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Boston Backbone.js Meetup meets TBone
October 9, 2013 by

Industry Insights

Last night, I had the pleasure of discussing TBone with the Boston Backbone.js Meetup hosted by Bocoup. Turnout was great, with about sixty folks and plenty of pizza and beer (sponsored by AppNeta – thanks AppNeta! …). TBone is a JavaScript reactive programming and live templating library originally built on top of Backbone, a popular
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AppView Web Global: Now with Free Trial!

Company News

Today, we launched an important milestone for AppView Web: free trials for everybody! Monitoring performance has historically been a cumbersome process, including multiple phone calls with sales reps, paperwork trades back and forth, and delays that give any performance problem more than enough time to go away on its own. AppView Web’s unique outside-in perspective
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APM Challenge: Managing Complex Web Applications
October 3, 2013 by

Industry Insights

I recently had the chance to participate in “The APM Challenge“–a discussion on the present and future of managing the performance of complex applications.  Patrick Lightbody of New Relic and I had a great discussion, moderated by Robin Layland of Network World.  In addition to it being an enjoyable chat, it turned into a paper
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Suddenly I can see…everything in my network path
October 1, 2013 by

Networking Technology

“Why monitor a path and not just the device?” It’s a great question that I routinely get asked when talking about our technology on demonstrations, and it just so happens that I had a good chance to conduct a little experiment outside of a normal work environment during my recent trip to our nation’s capital
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How Loading Time Affects Your Bottom Line (from Kissmetrics)
September 24, 2013 by

Industry Insights

The fine folks over at KissMetrics put together a stunning infographic on just how important this performance stuff is. It’s easy to get caught up in shipping features and polishing UX, but sometimes, the low-hanging fruit is the first performance step, not the 50th A/B test. Check it out below (click for a larger version)
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A Gentle X-Trace Introduction
September 23, 2013 by

Performance Monitoring

In the world of SaaS applications, good monitoring can be the difference between a successful product and a failure. There’s a lot of ink spilled on what to do with your monitoring data, but somewhat less of what that data actually is. Etsy’s Measure Everything is a great place to start. Capture points of interest
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End-User Monitoring: RUM or Synthetic?
September 20, 2013 by

Performance Monitoring

Performance for end-users is the metric by which most businesses judge their web applications’ performance: is the responsiveness of the application an asset or a liability to the business?  Studies show that users are growing more and more demanding, while average pageloads are getting bigger and bigger–more than doubling in weight since 2010.  Combine that
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Bringing the Power of Big Data to Application Performance Monitoring

Company News

We’re excited to announce a major re-architecting of the platform underlying our data collection, storage, and retrieval. As the number of metrics from all the different technologies continues to rise (now over 2 trillion per month!), we’ve been hard at work re-building the infrastructure that powers our products. Read on for the full press release,
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Stacks of Cache
September 18, 2013 by

Performance Monitoring

Everyone likes cache. How can you not? In countless cases, you can remediate performance problems quickly and cheaply by adding a cache layer to your stack. It’s like bolting a nitrous oxide system onto your tricked out street racer, or throwing dry leaves on your campfire. Immediate, obvious big performance difference, teeny-tiny investment of effort.
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Drupal 8: Front to Back
September 12, 2013 by

Performance Monitoring

Over the past few months I’ve covered some of the many ways in which Drupal 8 is a large departure from its predecessors. While I’ve mainly written about the new backend architecture, Drupal’s frontend is also experiencing plenty of exciting changes. Its visual identity may still be the soft blue and white that we’ve come
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