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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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Inbox Revealed – How We Make Product a Company Effort

My previous post described our product pipeline at a high level. In this post i’ll focus on the first stage of the pipeline – the Inbox – and how we use Asana to initiate company-wide conversations about improvements to our products. As stated previously, the Inbox is where features / enhancements / ideas for the product are […]

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Cloud Performance – Why Long Distance Relationships Don’t Work

As companies turn to SaaSas a low cost, highly scalable, and agile way to host new applications, a number of cloud performance management and monitoring solutions are appearing. Salesforce led the CRMs in moving off of dedicated hardware, and other types of applications like email, project planning, and even EHR have followed suit. Moving away […]

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Vulnerability Scanning and Penetration Testing – How to Secure your Cloud Servers

One of the many challenges facing organizations these days is that certain parts of the business are either moving to SaaS or is already in the cloud. This brings a unique problem for everyone responsible for maintaining the web applications’ availability, performance, and functionality. Organizations often struggle to secure and protect business and customer data. […]

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Top 5 Salesforce Performance Problems

Salesforce has an online status dashboard, trust.salesforce.com, which many users leverage to monitor the application and determine whether it’s working properly and performing to expectations. However, trust.salesforce.com is really just an internal dashboard Salesforce set up for checking on whether everything within the Salesforce infrastructure and data center is functioning properly. It doesn’t really show […]

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