Engineering, Product

11 Best Practices for Continuous Performance Testing

Capturing reliable telemetry on your apps is less about which toolchains you use, and more about using them effectively to automate the processes and techniques we discussed in my prior blogs (part 1, part 2, part 3) in this series. Don’t get me wrong, having the right tools is paramount, but when it comes to […]

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Why APM Matters in AWS Lambda and Serverless

In the last few years, we’ve heard a lot of buzz about cloud strategies. Although it has become something of a buzzword in broader circles, from a technical perspective, the purposes of “cloud” can be boiled down into two objectives: Actively manage as little infrastructure as possible Facilitate change within applications as much as possible From […]

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Advances In Mesh Technology Make It Easier for the Enterprise to Embrace Containers and Microservices

More enterprises are embracing containers and microservices, which bring along additional networking complexities. So it’s no surprise that service meshes are in the spotlight now. There have been substantial advances recently in service mesh technologies—including Istio’s 1.0, Hashi Corp’s Consul 1.2.1, and Buoyant merging Conduent into LinkerD—and for good reason. Some background: service meshes are […]

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Why DevOps Often Fails in FinServ

Financial services organisations are often late adopters of new technologies and methodologies. There are a number of reasons for this, some related to the way regulators and auditors operate in the industry, others to the difficulties of replacing old systems and practices, which often scale to such levels that it’s not always feasible to replace […]

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How to Monitor Code You Didn’t Write

Almost no one writes all their own code. Whether you are an engineer in IT operations or a developer, you are most likely working with code written by someone outside your organization. As a result, one question we hear repeatedly is how do you monitor third-party code? The answer is that it depends whether you […]

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How APM Can Support Service Assurance

I’m a New Zealand-based Senior Sales Engineer for AppDynamics with more than 12 years of experience in the IT sector. I’ve had a lot of interesting work-related experiences over the years—living in Thai hospitals, traveling by armed convoy to remote gold mining sites, and even getting down and dirty with calculating the yield of offal […]

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Puppet, an Oldie but Goodie: A DevOps Eponym

Calling a software company that was founded in 2005 an “oldie but goodie” might sound a little ludicrous. After all, AppDynamics, founded in 2008, was not far behind. But technology advances at a dizzying pace, and it’s not unusual for “older” tech of a decade or so to feel antiquated, even quaint. So does Puppet, […]

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The Human Masterminds Behind AI at AppDynamics

A renown data scientist at Bell Laboratories, Tian Bu was ready for a new challenge in early 2015. But of all the places he imagined himself working, Cisco wasn’t on the list. Bu thought of Cisco as a hardware company whose business appeared to lack the very thing that mattered most to him—compelling problems that […]

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How to Optimize Enterprise-Scale Node.js Applications

Node.js is rapidly becoming one of the most popular platforms for building fast, scalable web and mobile applications. In fact, the 2017 Node.js User Survey reveals that there are currently over 7 million Node.js instances online, with three in four users planning to increase their use of Node.js in the next 12 months. And it’s […]

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It’s Time to Rethink Using Log Analytics for APM

Monitoring is complicated, with multiple tools in use and many more available to us for little or no cost. These tools provide many ways to be alerted when issues are detected as well as valuable insight into solving those issues quickly. Given their flexibility, especially with today’s powerful and scalable log analytics solutions, they can […]