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What is the Impact of PaaS on APM?

In theory, since PaaS applications can be built using common standards and tools, it should be the same for building capabilities to monitor those applications. With less customization there should be easier monitoring, right? Well, if the content of the article, “Study: PaaS Market to Top $6.94B by 2018,” written by Chris Talbot in Talkin’ […]

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APM in the Cloud: Noteworthy Market Insight from Gigaom Research

We’re always keeping watch for the latest analyst report on the Application Performance Monitoring (APM) market and few have caught our eye more than the report recently released by Gigaom Research entitled “Sector Roadmap: Application-management solutions for distributed and cloud environments.” Written by well-known APM expert, author and analyst, Bernd Harzog, the report delves into […]

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Internet Slowdown Day: Too Painful to be Real?

Yesterday was Go Slow Day on the Internet. As lawmakers consider the latest arguments on how much control ISPs should be allowed to exert over the networks that support the wider internet, websites like Reddit, Etsy, and Vimeo are staging a protest. Yesterday, they committed to slowing down their main sites, giving users a glimpse […]

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Sight Beyond Site: FlowView Cross Location Reporting

One of the main use cases for customers of AppNeta is understanding and ensuring that their critical web applications, including SaaS applications, are working well and users are happy with the performance. There are many challenges in making sure business critical SaaS applications are working well: accurately measuring the user experience, understanding how the local […]

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DRY Mockery in Python Testing

Note: the code referenced in this post, along with some extra context, can be found on github. I have tried to link into the repo at each of the inline code samples, for convenience. It might be useful to refer to the repo as a whole, though, rather than just the swatches under discussion. When […]

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TraceView Downtime Post-Mortem

On Monday afternoon TraceView experienced two brief data outages impacting a fraction of our customers. Affected users may notice intermittent gaps in their data — how to know if your account was affected. During this time, several of our collector servers (trace data collection endpoints) experienced connection problems while attempting to forward data along to […]

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Customizing Chef Bootstrap Templates

At AppNeta, we use Chef to set up EC2 instances for the purpose of testing our TraceView instrumentation modules.  TraceView has agents for Java, .NET, Python, Ruby, and PHP, and one of the most important requirements for all of these is that they’re easy to deploy (typically less than 5 minutes). This means it should be […]

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Telecoms: The Impact of Over-the-Top Content

It’s Chinese New Year – Year of Horse. This used to be one of the best business time of the year for Telecom operators, in China for example. Traditionally, Chinese people took this time for family gathering, friendship bonding, just like westerners at Christmas. Being a “connection-oriented” society – meaning whom you know and what […]

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How Logging Killed a Java Web Server

Logging is an essential component in any application as it gives useful insight into code execution. When tracking down bugs, robust logging aids developers by providing additional information without deploying debugging tools. However, in a recent memory problem we investigated, a seemingly harmless logging statement almost killed the whole web application!

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Jenkins: Multiple Branches, Multiple Job Configs

In the name of continuous delivery, we recently changed our Software Development Cycle (SDLC). Instead of working on just two major branches using SVN (current and future sprint), we create a branch for every new feature and issue using git. Once verified and tested, these feature branches get merged into the master branch. With Jenkins […]

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