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Software that “Just Works”

This is my first blog.  I’ve been a sales engineer for three application performance management (APM) products over the last 7 years (CA Wily Introscope, SpringSource/Hyperic, and now AppDynamics). I hadn’t really considered myself much of a “blogger” because I have alway thought that actions speak louder than words.  So I guess you are wondering […]

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Not Everyone is an Application Expert

The majority of us in IT are specialists, with the exception of a few VPs of engineering who are “special” in their own “special” world of being “special.” What I mean by this is that no single person has the skills or experience to do everything well in IT. IT is too big for me […]

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Agent Intelligence

How intelligent is your monitoring agent? The agent should not do too much processing locally to ensure minimal impact to application performance by utilizing the smallest CPU and memory footprint possible. On the other hand, offloading some processing to the agent results in less network traffic and more scalability from the monitoring Mgmt Server.

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Application Performance Management On-Demand

I thought it would be good to start blogging about my experiences with customers just so you get an idea of how important Application Performance Management (APM) has become. A few weeks back I met with a customer who had issues, the expression on their face said it all. It started with an apology that […]

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Gartner’s APM Magic Quadrant: Application Mapping and Transaction Profiling Explained

Gartner recently released their latest magic quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and in this report mentioned five key dimensions, two of which were Application Mapping and Transaction Profiling. These two dimensions are critical for users to identify performance bottlenecks in distributed applications, whose architecture design is typically based around SOA or Cloud concepts. The […]

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Gartner publishes 2011 Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring

On Tuesday, Gartner announced this year’s Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring (APM).   I’ll make a few observations from reading the MQ and then suggest 3 additional criteria that APM buyers should consider to make informed buying decisions. The research report started with an analysis of the APM market growth at 15% year-over-year and $2 […]

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Cloud Migration won’t happen overnight

There is a massive difference between migrating some code to the cloud and migrating an entire application to the cloud. Yes, the heart of any application is indeed its codebase, but code can’t execute without data and there lies the biggest challenge of any cloud migration. “No problem,” you say. “We can just move our […]

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Applications were failing long before Cloud came along

I’m fed up of reading about Cloud outages, largely because all applications are created and managed by the most dangerous species on the planet – the human being. Failure is inevitable in regards to everything the human being creates or touches, and for this reason alone I see no news in seeing the word “outage” […]

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AppDynamics takes Cassandra out for Beer and Big Data

Welcome Cassandra, let’s start with a quick introduction of who you are and what you can do. I am a high-performance distributed scalable database.  I am really good at doing lots of operations and growing as your data needs increase, and to top that all off I run on commodity hardware which means I’m really […]

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What does APM and Tiger Woods have in common?

At the USA PGA golf tourney last week, Tiger Woods missed the cut for only the 3rd time in his career. Whilst “Go Tiger” has indeed taken on a completely new meaning over the past few years, he is still the worlds #1 sports earner. CNN recently published the 50 highest-earning American athletes in which […]