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In my last post I showed different approaches for load testing the server side. In this post I will highlight some tools I use to monitor the performance of the client side. In modern Javascript-intensive web applications, users spend more time waiting on client-side rendering than the...
Like many of you, I’ve been following the news about the Obamacare situation. I’m not going to blame the President or his administration for the performance issues that Healthcare.gov are experiencing. I’m not going to blame the contractors that did the integration work. Instead ...
I wanted to see what all the Node.js hype was about so I decided to run some head to head load tests using Ghost (Node.js) and WordPress (php). The results were incredible with Ghost soundly trouncing WordPress. It was like watching a starship racing an airplane (well, what I imagine t...
The performance of your application affects your business more than you might think. Top engineering organizations think of performance not as a nice-to-have, but as a crucial feature of their product. Those organizations understand that performance has a direct impact on user experien...
My wife is a shopoholic and serial checkout killer. Every week she spends several hours browsing and carefully adding items to shopping carts. Every now and then she’ll interrupt my sports program with an important announcement “My Checkout just failed”. Take this exa...
The Affordable Care Act and its many affiliated health exchanges have been online now for 11 days. To say this first week and a half has been challenging from an IT perspective is an understatement. Persistent “glitches” in these applications continue to prevent consumers from enrollin...
Failure to take action is costing your company millions in lost revenue and is hurting your personal life. Sometimes we are so busy putting out application fires and just keeping the lights on that we don’t think we have the time to tackle “yet another project”. Even when we know for s...
I’ve been looking forward to writing this blog for some time. Over the past two years I’ve worked with many enterprise customers to document the pain they solved using AppDynamics. A common question I always ask is “What was the actual business impact of that slowdown...
DevOps has proven itself across many smaller organizations but large enterprises are usually slow to change. It can be a daunting task even identifying where to make changes since there are so many processes and organizational silos to get in the way. As a veteran employee of small, me...
I didn’t realize it until recently but now I know that I failed one of my previous companies when I was their monitoring architect. It’s not easy to admit past failures but it’s an important part of growing as a professional and as a person. Before I explain how I fai...
Taken from DevOpsDownUnder in Sydney, Australia, July 2013. DevOps, when done right, usually goes unnoticed. It’s only when something breaks that all eyes turn to IT. If your boss only sees you when the app is down, however, that’s not really doing your career any favors. In this sessi...
Today marked the launch of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which included the rollout of online health insurance exchanges in every US state and Washington, DC. Ahead of the launch, several states reported difficulties getting these new websites to function properly, and many expe...
Another AppJam San Francisco is over, and it was our best one yet! Over 300 APM users and experts joined us at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco for a day full of great sessions from our CEO, Expedia and the AppDynamics product team. In case you weren’t able to join us in SF, he...
As an operations guy I really don’t keep up with the latest and greatest when it comes to software development. I often hear developers discussing new languages or libraries but rarely care enough to jump in and figure out why it’s important to me. I’ve heard a lot of discussion about ...
Node.js is rapidly becoming one of the most popular platforms for building fast, scalable web applications. According to a W3C tech survey, adoption of Node.js doubled in the last year alone, and the Node.js application server is currently the 14th most popular in the world. Today a ra...
I’m excited to announce that the AppDynamics family just got a little bit bigger – we’ve acquired Nodetime, a monitoring and analytics solution for the Node.js platform. This acquisition allows us to offer the best Node.js monitoring solution on the market to our customers,...
According to a report from Kleiner Perkins, mobile applications now account for 15% of all Internet traffic, with 1.5 billion users worldwide. This means that the performance of mobile applications is more important than ever both to the end users and to the companies that depend on th...
At AppDynamics we get the opportunity to see the inner workings of a lot of applications. While these applications all seem pretty different to their end users, what’s under the hood usually doesn’t vary that much (sorry, your app isn’t a unique snowflake after all). They all hav...
I’ve been looking into a lot of different statistical methods and algorithms lately and one particularly interesting model is Apdex. If you haven’t heard of it yet, Apdex has been adopted by many companies that sell monitoring software. The latest Apdex specification (v1.1)...
Server monitoring a foundational component to any data center monitoring architecture but it has become a crutch and a deterrent to successfully building out a holistic monitoring platform. Servers exist to run applications and you will never properly monitor applications with server m...
Performance monitoring comes in all different shapes and sizes but the end goal is the same. Performance monitoring tools exist to help ensure a fast and stable quality of service. Statistically speaking there are many methods to determine just how good of an overall experience your ap...
Unscheduled downtime happens all the time. In 2012 alone dozens of big-name websites went down for hours at a time, from GoDaddy.com to, well, almost anything running on Amazon. Every time an outage occurs, the Internet has a field day speculating about everything from the cause of the...
At Velocity 2013, Steve Burton and John Martin talked about how Edmunds.com build devops with beer and whiteboards. Check out the video below to find out how Edmunds.com learned from failure, began opening communications between silos, and built a DevOps culture over beer and whiteboar...
I love it when my favorite applications release new features. AppDynamics has shifted to a new release model which enables us to release more features faster while maintaining high quality code. The end result is that you, the users, get the cool features you need without having to wai...
Huge congratulations to Overstock.com for ranking number 1 in Compuware’s US Retail website performance index. At AppDynamics we couldn’t be happier to see one of our production customers achieving such high accolades from Compuware. Watch Neil Hartner, Senior Architect at ...
Ten years ago, the standard way to troubleshoot an application issue was to look at the logs. Users would complain about a problem, you’d go to operations and ask for a thread dump, and then you’d spend some time poring over log files looking for errors, exceptions, or anything that mi...
There was a time when I thought more was better. More french fries are better; more ice cream is better; more of everything is always better. I followed this principle as a way of life for many years until one day I woke up and realized that I was obese and slow. I realized that [...]T...
Often times big enterprises have difficulty keeping pace with changes in technology. This means more often than not operations teams are responsible for legacy systems and are constrained by the monitoring tools that were built to support those legacy systems. Just because your technol...
Today we are blogging something a little different than our normal. I’m Jim Hirschauer the Operations Guy, and this is my esteemed colleague Dustin Whittle the Developer. In this blog post we’re going to discuss how we would take an application from inception through develo...
Why End User Monitoring? In a previous post, my colleague Tom Levey explained the value of Monitoring the Real End User Experience. In this post, we will dive into how we built a service to scale to billions of users. The “new normal” for enterprise web applications include...
Managed Service Providers have a big task these days. A few years ago applications were much less complex and understanding those application architectures and dependencies before on-boarding was much more simple. These days we have applications that combine classic architecture, servi...
App Man previously covered how to go mobile with the AppDynamics REST API and Dojo highlighting the AppDynamics Gauges project. In this post, we will cover how to get the most out of AppDynamics by leveraging the REST API. Custom Dashboards AppDynamics comes with very powerful and sexy...
This week I went to Portland, Oregon for the O’Reilly Open Source Convention. OSCON is one of my favorite conferences because of the quality and diversity of the talks. Usually when I go to an event I am too busy presenting, working our booth, or meeting with customers and partne...
Automation sets apart organizations at the top of their game from the rest of the pack. The limiting factor in most organizations is that they are usually too busy putting out fires and keeping up with all of their other obligations to expend the effort required to envision and build o...
Web application performance is fundamentally associated in the mind of the end user; with a brands reliability, stability, and credibility. Slow or unstable performance is simply not an option when your users are only a click away from taking their business elsewhere. Understanding you...
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The AppDynamics team is in Portland, Oregon this week to showcase AppDynamics at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention. This event is a great opportunity to meet with the community and connect with thought leaders in the open source world. Stop by our booth for office hours if you&...
I’m an operations guy. I’ve been one for over 15 years. From the time when I was a Systems Administrator I was always intrigued by application performance and jumped at every opportunity to try and figure out a performance problem. All of that experience has taught me that ...
The AppDynamics team is excited to announce the official launch of AppDynamics X, a new exchange for plugins, integrations and extensions for AppDynamics Pro, and AppSphere, an AppDynamics community portal for application management professionals to maximize their deployment of AppDyna...
Today we announced a great milestone at AppDynamics: We have selected an application performance management (APM) solution to monitor our Drupal/WordPress website, and we decided to go with AppDynamics. In order to get a pretty sweet discount on the product we agreed to sell our souls ...