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DevOps Scares Me – Part 2

What is DevOps? In the first post of this series, my colleague Jim Hirschauer defined what DevOps means and how it impacts organizations. He concluded DevOps is defined as “A software development method that stresses communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and information technology professionals with the goal of automating as ...Read More

DevOps Scares Me – Part 1

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 ...Read More

AppDynamics & Splunk – Better Together

A few months ago I saw an interesting partnership announcement from Foursquare and OpenTable.  Users can now make OpenTable reservations at participating restaurants from directly within the Foursquare mobile app.  My first thought was, “What the hell took you guys so long?” That integration makes sense on so many levels, I’m surprised ...Read More

APM for the Non-Java Guru: What leak?

Memory, Memory, Memory…   Memory is a critical part of Java, in particular, the management of memory. As a developer, memory management is not something you want to be doing on a regular basis, nor is it something you want to do manually. One of the great benefits of Java is its ...Read More

What’s Under Your Hood? APM for the Non Java Guru: ORMs & Slow SQL

It’s time for another update to our series on Top Application Performance Challenges. Last time I looked at Java’s synchronization mechanism as a source for performance problems. This time around I take on what is likely the Performance Engineer’s bread and butter … slow database access! Behind this small statement lies a ...Read More

DevOps Days – Visibility & Aligning Goals

This summer, I had a chance to sit on a panel at DevOps Days with a few industry colleagues to discuss the role of monitoring, testing, and performance in solving DevOps issues. It was a lively discussion on the teams, tools, and techniques that play a role in managing application and network ...Read More

Application Virtualization & A Free iPad!

Interested in winning an iPad? Take our Application Virtualization survey, and we’ll give you a more-than-decent shot at winning your very own! In talking to our customers, AppDynamics recognizes that virtualizing mission-critical applications is at the top of everyone’s mind, even though some companies are at different stages of the process than ...Read More

APM for the Non Java Guru – Threading & Synchronization Issues

This is the first post in a series on the Top Application Performance Challenges. Of the many issues affecting the performance of Java/.NET applications, synchronization ranks near the top.  Issues arising from synchronization are often hard to recognize and their impact on performance can be become significant. What’s more, they are often, ...Read More

Application Performance Issues? You’re Not Alone…

Last week we hosted a presentation by AppDynamics customer, Priceline, along with an informative customer roundtable on application performance. During our roundtable, we polled the audience on their challenges with application performance – we asked questions about their architectures, development philosophies, common performance problems, downtime and visibility. Roughly 100 attendees from companies ...Read More

“This Week in Cloud Computing” – Agility & the Cloud

I recently had a chance to visit the webcast “This Week in Cloud Computing” and share some of my thoughts about cloud trends and application performance management. One thread of the conversation that I found particularly interesting was the discussion of agility in cloud computing. Although this theme comes up from time ...Read More
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