the largest DevOps...
Your #monitoringlife is about to get better! Next week’s release introduces support for asynchronous I/O in Java through Netty. This enables you to monitor any application that’s built on top of Netty-based technology. Netty is an asynchronous event-driven network application fra...
Monitoring systems can help you better manage your uptime, but even though you may spend a lot of time configuring checks and thresholds to identify problems early, your alerts are only as good as your incident response processes. One of the biggest challenges we’ve seen when talking w...
Selling your startup’s product using a freemium model can be an enticing option early on, seemingly offering you the best chance to get as many new customers on board using your product as possible. Be aware however that going with a freemium model may distract you from your real goals...
With “microSOAvices” environments, it seems like everything is different—software development methodologies, continuous deployments, and more. Another difference—one that’s often overlooked—is the importance of application performance monitoring in microSOAvices . This blog post explai...
This is aimed to be your one-stop-shop for everything microservices: Interesting posts and interesting people. Microservices is a software architecture approach that propagates small (in terms of responsibility) and independent components instead of monolithic all-in-one components. Se...
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an approach for abstracting enterprise software capabilities as reusable services in order to support more flexible business processes and ideally, more agile organizations. SOA was one of the hottest topics in information technology (IT) back off...
New functionality is rolling out in SPM Performance Monitoring! Watch this space for future posts on Transaction Tracing, Global and App-specific Server Views, Kafka 0.8.2 monitoring and other cool stuff. For this post, those of you who use HAProxy are in luck as we just adde...
"Programmability in the network" is a wordy yet simpler way to describe the extension of network capabilities through the use of software-defined techniques. See what I mean? In any case, whatever you want to call it, there are two distinct methods of leveraging programmability in ...
Microservices, for the uninitiated, are essentially the decomposition of applications into multiple services. This decomposition is often based on functional lines, with related functions being grouped together into a service. While this may sound a like SOA, it really isn't, especiall...
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, here's a little love letter from "the Cloud" that originally appeared in our partner Parasoft's perspective guide to Service Virtualization. But we think it's especially appropriate now. Enjoy!​ - N.W., Ed. Hey, I know it’s been a while since we start...
How much time does it take between collecting data and taking meaningful action based upon the insight you are able to glean from those data? Depending on the technology, it might take a week to a month or more. Today, of course, we can do better than a week. As our technology impro...
Dev and Ops dated for about four years before they decided to get married. Now they will be living together and sharing so much more; will their relationship last? How will it need to change to support the additional closeness? Read more about their journey and how they are planning to...
Just as big box stores will see an increase in foot traffic, web outlets will also see more consumer transactions in the days prior. With increased mobile use, it is important to remember to test both your web and mobile application versions, and everything in between. If not, you may ...
Last year, we launched Single Sign-On (SSO) to make it easier and more secure to manage your PagerDuty users. We’re excited to add Google Apps as an SSO partner alongside Okta, OneLogin, Ping Identity, Active Directory, and more. Why Use SSO with PagerDuty? Revoke User Access. Us...
“Solr or Elasticsearch?”…well, at least that is the common question I hear from Sematext’s consulting services clients and prospects. Which one is better, Solr or Elasticsearch? Which one is faster? Which one scales better? Which one can do X, and Y, and Z? Which one is easier to ...
The annual holiday shopping season, which starts on Thanksgiving weekend and runs through the end of December, is undoubtedly the most crucial time of the year for many eCommerce websites, with sales from this period having a dramatic effect on the year-end bottom line. Web performanc...
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, and provide a historical trending view over time. Logs give you the whole picture. In the age of Big Data we are taug...
DevOps is gaining serious momentum within enterprises as of late. The big business driver is the pursuit of agility and improved reliability and quality. Adopting DevOps can be challenging because it often requires drastic changes in culture, process, and technology. Those com...
I have seen many DevOps initiatives at various levels of maturity. One common pattern in successful ones is that they have made progress in automating the build process or the provisioning of environments. Both of these accomplishments are necessary and worthy of focus, but the e...
In late August, voke, Inc. debuted its “Market Snapshot Report: Virtual and Cloud-Based Labs,” about how companies of all sizes and levels of testing sophistication view, use and benefit from virtual and cloud-based development and testing technologies. The results were pretty amazing―...
I'm super excited to announce RxMule, my latest open source project. RxMule provides reactive extensions for Mule ESB, via a set of specific bindings for RxJava. For several years, I've been mulling over the idea of creating a DSL for configuring Mule. Indeed, there is a treasure tr...
Evolve or Die: What Agile and Continuous Delivery Mean for Change Management Change Management was designed to cater for “big bang” software changes with enormous risk, as a means of preventing disaster by exhaustive review. Modern software development has moved on. Continuous Deliver...
But is DevOps really a significant trend, or merely a fad? International Data Corporation (IDC) believes that DevOps will be adopted -- in either practice or discipline -- by 80% of Global 1000 organizations by 2019. IDC released a summary the findings from their "2014 DevOps Benchm...
A focus on automation is now a very common trait for large enterprises today. Faced with rising competition and the unrelenting need to evolve their user experience to match changing customer expectations, enterprises now need to innovate even faster than before. Automation is part ...
In between trying to organise my brothers I spent my teenage years involved in a couple of ventures, including building a telephone-based equivalent to ‘match.com'. I spent a great deal of time graphing and projecting the results from the content we posted to try and predict how engagi...
You need to get to a stage where Dev and Ops are not only working together and understanding what each other are doing, but where IT is a real driver of business performance. Getting to that stage is going to require some heavy lifting in the background, but get it right and you'll be ...
This week's post is taken from a collection of stories and a Q&A session based around the experiences of Brad Stoner, an expert in testing, performance and Virtual Users. Brad is a senior performance engineer at Neotys and was the manager of the Load and Performance Team at H&R Block. ...
It's an exciting time in technology! The role of IT Ops is undergoing a seismic shift in meeting the ever increasing and pressurized demands from the business they serve. It seems only yesterday that client-server computing was being adopted by business users as a new-world alternative...
How does finance meet this expectation, when running critical processes such as reconciling finances by running month-end, quarter-end or year-end close consumes enormous amounts of resources? What kind of resources do you have tied up each time you close the books? An even scarier tho...


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