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Configuring fault-tolerant path alerts

For many years, AppNeta has provided best-of-breed performance management for apps you build and apps you buy.  Central to this service is the ability to create timely alerts when latency and network connectivity exceed your established thresholds. At present, alerts are dispatched by email which – in certain configurations – can create a circular dependency: […]

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Office 365: What to Consider As You Migrate

Many businesses these days are migrating to Office 365. It is important that when implementing a migration, they make sure the user experience is optimized both during the migration and afterwards. Gartner recently released a study indicating that, by 2017, 33% of all users will be on cloud-based business office systems such as Office 365. […]

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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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Designing Babel: Leveraging Polyglot Architectures

The story of the Tower of Babel is one of western civilization’s earliest cautionary tales. Encoded in its telling, we find the earliest known argument against polyglot architectures. The plethora of languages, the argument states, impedes productivity and detracts from the oneness of the people. In fact, there’s very little argument against polyglot programming or […]

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Slow Your Role: ChatOps Access Control

ChatOps is a growing trend in the DevOps world, where one can monitor and control infrastructure and operations from the convenience of a chat room. From building Jenkins jobs to executing Fabric tasks, the possibilities are endless thanks to Hubot and it’s constantly growing script ecosystem. One of the controversial tenets of ChatOps is the […]

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Parallelizing FlowView: Performance Improvements

FlowView provides detailed insight into the applications on one’s network, but to achieve this, we need to store a lot of data. Behind the scenes, when we are trying to get top applications or top hosts and categories, FlowView has two available data sources: Google BigQuery and raw capture files. BigQuery is fast for many […]

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Measuring Your Web App Performance with Apache Bench

When you are being tasked to find and fix those pesky slow pages in your web app, you might have hard time finding where to start. Identifying top performance bottlenecks is always difficult, since there are many factors that lead to slow server response time : slow application logic, poorly indexed database queries, a myriad […]

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Real-Time Operational Insight into AppNeta using ElasticSearch

AppNeta’s customers deploy thousands of appliances at customer locations across the globe. These appliances continuously collect data about target applications and networks, then store and analyze it from a cloud-based management system. Management of these appliances is not an easy task. They are often installed in remote locations where local IT staff is not readily […]

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How to Assess the Impact of Salesforce Downtime

When a Salesforce downtime occurs, it gets a lot of notice. You see it picked up on Twitter and in the press. With 93,000 customers around the globe, Salesforce is the poster child for SaaS services. Whenever there’s an issue, people start to question it and cloud services in general. If you look at the […]

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Faking the Funk: Mocking External Services in Python Tests

In this day and age, it’s difficult to build an application that does not rely on some type of external service. Whether the service is handling user identity, analyzing interesting data, or hurling RESTful insults, you have to accept the fact that you now have a dependency on something you do not control. One place […]

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