February 9, 2017

RDBMS vs NoSQL

Written by Darren

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NoSQL has built a reputation for speed, flexibility, scalability, fault tolerance, and optimization for use with unstructured data. Couple that with the fact that, according to this May 2016 IBM post, an estimated 80% of the...

January 25, 2017

How to Manage False Positives Without Losing Your Mind

Written by John

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One thing no manager or IT technician wants is a wake-up call at 3:00 a.m. only to find that after some investigation, there is no actual problem to be fixed. Instead, an alert was generated that was a “false positive”, and such an...

January 12, 2017

3 Questions for Evaluating Fault Tolerance

Written by Guest

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The total average cost per year of unplanned application downtime for Fortune 1000 businesses is between $1.25 to $2.5 billion according to a recent DevOps.com article. It's no wonder fault tolerance, disaster recovery, and redundancy...

January 5, 2017

5 Key Website Metrics You Should Be Tracking

Written by John

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When deciding what type of website metrics are important to get a good overview of how well your site is functioning, there are some things to consider. Typical metrics provided by most analytics solutions include information such as the number of...

December 14, 2016

Why Cloud-Service Uptime Monitoring Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story

Written by Dennis

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You have to take those magical, mythical uptime claims of major cloud providers with a grain of salt. Sure, customers love promises of “99.95” network availability, but network outages come in many forms not included in the...

November 30, 2016

User Experience: The Key to Peak Cloud-App Performance

Written by Bertram

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If you base your application-optimization efforts on some combination of canned benchmarks, you’re missing the boat. The best – some would say only – measure of how well your company’s apps run is how well they...

November 9, 2016

The Reimagining of Enterprise Software in the Cloud Era

Written by Bertram

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Imagine a modern, IT version of Rip Van Winkle waking up in today’s data center after a 20-year nap. The first thing he might say is, “This place sure got smaller.” For the companies that have long dominated the...

October 27, 2016

Containers as a Service: Getting Closer to Enterprise-Ready

Written by Dennis

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Just when you thought all the “as a service”s were sussed out, along comes containers as a service, the ultimate mashup of cloud fundamentals. Depending on who you ask, CaaS is an extension of infrastructure as a service, a complement...

October 12, 2016

App Monitoring: How to Use Macro and Micro Views to Your Advantage

Written by John

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When you analyze your website performance, you have the option to look at information from a macro view or from any number of micro views. What you want to view will very much depend on your analysis goals and your role. For example, a...

September 21, 2016

Node.js: Important Tips for Production Apps

Written by Bertram

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A production environment is one in which the end user(s) finally make use of an application. This environment is often very different to the one in which an app is developed.

For example, a development environment may allow for very verbose errors...

September 14, 2016

Cloud Analytics: Putting Business-Intelligence Power in Managers’ Hands

Written by Bertram

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The problem: After decades of steady increases, worker productivity is declining. As Ben Leubsdorf reports in a September 1, 2016, article in the Wall Street Journal, non-farm business productivity dropped 0.6 percent in the second...

August 31, 2016

Cloud Migration Strategies for the Long Run

Written by Bertram

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The movement of apps and data from in-house to the cloud is well underway – often with little or no involvement from IT. If you’re charged with managing the cloud transition in your organization, calling it a “migration...

August 3, 2016

How devRant Turned Thousands of Angry Developers into a Successful Smartphone App.

Written by Jared

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In March 2016, my friend and I founded devRant - a fun community for devs to vent, share, and bond over how they really feel about code, tech, and life as a programmer.

July 27, 2016

Three Important Reasons To Monitor Your Website Now

Written by John

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When deciding whether or not you need to monitor your web site, you need to consider various things such as whether or not the site is personal or for business. For a personal site, it isn't likely to be a necessity, but can be a nice feature if...

July 20, 2016

21 Awesome Websites that Teach You to Code for Free

Written by Jared

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You no longer need an expensive bootcamp or a four year degree to learn to code. Check out these 21 free resources for learning to code.

July 6, 2016

Implementing HTTP2

Written by John

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If you are looking forward to implementing the new HTTP2 protocol when you are able to, then you will need to consider a few things that will differ from any optimizations you are making to your web sites for the HTTP1.1 protocol. With HTTP2 in...

June 28, 2016

Cloud Application Security Tips - What Changes Are in Store?

Written by Dennis

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You know the old saying that goes, “the more things change, the more they stay the same” is more than an adage to veteran IT security pros – it’s a lifestyle. Imagine working in a field where each day brings new,...

June 15, 2016

The Rosy Forecast for Postgres and Open-Source DBMS

Written by Dennis

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Proprietary RDBMSs from Oracle and Microsoft continue to top the rankings, but open-source alternatives – NoSQL and SQL alike – are gaining in popularity.

May 19, 2016

How to Capitalize on the Coming Cloud Wars

Written by John

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Whether You're in Managed Cloud Services or Managed Private Cloud, Cloud Wars Are Coming. Are You Prepared?

April 28, 2016

When Does Redis Outperform MongoDB?

Written by John

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In certain situations, Redis can outperform MongoDB. Find out when and how Redis performs faster!

April 14, 2016

How to Decode a Cryptic Server Error Message

Written by John

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The first step in troubleshooting an HTTP server error is the 5xx Server Error message the failure generated. For many of the most-common server errors, the code doesn't help much in hunting down the source of the problem. Fortunately, a handful...

March 30, 2016

Getting Rid of Zombies — The Real Way to Save Money and Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Servers

Written by John

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Old system utilities and new server-monitoring services team up to identify the sources of wasted energy in your IT operation.

Imagine a server, powered up, online, but unused for six months or longer. Now imagine millions of such servers in data...

March 16, 2016

Keep it Simple: Minimize False Alarms

Written by Darren

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One of the biggest drawbacks to having a monitoring system in place for your web sites, databases, or applications is that you can receive numerous false alarms. This can cause a number of problems, since it can become difficult to distinguish...

March 2, 2016

Quickly Find the Facts You Need About Your Linux Servers

Written by Darren

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When you need to know your Linux server's BIOS version, serial number, or simply the date and time of the last system reboot, there's a command for that. In fact, there are probably several ways to display the particular bit of system information...

February 17, 2016

Testing Your App's Mobile Performance

Written by Darren

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As of April 21, 2015, Google indicates the sites it deems "Mobile-friendly" in the service's mobile search results.

 

As Sitepoint's John Tabita writes in a March 24, 2015, post, Google is testing a red "Slow" indicator for the sites it...