Engineering

Database Monitoring for MariaDB and Percona Server

Both MariaDB and Percona Server are forks of MySQL and strive to be drop in replacements for MySQL from a binary, api compatibility, and command line perspective. It’s great to have an alternative to MySQL since you never know what might happen to it given that Oracle bought it for 1 billion dollars. In this blog […]

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AppDynamics goes to LonestarPHP

The AppDynamics team is in Addison, Texas this week to showcase AppDynamics for PHP at the LonestarPHP Conference. This event is a great opportunity to meet with the community and connect with thought leaders in the PHP world. Stop by our booth if you’re in the area! Check out the slides from my talk, “Scaling […]

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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 much as possible […]

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AppDynamics goes to Velocity

The AppDynamics team went to Santa Clara, California this week for O’Reilly’s Velocity conference. If you aren’t familiar with the Velocity conference, it is the premier web performance conference. The event was packed with great sessions from the world’s foremost experts on web performance. The AppDynamics team was in full force presenting, exhibiting, and hosting […]

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AppDynamics goes to Dallas for AppJam

The AppDynamics team headed to Dallas this week to host another AppJam at the historic Arlington Hall. The AppJam exceeded expectations with an audience 150% larger than anticipated and featured great talks from FamilySearch, Orbitz, and AppDynamics. If you weren’t able to make it to the event and see everyone live, don’t worry! We’ve published […]

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AppDynamics goes to Berlin for the International PHP Conference

The AppDynamics team headed to Berlin this week to showcase AppDynamics for PHP at the International PHP Conference. We’ve previously written about the “Why” behind the recent announcement of AppDynamics for PHP, but the proof was in the pudding when the room at IPC Spring had to be moved last minute to accommodate an audience […]

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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 I might really […]

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PHP Performance Crash Course, Part 1: The Basics

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 that (in my experience) have been the […]

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Storage is Killing Your Database Performance

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 experience) was a […]

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How To Set Up and Monitor Amazon RDS Databases

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 factor in rapidly troubleshooting application problems. In 2009, Amazon launched their RDS service which basically allows anyone to spin […]