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DevOps is scary stuff for us pure Ops folks that thought they left coding behind a long, long time ago. Most of us Ops people can hack out some basic (or maybe even advanced) shell scripts in Perl, ksh, bash, csh, etc… But the term DevOps alone makes me cringe and think I might really ...
We all know performance is important, but performance tuning is too often an afterthought. As a result, taking on a performance tuning project for a slow application can be pretty intimidating – where do you even begin? In this series I’ll tell you about the strategies and technologies...
It’s not an exciting or glamorous subject but it’s an absolutely critical concept for properly managing your applications and infrastructure. CMDB, CMS, SIS, EIEIO (joking) or anything else you want to call it these days is a concept that has been poorly implemented from the very begin...
Speaker: Brian Rodecap, Director of Architecture at Fidelity Investments At AppDynamics we pride ourselves on having the best APM solution in the market. Last week Brian Rodecap, Director of Architecture at Fidelity Investments, gave a talk highlighting how AppDynamics helps Fidelity m...
Unicorns, those magical mythical creatures that many have searched for but never actually found. One of our customers recommended AppDynamics to their associates and compared us to “Unicorns … only real.” This analogy is really great since Enterprises have been search...
Welcome back to my series on migration to the cloud. In my last post we discussed all of the effort you need to put into the planning phase of your migration. In this post we are going to focus on what should happen directly after the migration has been completed. Regardless of how wel...
Welcome, let’s start with a quick introduction of who you are and what your role is at PagerDuty. My name is Alex, I’m PagerDuty’s CEO and co-founder. And what beer will you be drinking tonight? Guinness! It’s the office favorite. What problems does your solution or s...
Today AppDynamics announced integration with PagerDuty, a SaaS-based provider of IT alerting and incident management software that is changing the way IT teams are notified, and how they manage incidents in their mission-critical applications.  By combining AppDynamics’ granular visibi...
The other day I had the opportunity to speak with a good friend of mine who also happens to be a DBA at a global Financial Services company. We were discussing database performance and I was surprised when he told me that the most common cause of database performance issues (from his e...
At AppDynamics we’re laser focused on Application Performance Management. Our growth over the past three years has been fuelled by customers worldwide who selected AppDynamics as their preferred APM solution over legacy vendors like BMC Software and Compuware. This is one of the ...
Relational databases are still an important application component even in today’s modern application architectures. There is usually at least one relational database lurking somewhere within the overall application flow and understanding the behavior of these databases is major f...
Planning to deploy or migrate an application to a cloud environment is a big deal. In my last post we discussed the value of using real business and IT requirements to drive the justification of using a cloud architecture. We also explored the importance of using monitoring information...
I get so many questions about cloud computing from friends, acquaintances and IT professionals alike. The non-technical folks usually have heard of “the cloud” but have absolutely no idea what it is or even realize how much they interact with it on a daily basis. They don’t realize tha...
Welcome back to my blog series on deploying applications to the cloud. What’s the point of deploying an application to the cloud versus just hosting it in your own data center? Is it really a good idea? Will it save you money? Will it work better? Will it cause new deployment and manag...
The most common cause of application slowdowns today is slow SQL or stored procedures in the database. The reason? Databases store large amounts of data on disk, and disk is super slow relative to data in memory (unless its SSD). As data volumes grow, the need to configure, maintain an...
It’s been about 12 years since I last scripted in PHP. I pretty much paid my way through college building PHP websites for small companies that wanted a web presence. Back then PHP was the perfect choice, because nearly all the internet service providers had PHP support for free if you...
On Monday AppDynamics announced a new feature called Application Runbook Automation (RBA). The response to this announcement has been great and many people want to see the details on how we implement RBA within AppDynamics. If you attended one of our customer webinars for AppDynamics 3...
Your applications are the lifeblood of your business–the culmination of countless hours of development, testing, bug fixes, more testing, and finally deployment to production. No matter how good your coding and testing practices are, though, eventually your applications will slow...
Up until 6 months ago, I owned a Droid X cell phone. It was one of the worst decisions I’ve ever made in my life–18 months of my life controlled by a cell phone operating system that crashed more times than Windows 95, and that’s an impressive statistic. So when I fin...
It seems like every article, tweet, blog post I read someone has a different definition of the same buzzwords – especially in technology.  Mentioning cloud or big data on a tech blog is like bringing sand to the beach. That’s one of the reasons why we made The Real DevOps of Sili...
On the day that AppDynamics announced their APMaaS (yep, APM as a Service) offering for MSP’s (Managed Service Providers) the Compuware marketing team took to the twitterverse to let the world know how ridiculous it is to describe your offering in such plain terms. Here are a few of th...
Since we launched our Managed Service Provider program late last year, we’ve signed up many MSPs that were interested in adding Application Performance Management-as-a-Service (APMaaS) to their service catalogs.  Wouldn’t you be excited to add a service that’s easy to manage but more i...
It’s been a while since I last blogged, almost entirely because AppDynamics is growing faster than I ever expected. For example, last week we had our sales kickoff for 2013 and we literally filled the Clift hotel in San Francisco. To say the least, that’s a very different e...
Public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, cloud bursting, cloud storming, elastic compute, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, the list of terms goes on and on ad-nauseam. Like it or not, cloud computing has taken hold as an important design consideration in companies ranging from small startups to lar...
Everyone and their mother is talking about big data these days – how to manage it, how to analyze it, how to gain insight from it – but very few organizations actually have big data that they have to worry about managing or analyzing. That’s not the case for FamilySearch, the wor...
The Real DevOps of Silicon Valley is a reality television series, following the lives of affluent, bourgeois DevOps and professional propeller-heads in the offices of Silicon Valley. Warning: No DevOps were harmed during the filming of this production.The post The Real DevOps of Silico...
Some companies talk about monitoring their end user experience and other companies take the bull by the horns and get it done. For those who have successfully implemented EUM (RUM, EUEM, or whatever your favorite acronym is) the technology is rewarding for both the company and the end ...
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Internally at AppDynamics we take customer satisfaction very seriously. Every day we strive to ensure that our customers are deriving as much value as they can from our solutions. It’s really amazing to witness the lengths every team (sales, marketing, engineer, support, etc…) will go ...
Today AppDynamics announced that we’ve secured a $50 million Series D funding led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP). It is a milestone event for our company and I thought I’d take a moment to answer two key questions: Why another funding round, and why right now? The first ans...
Over the years working in the field of IT I’ve seen many products come and go. Some weren’t all that good in the first place, while others were very promising but ultimately failed to deliver on expectations. When I was working in the large enterprise world, we (those of us who cared) ...
The reason for this blog is purely down to a real-life incident which one of our e-commerce customers shared with us this week. It’s based around a use case that pretty much anyone can relate to – the moment your checkout transaction spectacularly fails. You sit there, look...
This week we received some exciting news that AppDynamics is nominated for IT Optimisation Product of the Year!  The Network Computing Awards annually recognizes the solutions and companies that are “most impressive in helping organisations function better through getting the mos...
It’s been almost two years since I joined AppDynamics and it’s been one of the best career moves I’ve ever made. I used to work at a competitor, and quickly realized I was working for the wrong company. Sometimes you just have to trust your gut feeling when it comes t...
This week Target announced that they will now be price matching BestBuy.com, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and ToysRUs.com’s prices all year-long – not just during the holiday season.  Talk about competitive edge.  ”Showrooming” is just one of the latest ways for ret...
I’ve got many years of performance geekery under my belt and I’ve learned many lessons during that time. One of the most important lessons is paying close attention to the distinction between data and information. Let’s take a look at how the dictionary defines each term: Data – ...
1. Monolithic will become the new Distributed–multi- tier apps are way too hard to maintain. 2. DevOps, which is too difficult of a concept for people to grasp, will split into two new factions called “Dev” and “Ops.” Hilarity ensues. 3. Development will r...
Welcome back to my series on Deploying APM in the Enterprise. In Part 7: Dashboards and Reports – Get the Business on Your Side we discussed ways of using data collected by your monitoring tools to benefit the business and provide a holistic view to the people who need it. When i...
Welcome back to my series on Deploying APM in the Enterprise. In Part 6: Spread the APM Love we talked about ways to increase user adoption of your APM tool and thereby make your organization more successful. This week we focus on Dashboards and Reports. I’m a huge believer in unlockin...
Recently Jonah Kowall of Gartner released a research note titled “Use Synthetic Monitoring to Measure Availability and Real-User Monitoring for Performance”. After reading this paper I had some thoughts that I wanted to share based upon my experience as a Monitoring Architect (and cert...