January 2021


Using AWS Athena with Coralogix S3 Archive

Coralogix can be configured to automatically and dynamically archive logs to an S3 bucket. This saves Coralogix customers money, but of course there are times when the data needs to be reindexed. This operation counts the reindexed logs against the daily quota. Many times customers would like to search and focus on the exact logs to be reindexed or even query the logs outside of Coralogix all together.


Intro to Elasticsearch: From Deployment to Basic Usage

Elastic is “an index”, “a search engine”, “a big data solution”, an analytics platform with advanced data visualizations and incredibly fast search capabilities. In short, it’s a solution for many problems. The Elasticsearch platform provides a distributed search cluster that enables large amounts of data to be indexed and searched at scale.


Developer Tooling for Kubernetes in 2021 - Skaffold, Tilt, and Garden (Part 2)

If you have been keeping track, I recently started a series of blog posts about the state of developer tooling in the Kubernetes ecosystem in 2021. The first blog post covered the topic of defining Kubernetes applications, i.e., how you go about declaring, packaging, customizing, and deploying them. You can check out that up to date comparison between category leaders Helm and Kustomize right here.


Mobile browser testing - what is it and when is it done?

About two decades ago, testing was only limited to the desktop. With the rapidly increasing use of smartphones and ease of access to the internet across the globe, testing has spread across vast platforms. The native and mobile web browser testing is being performed more and more compared to desktop testing.

Calico Enterprise Multi Cluster Management - Federated Identity and Services

Managing multiple Kubernetes clusters can become time consuming and complex. Calico Enterprise can help with built in multi-cluster management capabilities to simplify deployment and ongoing operations, including securing interactions between the clusters, and providing cross-cluster service discovery.

Connect S.P.A. ups its network performance management game with OpManager!

Connect S.P.A. is a European IT company offering services in networking, wireless, security, monitoring, data center, and servers. It has two data centers and nine servers. Before finding OpManager, the IT company was using a network monitoring tool, but it did not offer enough visibility into its network, which made it difficult to troubleshoot and fix recurrent network issues. This led to unpleasant network downtime experiences, especially since the tool Connect S.P.A.


APM Insight and Real User Monitoring: Year in review

2020 was a whirlwind of a year that took all of us by surprise. As we transitioned to working from home and virtual meetings, we reorganized our priorities, listened to your feedback and requirements, and worked around the clock to deliver a hassle-free monitoring experience. Here's a quick recap of the features we rolled out last year, and a brief note on our plans for 2021.


Your embedded analytics questions, answered

It’s natural to have a lot of questions when you’re evaluating embedded analytics solutions. In my years working with companies that embed analytics with Looker, I’ve noticed the same questions come up time and time again — and today I want to share the answers (and related resources), organized by theme. Think of this as a reference guide you can come back to in your research.


Protect Servers with HAProxy Connection Limits and Queues

HAProxy connection limits and queues can help protect your servers and boost throughput when load balancing heavy amounts of traffic. When you use HAProxy as an API gateway in front of your services, it has the ability to protect those servers from traffic spikes. By utilizing connection limits and queues, you can ensure traffic flows through your network at an even pace.


Worried about the future of Elasticsearch?

Elastic has been a go-to open source log management solution for the last five years. But the company’s announcement earlier this month — that it’s moving Elasticsearch and Kibana to the Server Side Public License (SSPL) — has rattled users, for good reason. How will SSPL treat your intellectual property? What are the limits of the license? Will your sensitive data be protected, in every instance?


How do you decide your approach for mobile website testing?

The meteoric emergence of smartphones is nothing short of phenomenal, as a growing number of consumers are leveraging the potential offered by the smartphone ecosystem. As per April 2019 data of Statistica[1], the global mobile population accounted for 4 billion unique users. That’s not all, the global mobile traffic is expected to increase sevenfold between 2017 and 2022. The daily media consumption on mobile devices has grown by 504 percent since 2011[2].


How We Use InfluxDB for Security Monitoring

At InfluxData, we believe it makes sense to use a time series database for security monitoring. In summary, it’s because security investigations are inevitably time-oriented — you want to monitor and alert on who accessed what, from where, at which time — and time series databases like InfluxDB are very efficient at querying the data necessary to do this.


10 Best Network Monitoring Tools for 2021

There are plenty of options for network monitoring tools today, and that can make it hard to pick the right one for you. Here, we’ll help you sort through your options by taking a look at the 10 best network monitoring tools available today, provide a crash course on network monitoring, and explain what you should look for in a network monitoring tool.


Why do you need to monitor VPNs?

A VPN connection comes in handy to establish a link between private servers and remote users. As a protected data path, the presence of the VPN tunnel paves the way for improved data security. Therefore, data transmissions between the network and device have the additional security of data encryption. But at the same time many inappropriate IPs can access your VPN, putting data security at stake. So, how do you deal with such situations? You definitely can’t stop using VPNs right.


Industry X.0 - Made Real, Practical Insights Today enabling Profits Tomorrow

Manufacturing’s digital transformation growth is truly impressive considering it’s delivering value with explosive growth rates. Consider that Manufacturing’s Industry Internet of Things (IIOT) was valued at $161b with an impressive 25% growth rate, or that the Connected Car market will be valued at $225b by 2027 with a 17% growth rate. But then conflicting information arrives as VentureBeat reports that around 90 percent of machine learning models never make it into production?


A New Fast Lane to Value: Introducing Splunk's IT Essentials Learn and Work Apps

We often hear that our customers love using Splunk, know the power behind our platform and want to expand usage to IT. But they aren’t sure what steps to take first. We want our customers to maximize their Splunk investment and get them jump-started with Splunk for IT use cases by providing the guidance and best practices they seek.

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Best Practices for Kubernetes Monitoring

Kubernetes, also known as K8s, is a container-orchestration platform for automating deployment, scaling, and operations of applications running inside the containers across clusters of hosts. Google open-sourced the Kubernetes project in 2014. According to a recent CNCF survey, Kubernetes is the most popular container management tool among large enterprises, used by 83% of respondents. Containers are a good way to bundle and run applications.

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Refactor or lift-and-shift: How to prioritize modernization efforts

The hard part about application modernization isn’t determining whether or not it’s a good idea. It almost certainly is. Rather, the hard part is figuring out how to get started: Which applications you should focus on first, and what’s the best approach to modernizing them. Fully refactoring 1,000 applications from monolith into microservices, for example, might seem like the right goal, but it might also take the rest of this century.

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Building powerful tailored SCOM dashboards with Enterprise Applications (Part 2)

In my last blog post, we focused on creating 29 Enterprise Applications (EA). We also spent some time talking about our Critical Service Offerings (CSO) and Supporting Service Offerings (SSO). And finally, we looked at three out-of-box dashboards. If all you needed was to create a dashboard to control the boxes’ color quickly, you already have what you need.


Multi-Cloud Strategy vs. Multi-Service: A Smarter Cloud Approach

Multi-cloud has become a hot-button topic these days, with a lot of cloud experts taking a strong stance against the practice. There are exceptions and legitimate reasons why you might choose a multi-cloud strategy (e.g., you sell to customers who restrict you from hosting their data in AWS). Extenuating circumstances aside, there are far more reasons why multi-cloud isn’t a good idea.


Applying Strong Cyber Hygiene Security to IoT Endpoints

The Internet of Things, better known as IoT. You’ve heard of it, right? But do you know what it is? Simply, it is the interconnection of things (or endpoints) on the Internet to send and receive data. Today, experts calculate that there are 31 billion things connected to the insecure Internet, and growing exponentially. Did you know there are different types of IoT applications?

[Webinar] - JFrog & AWS - Edge & Hybrid Software Distribution

Are you looking to migrate and modernize your infrastructure with AWS edge services? Do you need to distribute your software releases globally? JFrog and AWS have the answers to your hybrid infrastructure needs. JFrog will be hosting a webinar with Anuj Sharma, AWS Container Specialist Solution Architect, and Sven Ruppert, JFrog Developer Advocate.

Serverless at Scale: How to migrate a legacy system to Serverless and make it work?

Thinking about moving your business to Serverless in 2021 and really making it work for you? This webinar is for you!  In the first part of the session we’ll be covering all the important and often overlooked of steps and best practices of moving to serverless. Starting from how do you actually go about migrating a legacy system, all the way to how to empower your team through the transition and level up their skills thereafter. 

Deploy to the Huawei AppGallery with Bitrise

The first Verified Step of 2021 is already here: we are partnering up with Huawei as the first CI/CD solution to integrate with the AppGallery. Video by Fernando Prieto, Developer Advocate at Huawei. 🚀 With the Huawei Verified Step on Bitrise, you can automatically deploy your app to the AppGallery from Bitrise. You can decide whether you want to save your app as a Draft or publish it to production straight away.

Page Speed vs. SEO: Does a Slow Website Affect Rankings?

If you have a website, you should know about search engine optimization (SEO) and page speed. You may even have wondered about balancing page speed vs. SEO. From a user perspective, page speed matters to you personally because you get frustrated when you click a link and nothing appears to happen or when it takes ages before any information appears. But does it matter when it comes to SEO? Good question.


Server Performance Monitoring 101

Server performance monitoring is essential in maintaining the health, safety, and integrity of your business’s servers. For modern businesses, no matter the industry, servers play an all-important role. Whether you store records and sensitive customer data in the cloud, employ a software environment that drives all your company’s business activities, or are in an industry that relies on sensors to power real-world equipment, servers play an essential role.

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Assessing Reliability Risks on Kubernetes Clusters

Peter Grant, Kalai Wei, Gustavo Franco, Corey Innis, and Alexandra McCoy contributed to this post. The VMware Customer Reliability Engineering (CRE) team is proud to announce an open source Reliability Scanner for Kubernetes! It includes an extensible set of reliability assessments, or checks, performed against various components of a cluster, such as Pods, Namespaces, Services, etc. Operators can then configure appropriate constraints for the checks on their clusters.

Automated Remediation with Rundeck + Sensu

As operators, it’s our job to monitor infrastructure, systems and applications and only wake up humans for tasks machines can’t fix on their own. Automated remediation pairs monitoring and runbook automation, giving you a monitoring system that can trigger operational actions with runbook automation to shorten incident response times and avoid alert fatigue.

Log Management in Hosted Platforms Like DigitalOcean

With DigitalOcean Monitoring, you can collect metrics for visibility, monitor Droplet performance, and receive alerts when problems arise in your infrastructure. Many users often want to extend this infrastructure monitoring with application-level monitoring. This means debugging issues requires expertise, familiarity with your product and infrastructure, and often the involvement of many people in various fields—all to chase down a single problem.


How Liberkee Puts Dev+Ops in the Driver's Seat

A few short years ago, contactless car rentals were the realm of science fiction. If you wanted a car, you had to fill out and sign half a dozen forms and wait while an agent approved your credit card before you were handed the keys. Even if you booked a car online, you still needed to talk to a person and verify your personal information before you could get behind the wheel.


Masking Semi-Structured Data with Snowflake

Snowflake recently launched dynamic data masking, an incredibly useful feature for companies and data-centric organizations that have strict security data governance requirements. This article demonstrates how we implemented data masking at Snowflake by introducing a data masking policy on a VARIANT data type field that holds data in JSON format. We implemented the policy on top of tables and views.


Salesforce Connect: A Beginner's Guide

Salesforce Connect is an integration tool that uses and displays data in your external CRM or ERP system as if the Salesforce platform stored the data itself. (Which sounds impressive.) Salesforce says the tool provides "seamless integration of data across system boundaries." But does it live up to the hype? Or should you use a Salesforce Connect alternative? In this five-minute guide, we’ll outline the benefits of Salesforce Connect and discuss its limitations.


You should be using Hosted Graphite for Heroku Metrics

Today, Heroku is used by many developers from a wide range of small to large enterprise size companies. As you are reading this article, you yourself may also be using Heroku to build and operate apps. So, how do you monitor the apps you run on Heroku? It is seen that many people are using Heroku metrics given its standard built-in feature and it being offered for free.


Bringing Users In: How Voice of the Customer Can Change Your Product's Development

There is a scene in a certain TV show in which a middle-aged man tells a younger one that he missed picking someone up from the train station because his device did not remind him about it. The younger man points out that, since he bought a new device, he must transfer the appointments.


4 Ways to Select the Right Customer Experience Software for your Agency

Customer experience separates all. Agencies offering B2B services to a diverse clientele often have complex requirements such as multiple integrations, reporting specifications, pre-defined security measures, and more. Due to these constraints, selecting the right customer experience software becomes challenging for them. If you have been experiencing this hurdle, then you are in the right place.


Elasticsearch users with on-prem deployments will not be impacted by upcoming license changes

Earlier this month, Elastic announced that there would be upcoming changes to its open source licensing. These changes do not affect on-prem deployments of Elasticsearch. Since Mattermost Enterprise Edition uses Elasticsearch in its on-prem deployments, we felt it important to explore the reasoning behind Elastic’s decision, how the new license terms are different, and why there will be no impact on Mattermost users as a result of these changes.


Essential Guide to API Monitoring: Basics Metrics & Choosing the Best Tools

APIs have become the de-facto standard in building and running modern applications. They are an integral part of the automation workflow of any business and as more users rely on your APIs to power their applications, the need for them to be reliable is important. Any degradation in their health, availability, and performance will impact your business, so ensuring its reliability depends on proactively monitoring your APIs.


Cloud-First Strategy and Its Benefits for Business

A cloud-first strategy can feel like a big jump from traditional setups. One of the benefits of a hybrid or on-premises strategy is you feel like you’re in control. You and your team know where your critical servers live. You can touch them. Your team understands your security processes, and you can easily verify security personnel follow them. Those are all significant benefits. However, a growing number of software teams are choosing to move to cloud-first strategies.


What to bear in mind before migrating to Serverless?

Serverless has been gaining more and more traction over the last few years. The global serverless architecture market was estimated at $3.01 billion in 2017 and is expected to hit $21.99 billion by 2025. The number is reflected in the increasing amount of enterprises starting to look for ways of decoupling their current monolithic architectures and migrating their stack to serverless. Read more about the popular enterprise use cases for AWS Lambda.



WLSDM is an enterprise “WebLogic console extension” which enables monitoring for WebLogic JMX MBean metrics and all the WebLogic domain assets (Health, Servers, Applications, Data Sources, JMS… etc.). It is very easy to create alarm and notification definitions by using WLSDM metric browser. WLSDM can store any WebLogic metric value historically and also can generate graphical reports.


Web Performance Is Vital

Not a great statistic, but are bad digital experiences really that costly? A bad digital experience is when a website is slow, unreliable, and/or insecure. Is it slow to load, are there errors affecting our SEO, is a third party broken, or is payment data being stolen right from their device? These issues are all reputation damaging, more so than ever in an increasingly socially connected world.


Introducing Thundra Sidekick IntelliJ IDEA Plugin

When we first started Thundra three years ago, our intention was to help the serverless community with monitoring. Serverless had and still has its unique challenges and we enjoyed overcoming them by providing very lightweight agents that add negligible overhead to the function execution. Throughout the time we spent, we developed line-by-line time travel debugging, distributed tracing, live debugging, and more.


InfluxData secures SOC 2 Type II certification for InfluxDB Cloud

SAN FRANCISCO — January 28, 2021 — InfluxData, creator of the time series database InfluxDB, today announced it has achieved Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type II compliance for InfluxDB Cloud, the fully managed and serverless time series platform. The certification demonstrates InfluxData’s ability to implement critical security policies and prove compliance over an extended period.


InfluxData is SOC 2 Certified

At InfluxData, we focus on our customers’ productivity — time to awesome, as we call it. Usually this is about product capabilities — InfluxDB’s features, speed, scalability, etc. But for some, your project will grow in size to the point where you need to purchase InfluxDB. And in some cases, you’ll need your compliance and/or security teams to sign off on the purchase.


What the Big Brother Approach to IT Monitoring and Incident Management May Be Missing

We asked in a recent poll which popular TV show your IT team resembles the most. Big Brother came out on top, with almost 40% of respondents saying that their incident resolution process most resembled this show. Would you compare your incident management process to an episode of Big Brother? If so, it's likely that your IT environment is highly monitored, but incidents still seem to slip through the cracks.


Surviving the Disaster: How to Identify Bugs Immediately and Get Back on Track with Rookout & Codefresh

As all developers know, when building software things don’t always go as planned. In fact, most of the time they don’t. With today’s modern distributed architectures it’s more important than ever to have the proper tools in your toolbelt. This allows us to automate as much of the software delivery lifecycle as possible and then be able to immediately triage issues when they arise.


IDC MarketScape Names Ivanti/MobileIron WW Leader in UEM Software

Hey, here’s some exciting news worth sharing near and far. Ivanti/MobileIron has been named to the Leaders Category of the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide UEM Software 2021 Vendor Assessment (doc #US46957820, January 2021) report. This follows on the heels of Gartner placing Ivanti as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for IT Service Management Tools in October 2020.


How we're making date_histogram aggregations faster than ever in Elasticsearch 7.11

Elasticsearch's date_histogram aggregation is the cornerstone of Kibana's Discover. And the Logs Monitoring UI. I use it all the time to investigate trends in build failures, but when it is slow I get cranky. Four seconds to graph all of the failures of some test over the past six months! I don't have time for that! Who is going to give me my four seconds back?! So I spent the past six months speeding it up. On and off.


How we live-migrated massive Cortex clusters to blocks storage with zero impact to Grafana Cloud customers

January 20, 15:01 UTC. I was sitting in my home office, watching the screen and feeling a mix of emotion and nostalgia as a pod was getting terminated. We have thousands of pods, continuously starting and terminating, and I’m definitely not spending my days watching them, so why was this one special? The terminating ingester-0 pod was the very last Cortex ingester running on chunks storage in Grafana Labs’ infrastructure.


With M1 Mac Minis, The Future is Bright for Mobile Device Testing

WebPageTest tries to use real browsers and devices for testing whenever possible, but doing that at scale has some serious challenges, particularly when it comes to testing mobile browsers. There are a lot of different moving pieces, from the device itself to everything that needs to be in place for traffic shaping. The phones themselves pose significant reliability challenges.


Data and Customer Privacy: What Companies Need to Do

Today’s Data Privacy Day offers consumers an opportunity to learn about how companies use, collect, and share their personal information. At the same time, it gives companies a chance to focus on and highlight how they are protecting customer data. Although most businesses view data privacy practices as a way to mitigate their risk, good practices around data privacy can actually differentiate your organization from your competitors.


The Changing Face of Automation, Part 2

It’s amazing how much we can get done by automating business processes. Whether it’s augmenting human labor, reducing risks, or making customers happy, when we do automation right, we can make big things happen in any organization. Perhaps this is why: In other words, falling behind the automation curve could be lethal. Coming out on top means automating as if the future of your business depended on it.


5 Elk Stack Pros and Cons

Is your organization currently relying on an ELK cluster for log analytics in the cloud? While the ELK stack delivers on its major promises, it isn’t the only log analytics solution - and may not even be your best option. Fast-growing organizations should consider innovative alternatives offering better performance at scale, superior cost economics, reduced complexity and enhanced data access in the cloud.


Microsoft Teams End User Experience

Microsoft Teams has become the preferred collaboration platform from Microsoft since late 2019. In addition to migrating users of Skype for Business to Teams, Microsoft has also added many new features for users that have started using collaboration platforms since the COVID-19 pandemic began. This software is similar to Slack or Zoom but is tightly integrated with other Microsoft tools.


Cloudera Flow Management Continuous Delivery Architecture

Having introduced the flow delivery challenges and corresponding resolutions in the first article ‘Cloudera Flow Management Continuous Delivery while Minimizing Downtime’, we will combine all the preceding solutions into an example of flow management continuous delivery architecture. DataFlow Continuous Delivery Architecture In the whole process, we can see the following steps.


Detecting the Sudo Baron Samedit Vulnerability and Attack

On January 26th, 2021, Qualys reported that many versions of SUDO (1.8.2 to 1.8.31p2 and 1.9.0 to 1.9.5p1) are vulnerable (CVE-2021-3156) to a buffer overflow attack dubbed Baron Samedit that can result in privilege escalations. Qualys was able to use this vulnerability to gain root on at least Ubuntu 20.04 (Sudo 1.8.31), Debian 10 (Sudo 1.8.27), and Fedora 33 (Sudo 1.9.2), some of the most modern and widely used Linux operating systems.


How to detect sudo's CVE-2021-3156 using Falco

A recent privilege escalation heap overflow vulnerability (CVSS 7.8), CVE-2021-3156, has been found in sudo. sudo is a powerful utility built in almost all Unix-like based OSes. This includes Linux distributions, like Ubuntu 20 (Sudo 1.8.31), Debian 10 (Sudo 1.8.27), and Fedora 33 (Sudo 1.9.2). This popular tool allows users to run commands with other user privileges.

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How PA Server Monitor Can Monitor CPU Temperature

High CPU temperature is a common issue with laptops and desktops, and it shouldn’t be ignored. If a computer system routinely generates high temps—above 80°C is usually considered undesirable—it can begin experiencing poor system performance. Over time, heat may progressively damage CPU components in addition to causing the system to lock up or shut down.


8 Crucial Database Performance Metrics

What are the most important database performance metrics, and how do you monitor them? This is a question many IT professionals would like the answer to. We can collect and use a wide range of database metrics to analyze database and server resource consumption, not to mention overall usage. You are probably wondering why this is essential for business, so let’s explore this next.


Introducing the DreamFactory Heroku Add-on

The Heroku cloud platform has long been a popular solution for teams seeking a convenient application hosting solution. Today we’re thrilled to contribute to the Heroku ecosystem with the release of our DreamFactory Heroku Add-on. Heroku users can now launch hosted DreamFactory instances directly from the Heroku dashboard, and easily generate APIs for a wide variety of data sources, including PostgreSQL.

Thundra Sidekick IntelliJ IDEA Plugin

Thundra Sidekick removes the debugging burdens and enables developers to put tracepoints to the code which don’t break the execution but take snapshots. Then takes it to the next level by displaying the distributed trace of the modern applications. Thundra Sidekick is helpful when developers work on remote environments and debug their code while they build.

Wales Emerging Tech Fest - Aled Miles Keynote

As organizations begin planning for a post-COVID world, technology will play a critical role in rebuilding our economies. In this 2021 Emerging Tech Fest plenary address, Aled Miles, president and CEO of Sauce Labs and Welsh Government Envoy to the US, sits down with numerous industry luminaries to discuss the importance of digital confidence and how emerging technologies can help create a more prosperous future.

Introducing Cloud SQL Insights

Cloud SQL Insights helps you detect, diagnose, and prevent query performance problems for Cloud SQL databases. With Insights, you can monitor performance at an application level and trace the source of a problematic query across the application stack by model, view, controller, route, user, and host. In this video, we introduce you to Cloud SQL Insights and demo how you can use it for self-service, intuitive monitoring and troubleshooting.

So, you want to monitor your serverless applications...

If you’re already using or planning to use AWS Lambda to run code without provisioning or managing servers, you’ll want to monitor your serverless applications with the new SolarWinds® AppOptics™ Lambda forwarder and APM agents. If you’re not using AWS Lambda, here’s what you need to know—it’s an event-driven, serverless computing platform by Amazon Web Services.


End-to-End Microsoft 365 Troubleshooting with Martello - Q&A

As with any service in the cloud – particularly Microsoft 365 – it’s difficult to determine where along the path from user to Microsoft service lies the source of a service delivery problem. Without visibility into the entire spectrum of possible root causes – from endpoint to Microsoft cloud service – it’s nearly impossible to respond and potentially remediate the issue.


DreamFactory 4.4 Released

We’re pleased to announce the release of DreamFactory 4.4! Our releases tend to be thematic, and 4.4 focuses on big data. Four new connectors are now available to commercially licensed enterprise users, including: If you’d like to give any of these features a test drive, please contact our sales team at [email protected] to arrange for a free 14 day trial! If you’re an existing client please contact your account executive to make arrangements!

Webinar: Why your next serverless project should use AWS AppSync

GraphQL APIs offer a number of advantages over REST APIs, such as solving the “N+1 requests” problem. And AppSync makes building scalable and performant GraphQL APIs much easier because it takes care of all the infrastructure concerns for you. In this webinar, AWS Serverless Hero Yan Cui and Lumigo Software Engineer Guy Moses discuss some of the power of GraphQL and AppSync and why AppSync + Lambda + DynamoDB should be your stack of choice.

Our 5 Key Takeaways from Forrester's TEI Study of AIOps from Broadcom

In today’s digital-first environment, the applications and services that IT organizations support are critical to business viability and success. Many organizations are adopting modern infrastructure to better serve their customers and employees. Yet, legacy environments are still an integral and steadfast part of most mature IT landscapes. Add to that software-defined everything and it can be quite difficult and complex to manage these disparate environments and their myriad tools.


Why Recommendation Engines Aren't Optimizing Your Application

We hate to break it to you, but recommendation engines aren’t optimizing your application. Let’s break down the difference between a recommendation engine and an autonomous engine. A recommendation engine is simply a reporting mechanism that tells you that there is something wrong. Let’s say you’re spending too much money on a particular application or service in your cloud; a recommendation engine will notify you of this. Autonomous optimization is the next generation.


Surviving the Disaster: How to Identify Bugs Immediately and Get Back on Track

As all developers know, when building software things don’t always go as planned. In fact, most of the time they don’t. With today’s modern distributed architectures it’s more important than ever to have the proper tools in your toolbelt. This allows us to automate as much of the software delivery lifecycle as possible and then be able to immediately triage issues when they arise.


How leading enterprises use API analytics to make effective decisions

Our “State of the API Economy 2021” report indicates that despite the many financial pressures and disruptions wrought by COVID-19, 75% of companies continued focusing on their digital transformation initiatives, and almost two-thirds of those companies actually increased their investments and efforts. Because APIs are how software talks to software and how developers leverage data and functionality in different systems, they are at the center of these digital transformation initiatives.


A Two-Way Jira Speedway, the JFrog Artifactory App

The path between two clouds ought to be a speedy two-way street. That’s the DevOps pipeline principle behind the JFrog Artifactory App for Jira, which forges a traceable link between your issues in Jira Cloud and your builds in Artifactory on the JFrog DevOps Platform for cloud. Once the app for Jira has been installed you can: The JFrog Artifactory app, now available in Atlassian Marketplace, currently works with JFrog Platform cloud accounts and Atlassian cloud accounts.


Comparing k6 and JMeter for load testing

When I joined the k6 team in late November, the foremost question on my mind was "How does this compare to JMeter?" You see, I come from a performance testing consulting background, and in the last few years, JMeter has been far and away my tool of choice. So what am I doing on the k6 site, talking about how much I love JMeter? Well, firstly, it turns out that the k6 team is pretty open and transparent, especially about potential improvements in k6.


5 virtual experience trends in retail and commerce in 2021

Virtual experiences have been booming in retail and e-commerce. And it’s no wonder. VR and AR offer a ton of benefits to companies that sell products online, or use online channels to divert traffic to stores or sales professionals. These experiences can increase conversions, boost word-of-mouth traffic, and lower return rates. Want to see some examples?


Consolidate performance testing in Jira with Xray and NeoLoad

Performance testing has become increasingly distributed, as teams do more testing at each stage of the software development life cycle. While the business benefits of performance testing are undeniable, like finding defects earlier when it’s easier and less expensive to fix them — it makes managing all your tests more challenging.


SLA vs SLI vs SLO: Know the differences between them.

SLA basically means a Service Level Agreement. It’s a formal agreement between you and your customer. It basically describes the reliability of your product/service so you can have a formal agreement which basically says our product will be online 99 percent of the time annually and if we fail to achieve that objective we will give 30% of your annual license fee back. SLA’s also include penalties in the contract.

Rainforest QA Product Overview

Rainforest QA harnesses the power of test automation and human intelligence into the most flexible modern QA platform. With no code editor necessary and nothing to install, anyone can build a test. Run tests on over 40 modern desktop and mobile browsers, in parallel, to get feedback on your product quality in a matter of minutes. Reproduction videos simplify paper trails to help you pinpoint exactly how a regression occurred.

Find threats faster: log more and spend less

The digital landscape continues to grow increasingly complex. The technologies and trends enterprises embrace as they accelerate their digital transformation - remote work, cloud computing, microservices, Internet of Things - all increase the complexity of the IT environment and, in turn, increase security risk and operational costs.

How to measure and improve Node.js performance

Change is the only constant in software, and few languages change like JavaScript. One of the biggest changes we’ve seen is that JavaScript is now extremely fast. One of the fastest JavaScript engines in existence is Google’s V8, which powers both Chrome and Node.js. In simple benchmarks, well-optimized JS (JavaScript) executed by V8 often performs at 80-90% of the speed of the corresponding C++ code.

Delivering the "Interconnected Enterprise": Console Connect reveals how tech will drive business change in 2021

Console Connect & Applied Futurist study explores the enabling role of technology in creating frictionless interfaces, breaking down geographical barriers and accelerating the enterprise transition from monolith to ecosystem.

The Big Pieces: OpenTelemetry context propagation

In this blog series, The Big Pieces, we dive into the major architectural components of OpenTelemetry. During our last post, we discussed client architecture. In this second installment, we’re going to cover context propagation. Context propagation is the fundamental feature that separates distributed tracing from traditional logging and metrics. Context propagation is at the heart of what makes OpenTelemetry so useful, and it can be a little confusing to new users who have never encountered it.


Monitoring vs Observability: Can You Tell The Difference?

Monitoring vs observability – is there even a difference and is your monitoring system observable? Observability has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. Modern DevOps paradigms encourage building robust applications by incorporating automation, Infrastructure as Code, and agile development. To assess the health and “robustness” of IT systems, engineering teams typically use logs, metrics, and traces, which are used by various developer tools to facilitate observability.


10 Year Anniversary with Jelastic PaaS

January 2021 marks Jelastic’s 10-Year Anniversary. We have so much to celebrate, thanks to our strong and supportive community of technology partners and enthusiastic user base that is growing along with us all around the globe. “From the very beginning, the Jelastic team has always kept the satisfaction of customers and partners as our top priority.


Standardizing Business Metrics & Democratizing Experimentationat Intuit

CDO Battlescars is a podcast series hosted by Sandeep Uttamchandani, Unravel Data’s CDO. He talks to data leaders across data engineering, analytics, and data science about the challenges they encountered in their journey of transforming raw data into insights. The motivation of this podcast series is to give back to the data community the hard-learned lessons that Sandeep and his peer data leaders have learned over the years.


Monitoring Managed Cloud Services with Distributed Tracing

As the adoption of microservices continues to rise – Gartner research suggests 85% of enterprises will be running containerized applications, up from 35% in 2019 – the complexity of applications and their architectures rises in tandem. The era of monolithic applications is coming to a close and now, suddenly, those easy to depict architectures are evolving to become chaotic rats nests of interconnected services, databases, message queues, and external APIs.


Canonical & Kubernetes: 2020 highlights

Contact our Kubernetes team We’re now well into 2021, and as we plan ahead for our roadmap and activities around Kubernetes for the year, it helps to look back and reflect on everything that took place for Canonical in the K8s space within the year that passed. Kubernetes has always been a crucial part of Canonical’s vision and contribution to the IT world.


How has the pandemic changed CISO priorities?

The world recently passed the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even with vaccines rolling out across the world, global lockdowns and travel restrictions continue unabated. The impact continues to be felt in every kind of business and organization, as workers either continue to work from home or adhere to strict health protocols to minimize transmission of the virus in the workplace.


The Benefits of Microapps Explained

Microapps are small applications designed to perform specific tasks. Many companies have leveraged the benefits of microapps because of the poor user experiences associated with monolithic enterprise apps and their overly burdensome features. As a result, microapps offers a suite of productivity improvements to many organisations and enhance the usability of large enterprise applications.


5 Best Network Management Software and Tools

With IT technology continuing to rapidly evolve, networks are becoming increasingly complicated, sophisticated, and sizable. The accelerating growth rate of network technology is caused in part by the increased adoption of IoT, the cloud, and software-defined networking. In this environment, where technology is advancing with overwhelming speed, enterprises must adapt and be agile enough to manage network configurations for all their connected devices.


Track Session Data with Sentry for JavaScript

It’s January 2021 and you’ve probably broken five out of six New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t want to be the reason for breaking your last one, so I’ll cut right to the chase. We just released an update to our JavaScript SDK with the ability to track the health of your releases and support for Web Assembly. Still with me? Great.


Kubernetes in the Public Cloud

In a relatively short amount of time, Kubernetes has evolved from an internal container orchestration tool at Google to the most important cloud-native technology across the world. Today’s enterprises are adopting Kubernetes to speed up the development process and build and deploy modern applications at scale, and they’re doing so at an incredible pace.


Cypress vs Selenium vs Playwright vs Puppeteer speed comparison

Our recent speed comparison of major headless browser automation tools, namely Puppeteer, Playwright and WebDriverIO with DevTools and Selenium, received a very positive response. The single most common ask from our readers was that we follow up by including Cypress in our benchmark. In this article, we are doing just that - with some precautions.


Creating dashboards based on custom filters

In this blogpost, I explain how to create dashlets using custom filters. This way you can create dashlets of your own which you find is necessary. Having dashboards in fact improves monitoring. Dashlets are the different sections under the given dashboard, which are the snapshots of some monitoring views and are defined by a name. Requirements: Icinga 2 and Icinga Web 2 installed.


Building a Telegraf Assistant - UC Berkeley Codebase

This article was written by Codebase, a UC Berkeley student organization. Hello InfluxData community! We are a team from Codebase, a UC Berkeley student organization that builds software projects for high-growth tech companies. This past semester, the eight of us had the incredible opportunity to work with InfluxData to add cloud-controlled configuration management features to Telegraf.


Continuous Performance Testing in CI/CD with Jenkins Plugin

We’ve released a new version of our load testing plugin for Jenkins CI. Load Testing CI/CD Plugin helps to run load tests automatically as a Post-build action and mark the build as PASSED, UNSTABLE or FAILED based on errors received during the test run and the average response time. Use the Post build actions and define your load test limits in order to mark the build UNSTABLE or FAILED.


VirtualMetric stepped into a partnership with OCS Distribution, the leading broadline technology distributor in Russia

VirtualMetric, an all-in-one monitoring solution, announces a partnership with OCS Distribution, the leading broadline* technology distributor in Russia. This partnership will provide over 7000 resellers throughout Russia with access to the VirtualMetric monitoring suite. With over two decades of experience and 26 offices across Russia, OCS Distribution became one of the leading distributors in the Russian IT market.

Why managed open source?

Today, open source is everywhere. Across industries, more and more enterprise applications are created using open source components. The sprawling open source application estate brings its own set of challenges like dealing with multiple vendors, Day-N operations and issues around spiralling costs. But like any software, open source needs to be maintained. This video highlights why managed open source might be the solution for your team, and how Canonical and Ubuntu can help you reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) with Managed Applications.

How to get started quickly with the new synthetic monitoring feature in Grafana Cloud

We recently launched synthetic monitoring, which helps you understand your users’ experience and improve website performance by proactively monitoring your services. This feature, which surfaces the powerful capabilities of Prometheus blackbox exporter, is the next iteration of worldPing.


Navigating the accelerated shift to ecommerce in a dynamic environment: how to thrive during COVID-19 (and beyond)

As a result of the pandemic, more consumers than ever before are shopping online. At the same time, retailers and brands have been forced to rethink their business strategies as they adjust to today’s increasingly digital reality. Some retailers are moving slowly or struggling to adapt. And others are experiencing the best times ever — even outpacing Black Friday and other holiday-related shopping events.


Looker earns 22 top rankings in BARC's The BI & Analytics Survey 21

Helping customers succeed with data has been central to Looker’s mission and core values since day one. This is why we’re so honored that our customers have spoken to help us once again earn top rankings in four peer groups and a perfect customer recommendation score of 100% in The BI & Analytics Survey 21 from the Business Application Research Center (BARC).


How-To: Improving SEO with RUM

In this How-To video, we’re going to look at Real User Monitoring in the context of how you can apply it to a specific use case. Real User Monitoring, or RUM, is an event-based solution for monitoring customer experience. In other words, it measures the performance of a webpage from the perspective of the user’s machine. In our previous video on RUM, we looked at how to set up a RUM tag. Today, we’ll specifically examine RUM data in the context of improving SEO scores.


How Clearsense Built a Modern Healthcare Data Architecture with Kong Gateway and Kuma

This article was written by Charles Boicey, Chief Innovation Officer at Clearsense. If healthcare data is genuinely going to impact a person’s well-being, we have to consider all patient data. Patients don’t spend much time with clinicians allowing them to collect data. Even most hospitalized patients only stay for a week or so. That’s why healthcare companies need to pull in external data as well. The data collected directly from patients is just a small sampling.


Network Discovery Software: Pros & Cons for 2021

Our current networking environments are accelerating the pace of change. The job of the network manager has become more complicated. There are many more devices to manage. There are more users and more applications to go along with all these devices. This is where network discovery software comes in. While the Network Field Report 2021 shows the average workweek of IT professionals has decreased over the past five years, our knowledge of the network hasn’t improved.


Cloudera Completes SOC 2 Type II Certification for CDP Public Cloud

We believe security is the cornerstone of any legitimate data platform, and we’re excited to announce that Cloudera has successfully achieved SOC 2 Type II certification for Cloudera Data Platform (CDP) Public Cloud. Achieving our SOC 2 certification is the culmination of significant work across our organization and demonstrates to independent auditors that we adhere to industry-standard security controls and processes.

Introduction to Artifactory on the JFrog Platform

Everything you need to know about JFrog Artifactory: The how, the what, the where, and when to use Artifactory as part of your application delivery. At the heart of the JFrog DevOps Platform, Artifactory provides universal management for all binary artifacts, container images and Helm charts used throughout your SDLC. Learn how to use Artifactory, tips and tricks for improving your developer productivity and best practices for using Artifactory as part of your CI/CD pipelines to accelerate your releases.

7 Ways GroundWork Delivers Bulletproof Infrastructure Monitoring

Lately, security has become top of mind across infrastructure monitoring customers. This is no surprise considering the widespread reports about supply-chain vulnerabilities and embedded compromises rampant in popular network monitoring software. In light of this, we want to underscore how seriously we have always taken our security processes, and how we cultivate a culture based on a foundation of sound security protocols.


Retailers find flexible demand forecasting models in BigQuery ML

Retail businesses understand the value of demand forecasting—using their intuition, product and market experience, and seasonal patterns and cycles to plan for future demand. Beyond the need for forecasts that are as accurate as possible, modern retailers also face the challenge of being able to perform demand planning at scale.


Elastic powers Shell's flexibility to thrive in the energy sector

Shell International knows that it takes cutting-edge technology to thrive in the competitive, global energy industry. With projects around the world, in both renewable and non-renewable energy, Shell must always have insights into the future. From determining expected output to predicting equipment failures, there's no room for guessing in an industry where downtime is unacceptable.

Coralogix - Panel Discussion: Elasticsearch is Not Open Source Anymore

Does SSPL license endanger your intellectual property? As of January 2021, Elasticsearch is no longer open source. From version 7.11 and onwards, all ELK products (Elastic, Logstash, Kibana) will be registered under the new SSPL license created by Mongo and now adopted by Elastic. In this panel, our IP expert lawyer discusses the new license and helps explain whether it impacts your business or puts it at risk.

Is Alert Fatigue Hindering Your DevOps Work?

This year, you tell yourself, you are going to be prepared! You will arm yourself with a new status page, and create web monitoring for every important service in your arsenal. Like the proverbial Eye of Sauron, nothing will escape your omnipotence. But too many tools in your set can contribute to alert fatigue. Alert fatigue occurs when your team starts to feel like they are always on call. They might already secretly feel this way.

Open Source in Application Monitoring

Open source projects are a powerful way to accelerate application development. Open source as a support function to monitoring can help support standards and better Observability and Monitoring practices. Learn about the OpenTelemetry project as a tool to improve the quality and flexibility of traces, spans, logs for better monitoring and Observability practices.

5 Tips for Better Help Desk Reporting and Monitoring

Performance reporting is an essential part of everything IT does, and the help desk is no different. But help desk reporting and metrics are particular to each organization. Ticket volume and incident types often depend on the nature of the business, and IT help desk managers must select a set of reporting criteria that helps monitor the unique value that their team provides. As this post will cover, there are some universal truths in help desk reporting.


Managing IT at Scale II: Infrastructure Management Software Scalability vs. Ease of Use

Growth for an enterprise is an exciting thing, but it often presents a unique challenge for IT professionals. There are common roadblocks that are encountered when trying to upscale an IT management environment. In this second blog of our Managing IT Infrastructure at Scale series, we discuss how to find the happy medium between monitoring software scalability and ease of use.


Application Performance Monitoring

An application is not just a small part of any business. It would be wise enough to say that an application itself is a company’s business in today’s digital world. This is the reason why application performance monitoring problems are the biggest hurdle for IT Teams and the growth of any business. Customer expectations from the application’s performance are changing every day. Today, customers don’t have patience and want to use any application flawlessly.


Centralized Log Management and Cloud Environments

Even before new hybrid workforce models, many companies already moved a lot of services to the cloud. COVID-19 digital transformation strategies instantly increased the number of access points and endpoints. This led to a rapid increase in event log data followed by all kinds of other issues -- performance, availability, security, and ultimately increased IT costs amongst other things. A centralized log management solution for your cloud environment can help you manage the above and more.


What Is Zero Trust & How Do We Implement It to Run Secure CI/CD Workflows in Kubernetes?

Zero trust is a security concept that is centered around the idea that organizations should never trust anyone or anything that does not originate from their domains. Organizations seeking zero trust automatically assume that any external services it commissions have security breaches and may leak sensitive information.


The U.S. COVID Vaccine Distribution Plan: Challenges and Solutions

As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread and new virus strains emerge, the public is frantically looking for answers regarding the U.S. government’s vaccine distribution plan. A sound vaccine distribution plan is especially crucial in times like these. All U.S. states, stretching from both coasts, are experiencing a vast number of COVID-related deaths and hospitalizations. The dire situation underscores the importance of having an effective, accelerated vaccine delivery process.


The Rise of the Citizen Developer

The amount of knowledge needed for application development has fallen rapidly over the last decade as more companies take advantage of no-code and low-code platforms. Today, citizen developers can build new business applications in graphics-based environments with drag-and-drop functionality. Instead of reaching out to IT professionals to improve functionality and solve business problems, they can use development tools made specifically for non-IT professionals.


New Feature: Incident types

Incidents are inevitable, and the reality is some of them are inevitably going to repeat themselves. FireHydrant has always strived to make the entire incident response lifecycle smooth, but up until today, common incident types were slightly burdensome for our customers. We decided it was time to help people make it easy to declare incidents using easy-to-use templates, which we’re deeming Incident types.


Building Autocomplete with ANTLR and CodeMirror

At Sumo Logic, we’re dealing with a large amount of data. To help our customers explore the data quickly and effectively, our product lets them write Logs, Metrics, and Tracing queries. One of the challenges we dealt with recently was improving the query building experience in our new, revamped Metrics UI.


AWS Redshift vs. The Rest - What's the Best Data Warehouse in 2021?

In the age of big data, where humans generate 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day, organizations like yours have the potential to harness more powerful analytics than ever before. But gathering, organizing, and sorting data still proves a challenge. Put simply, there's too much information and not enough context. The most popular commercial data warehouse solutions like Amazon Redshift say they deliver structured, usable data for businesses. But is this true?


How to Maximize E-commerce Conversions During a Holiday Sale

Festival sales contribute to a major part of revenue for e-commerce. Today’s price-sensitive online shoppers are driven by value, quality, and the desire to support local businesses. With lucrative discounts, promotions, and user engagement strategies, it is possible to attract the attention of deal-hungry holiday shoppers.


Ultimate Guide to Apply Field Testing for Mobile Application

Field testing is a critical step in the last phase of mobile testing. After all regression tests pass, testers would go into the real environment to verify an application’s usability and behavior. The purpose of field testing is to determine how an application works before releasing it to end-users. Therefore, teams test to see how end-users use the application beyond the initial frequent use, in a real-world scenario. Testing is carried out using mobile networks only.


Mark Settle on IT Leadership In 2021

The year 2020 was uniquely challenging for business and IT leaders around the world. The sudden shift en masse to remote work put tremendous pressure on IT teams to pivot and keep the show running for business continuity. Going digital is no longer a debate and digital transformation became more than a project in the distant future. So what else has changed in the IT leader’s playbook? We spoke with veteran CIO and author Mark Settle.


Azure Data Factory - Key to migrate data in Azure Cloud

Data sources ingest data in different sizes and shapes across on-premises and in the cloud, including product data, historical customer behaviour data, and user data. Enterprise could store these data in data storage services like Azure Blob store, an on-premises SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, and many more. This blog will highlight how users can define pipelines to migrate the unstructured data from different data stores to structured data using the Azure ETL tool, Azure Data Factory.


observIQ's Stanza Log Agent Now Part Of OpenTelemetry Project

Today I’m happy to announce that observIQ’s Stanza Log Agent will become a key part of the OpenTelemetry project. This has been in the works for many months and the team at observIQ is thrilled to see it becoming a reality. We’re particularly pleased to see it happening just as we launch our log management platform which will be the first platform to take full advantage of the log agent technology now incorporated into OpenTelemetry.


Unit Testing: What You Need To Know

In our latest guide covering the essentials and best practices for software development we are detailing some of the necessary basics that you need to know about unit testing before you get started. To explain examples, best practices and some of the top queries around unit testing we’ve invited contributors Nelson Ford, Founder and Principal Solutions Architect at Pilotcore Systems & Ryo Chikazawa, CEO of Autify to share their thoughts below.


Mind the gap: Fixing a broken decision-making process

Today, the average employee in a modern company encounters dozens of dashboards, reports, and data-driven discussions every week. Despite the availability of data, the gap between data and decisions continues to be a challenge for even the most advanced enterprises. A recent Gartner survey shows that only half of the decisions businesses make today are influenced by data, and 73% of data leaders report that the data they’re collecting is not having the impact they expected.


Firecracker MicroVMs: Lightweight Virtualization for Containers and Serverless Workloads

Deciding whether to run applications in containers or virtual machines used to entail analyzing which trade-offs you could accept in exchange for certain advantages. With Firecracker, we can leverage the benefits of both technologies. In this blog post, we are going to talk about why exactly Firecracker is setting the serverless computing world on fire and what you need to know about this emerging technology.


AppSignal for Elixir Integration 2.1 Released

We’re happy to announce the release of AppSignal for Elixir 2.1.0. 🥳 In this version, we’ve made our error helpers more flexible than before. You could already send Elixir exceptions directly through AppSignal and now you can add extra metadata to errors when using send_error/2-4. Let’s go through all of the changes 😀


Troubleshoot your tests

Preparing resilient tests can be a challenging process when you do not know where to start. We will cover this in this guide, from the virtual user validation to smoke testing. And then analyzing the most common errors and how to fix them. Note that we also recommend reading this other guide, it can greatly help understand the analysis and report engine of OctoPerf.


Who Else Wants to Increase Development Velocity?

Implementing SRE is fundamentally about shifting culture, but it often means adding new tooling and processes to your team's workflows to support that cultural change. Teams add new steps and checks to incident response procedures. Incident responders write retrospectives and create new meetings to review them. Engineers consult new tools like monitoring dashboards and SLOs. In other words, SRE creates another layer of consideration in development and operations.


Our Groundbreaking Partnership with Docker Is a Boon for DevOps Teams

Today we’re announcing a big move that will yield substantial, concrete benefits for our customers and for the entire DevOps community: A groundbreaking partnership with Docker that exempts Cloud users of the JFrog Platform from Docker Hub’s image-pull rate limits. This agreement further boosts JFrog’s vibrant ecosystem of integration partners, built on the “too integrated to fail” principle that’s been a pillar of our company since its founding.


How to monitor your AWS servers via MetricFire

In this article we explore the basics of monitoring Amazon Web Services (AWS) by feeding metrics to Grafana through Hosted Graphite’s agent and also through Hosted Graphite’s AWS add-on. This will allow us to monitor metrics from applications and servers hosted in AWS with clarity and depth. This article assumes you have created a Hosted Graphite account.


Monitoring Tools for MSP: Things to Consider

Monitoring is a major part of a Managed Service Provider or MSP. After all, it emerged as remote management and monitoring (RMM) of servers. However, today MSP’s scope is well-defined and distinguished from standard RMMs. Nevertheless, monitoring is still a key service that these companies provide to their clients. Managed service providers take care of all the IT infrastructure of their clients.


Use automated data collection to stay ahead of the competition

The world produces more data than it can consume. Every minute, we watch more than 5 million videos and send over 200 million messages and emails. You read that right. Every. Single. Minute. Companies that want to tap into data-driven decision-making to dominate their competition need to collect the vast amounts of data produced and extract valuable insights using data analysis. But data collection can be extremely challenging.

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Better Dashboarding - Grafana or SquaredUp?

As part of my job as a tech evangelist and a pre-sales engineer here at SquaredUp, I often find myself talking to a lot of people. And understandably, when you as a consumer are trying to evaluate a product that you may potentially invest in, it’s only natural that you want to compare different products and decide which one’s better and/or offers more value for money and why.


#NeotysPAC - Should performance testing grow fur or feathers to be saved from extinction? by Alexander Podelko

At the 2020 virtual PAC I discussed “Should performance testing grow fur or feathers to be saved from extinction?” — you may check the video and slides for more details and interesting historical facts. Basically it was about the past, present and future of performance engineering. Here I will try to summarize it in a more streamlined way. I believe that we see two major industry paradigm shifts: one, more platform/infrastructure-oriented; another, more process-oriented.


Ivanti will Acquire Cherwell to Further Enable the Everywhere Workplace

I am excited to share the news that Ivanti has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cherwell Software, a global leader in enterprise service management (ESM) solutions. This comes on the heels of Ivanti being named a Leader in Gartner’s 2020 Magic Quadrant for IT Service Management Tools report.


Monitoring Microservices on AWS with Thundra: Part III

Welcome to the third and final part of our series on monitoring microservices on AWS with Thundra. In the first part of this series we talked about monitoring a microservice architecture based on serverless technology like AWS API Gateway and AWS Lambda. In the second part, we looked at how to perform the same task with a Kubernetes- and AWS EKS-based architecture. In this final installment, we’ll learn how to monitor an AWS ECS cluster with Thundra.


Personalized IT: What Every Tech Dept. Needs To Know

The top priority of a typical IT team has remained relatively unchanged for decades: provide support for employees and make their user experiences as smooth as possible. With that being said, the actual workflow of an IT team looks nothing like it did years ago — because the way employees work on a day-to-day basis has drastically changed.


Fail2ban Monitoring with InfluxDB and Telegraf

If you have a server open to the internet on Port 22 (the default port for SSH servers), it’s common to find several “Failed password” in your auth.log (log file) every minute, due to bots constantly browsing the internet for servers that are easy to hack with common passwords. But if your auth.log is growing very fast and SSH daemon randomly refuses to create new connections, then someone probably marked your server as a target for coordinated SSH brute-force attack.


Evolving Your IT Skills in a SaaS World

Why SaaS could make your IT skills irrelevant. Headlines like this are scary, right? Well, that article was from back in 2008. Do you feel irrelevant? No, you say? That’s what I thought… There’s no binary transition point when a skill becomes totally irrelevant. IT is always evolving. This shouldn’t be scary. Imagine if you hadn’t evolved your skills since 2000. Or 2010. What are the things you’d be behind on now?


How to export and import Timelines and templates from Elastic Security

When performing critical security investigations and threat hunts using Elastic Security, the Timeline feature is always by your side as a workspace for investigations and threat hunting. Drilling down into an event is as simple as dragging and dropping to create the query you need to investigate an alert or event.


How to connect and monitor your Raspberry Pi with Grafana Cloud

The Raspberry Pi is a popular and inexpensive device that comes in many shapes and forms. It’s a popular hobbyist tool that is generally purchased to run all kinds of software experiments on. But make no mistake, even though a Raspberry Pi comes in a tiny form factor, it’s a fully functional computer!


Distribute Software Releases Globally with JFrog on AWS

Release management is a topic that leaders in DevOps teams should be concerned with as organizations move toward implementing systems of automated continuous deployment. The practice will make your organization more efficient, but how do you implement it? Modernizing your infrastructure for the cloud is essential to distributing trusted releases globally. Many enterprises choose AWS as their platform, and seek to use AWS edge services to distribute their production applications to nearby end-points.


Migrating Apache NiFi Flows from HDF to CFM with Zero Downtime

Has your organization considered upgrading from Hortonworks Data Flow (HDF) to Cloudera Flow Management (CFM), but thought the migration process would be too disruptive to your mission critical dataflows? In truth, many NiFi dataflows can be migrated from HDF to CFM quickly and easily with no data loss and without any service interruption. Here we explore three common use cases where a CFM cluster can assume an HDF cluster’s dataflows with minimal to no downtime.


Getting to Know Google Cloud Audit Logs

So you've set up a Google Cloud Logging sink along with a Dataflow pipeline and are happily ingesting these events into your Splunk infrastructure — great! But now what? How do you start to get meaningful insights from this data? In this blog post, I'll share eight useful signals hiding within Google Cloud audit logs that will help you uncover meaningful insights. You'll learn how to detect: Finally, we’ll wrap up with a simple dashboard that captures all these queries in one place.


How our customers modernize business intelligence with BigQuery and Looker

Businesses increasingly gather data to better understand their customers, products, marketing, and more. But unlocking valuable and meaningful insights from that data requires powerful, reliable, and scalable solutions. We hear from our BigQuery and Looker customers that they’ve been able to modernize business intelligence (BI) and allow self-service discovery on the data the business collects.


Introducing Cloud Cost Intelligence for Snowflake

Here at CloudZero, we work with some of the top software-driven companies out there. Like us, they’re building their products on Amazon Web Services (AWS), along with whatever best-of-breed providers meet their needs. It’s no secret that in recent years, Snowflake has seen — well, some serious success. For many companies, including CloudZero, they're the data warehouse provider of choice — and an essential component of delivering their products.


Learn how to comply now before your next audit

Are you struggling to keep up with manual compliance across your infrastructure? In this 25-minute episode of the Pulling the Strings podcast, powered by Puppet, learn how Puppet Comply makes automating your configuration compliance easy -- with full view dashboards and the ability to assess, remediate and enforce all through the Puppet Enterprise solution. Listen in and discover:


Compute Confidently at the Edge with Rancher and Longhorn 1.1

Today’s announcement of Longhorn 1.1, a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Sandbox project, is exciting news for users of Rancher, SUSE’s Kubernetes management platform, and the Kubernetes community. Longhorn is an enterprise-grade, cloud native container storage solution that went GA in June 2020. Since then, adoption has increased by 235 percent.


Discord Bot Part 2: More Observability

I’ve recently started working on a new project to build a Discord bot in Go, mostly as a way to learn more Go but also so I can use it to manage various things in Azure and potentially elsewhere. I figured it’d be useful to document some of this project to give some insights as to what I’ve done and why. Next up is the bot itself and how I integrated it into Honeycomb to get some visibility on how different commands are running.

APIs Over IPAs Podcast Ep 7: Architecting Apps with Original VP Engineering at LoungeBuddy/AmEx

Jesscia Lam was the Chief Architect and VP Engineering at LoungeBuddy, which was acquired by American Express. At LoungeBuddy she designed their APIs, many of which continue to be in use today. As a CTO, architect and engineering lead at multiple companies, Jessica shares her experience on how to build products to be more resilient, why error handling is so important and how to treat internal APIs vs. external APIs.

Amazon's Werner Vogels is right: it's possible to log everything

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Amazon.com When the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Amazon.com Werner Vogels held his 2020 re:Invent keynote speech, he made a special point of re-emphasizing a message he shared in previous speeches: the importance of logging everything.


We've Made Automation Even Faster!

If 2020 taught businesses anything, it’s that being able to turn on a dime and change everything about how you operate isn’t a “nice to have” – it’s a must. The demand for low-code technologies and automation was already climbing, but the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the need to re-orchestrate broken processes and reduce manual tasks.


Code42 launches a new app in the Sumo Logic Open Source Partner Ecosystem

Digital business transformation requires a fast-moving, collaborative culture. As companies on this fast track focus on innovation and speed to market, they inherently introduce more risk from the inside. Furthermore, in 2020, remote work became the norm, requiring increased adoption of cloud collaboration technologies. This shift caused a sudden acceleration of insider risk like we’ve never seen before.


API Development Best Practices

API (Application Programming Interface) development is a rapidly widening field. Every piece of software you may use will involve an API, and the number of jobs for API developers skyrockets every year. Unfortunately, poorly developed APIs can create difficulty and security concerns for users. What are some API development best practices you can put into place to prevent those outcomes?


OnPage Corporation Continues To Grow Despite the 2020 Pandemic

WALTHAM, Mass., Jan. 25, 2021 — OnPage Corporation, a Boston-based incident management and pager replacement company, today unveiled its fiscal 2020 year in review. OnPage delivered another year of strong results considering the uncertain situation brought upon the world with COVID-19. Past year results were driven by current customers that rely on OnPage for critical notifications and had to enlarge their deployment.


How to set AWS S3 Bucket Read Permissions with Relay

Cloud environments are susceptible to security issues. A big contributor is misconfigured resources. Misconfigured S3 buckets are one example of a security risk that could expose your organization’s sensitive data to bad actors. Policies and regular enforcement of best practices are key to reducing this security risk. However, manually checking and enforcing security is time-consuming and can fall behind with all the demands a busy DevOps team faces every day.


The Biggest Threat to the Security of Healthcare Data

When cyberattacks take out business systems, organizations suffer from direct and indirect financial losses. When healthcare systems go down, it’s a matter of life and death. Healthcare organizations were already a frequent target of cybercriminals, and the pandemic has made this situation worse. Infosecurity Magazine reports that healthcare data breaches will increase by 3x in 2021, at a time when so many healthcare providers are burnt out and exhausted from battling the pandemic.


The Evolution of DevOps in 2021

DevOps has long been a key tool in helping organizations reliably and rapidly deliver systems into production. While in the past IT and software development teams suffered from lengthy processes and struggled to resolve incompatible priorities, DevOps has become the solution for easier collaboration, as well as a more streamlined and efficient way to organize and manage operations.


Mattermost survey reveals remote work is here to stay

Mattermost has always been a remote-first company. Building a product that safely and securely allows our teams to communicate with each other regardless of geography or distance is the cornerstone of our philosophy on working remotely. Over the last year, the world of working online from home changed dramatically. Many people have been forced to move into a working situation they might not have been familiar with.

IT Innovation Without Disruption

Why is that IT innovation is often synonymous with employee disruption? It seems like you cannot make any improvements without interrupting employees and taking time away from their workday. We think-no, we know-there's a better way to innovate and improve the delivery of new applications & IT services. These 10 success stories from our customers in the IT Innovation Without Disruption eBook show you that there's a better way forward.

Why ManageEngine PAM360 is the ultimate privileged access management solution

At ManageEngine, we‘re building one of the most comprehensive and tightly integrated IT management software suites on the market. We have over 90 products and free tools to manage all your IT needs, including Active Directory management, help desk management, desktop and mobile device management, network and server management, application management, IT security, and analytics.


AWS Step Functions Input and Output Manipulation Handbook

In this handbook, we’ll explain the AWS Step Functions Input and Output manipulation. There’s plenty to talk about AWS Step Functions. There are numerous articles available online talking about AWS Step Functions ever since Step Functions were introduced in 2016. Most of these articles might make you think that Step Functions are actually an extension of the Lambda function, allowing you to combine several Lambda functions to call each other.


Have a Cloud Transition you can be Proud Of

In the reliability era, many services are migrating from in-house servers to the cloud. The cloud model allows your service to capitalize on the benefits of large hosting providers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud. These servers can be more reliable than in-house servers for reasons including: However, as with all things, cloud providers present their own risks and challenges as well. Teams will want to take advantage of the benefits while accounting for these limitations.


VMware Management Pack Update Release (20.11.2156.0)

Our first release for 2021 of the OpsLogix VMware Management Pack for Operations Manager is now released. This version includes mostly fixes to issues reported since the previous release but also a new PowerShell function to manage your licenses. And once again, we fully support the new version of VMware vSphere 7 and vSAN.


Are you realizing the potential of your embedded analytics?

Yellowfin have done a lot of work with software vendors over the years, helping them to embed analytics into their applications and we've learned a lot through that process. One of the things we have learnt is that there are some recurring fundamental issues with how product managers bring analytics into their product, an approach which can prevent them from realizing the full potential of their embedded analytics.


The Central Source of Truth: Fall Guys and Mediatonic

Mediatonic is a sprawling video game studio based in the UK, with a number of successful titles to their name: Heavenstrike Rivals, Gears POP!, and Murder by Numbers among them. In 2020, they struck gold again with Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. But this game would be special, and the need of handling these kinds of gaming logs at this kind of scale would be, too. This battle royal-style fighting game pits 60 players against each other until one reigns supreme.


How to build your own incident management process

IT incident management is a fundamental operational process designed to ensure rapid service restoration. This process is typically assigned to the help desk but is also very much entrenched in the day-to-day of DevOps. When incident management goes right, service is restored quickly and the impact on productivity, continuity, and customer satisfaction is minimal.


Trending Aggregate Values by Downsampling with InfluxDB

InfluxDB is great at capturing many kinds of metrics and allowing end users to aggregate those metrics to custom time groupings whether you’re watching IoT devices perform at 10-minute intervals, GitHub repositories issues close over weeks, or web performance metrics over seconds. Dashboards provide that information at a glance, at precisely the intervals you’ve determined. But what about the next level?

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What Is Interconnection And Why Is It So Important To Enterprises?

Enterprise network connectivity has evolved in line with changing business needs over the last few decades and as we saw with the sudden shift to remote working in 2020, the evolution cycle is speeding up in response to environmental change. This makes interconnection more important than ever to the modern enterprise.


Kubernetes Cost Management: Analyze Your Kubernetes Cost | CloudZero

The benefits for innovation with Kubernetes are clear: it can allow small teams to deliver more value, more rapidly. However, cost discussions around Kubernetes — and Kubernetes cost management — can be difficult. You have disposable and replaceable compute resources constantly coming and going, on a range of types of infrastructure. Yet at the end of the month, you just get a billing line item for EKS cost and a bunch of EC2 instances.


How To Create An Automated Login Page Test And Use Multiple Credentials

Countless things should be tested within web applications but among them, one of the most important scenarios to be tested and even load tested is the user login process. User login serves as a medium between providing users with most of the product features and therefore requires careful and thorough testing. If your website allows users to log in, a login page test is necessary. An automated test for this can be easily created for this.


How to Futureproof IT Environments Without Going Into Technical Debt

Federal IT pros are experts at using quick fixes to keep costs down and save time, often because there’s no other option. They essentially leap from crisis to crisis instead of future-proofing the agency’s IT environment. Paying down technical debt is neither easy nor glamorous, but without this paydown, you’re creating a cyclical panic. For example, when you’re in technical debt, you run with what you’ve got until it breaks; when it breaks, you panic.

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Core Web Vitals - what they are, how to measure and monitor them

Google has been saying for a long time that its primary goal is to improve the Internet in terms of increasing the quality of websites and the content published on them. This fits in with typical business goals (not so widely announced), i.e. maximizing revenues generated by a search engine. The better quality of search results provided to users, the more clicks. And the quality of results will never be higher than the quality of the best pages and content available for a given query.


A beginner's guide to distributed tracing and how it can increase an application's performance

Most people are instrumenting their applications, with logs being an easy first step into the observability world, followed by metrics. Tracing lags behind these two and is maybe a little less used than other observability patterns. We hope to change that.


The Future of Kubernetes on DevOps Radio

In this episode of DevOps Radio, Shipa’s CEO and Founder Bruno Andrade joins host Brian Dawson to discuss his thoughts on the future of Kubernetes. DevOps Radio is a CloudBees-sponsored podcast series. Hosting experts from around the industry, the show dives into what it takes to successfully develop, deliver and deploy software in today’s ever-changing business environment. From DevOps to Docker, each episode features real-world insights and a few stories, tips, industry scoop and more.


How To Report On Software Testing

Being able to write concise, easily comprehensible software testing reports is an important skill for software development team members to possess, particularly those in quality assurance, development, and support. Poorly written software testing reports can make the development process more difficult and less productive. Imagine a client asks if their app is ready for launch and based on your assessment, everything is working correctly.


Kuma 1.0.6 Released With Deep Status Checks & Five New Load Balancers

We are happy to announce a new release that ships with some major new features and improvements, Kuma 1.0.6! We suggest to upgrade to this new version to start using the greatest and latest. With 1.0.6 the Kuma GUI introduced the first few chart visualizations, more to come!


Why right-sizing your cloud infrastructure is the New Year's resolution you need

Even though January 1 has passed, it’s not too late to commit to a New Year’s resolution. “Right–sizing” might sound like the latest fad diet that promises easy weight loss results. But you didn’t come to this particular blog because (like me) your pandemic diet sometimes consisted of nothing more than take-out and never-ending snacks.


ServiceNow addresses vaccine management challenges

We all have words to describe 2020. Few of them would ring with nostalgia. COVID-19 has created pain, loss, and disruption on a scale not seen in generations. The economy has also been a casualty, as some companies have transformed and thrived while many others have stumbled and dissolved. But then, just as 2020 was bowing out, hope emerged. Three promising vaccines had produced better than expected results in clinical trials. Governments around the world rushed to approve them.


Secure Your Endpoints with Sophos & Logz.io

Intercept X is Sophos’ endpoint security solution, including anti-ransomware, zero-day exploit prevention, plus managed endpoint defense and response. It employs a layered approach reliant on multiple security techniques for endpoint detection and response (EDR). Those tactics include app lockdown, data loss prevention, web control and malware detection.


What the new WhatsApp Privacy Policy is all about and what it means for you

It was January 2007 when Steve Jobs officially announced the 1st Generation iPhone. At the time, there’s no doubt that he foresaw how the newly created concept of smartphone applications would become part of our everyday life. Fast forward a decade and we now have apps for literally everything, from trackable maps to online shopping, online banking to instant messaging.


10 Most Popular Databases You Should Know Apart From MySQL

Databases are everywhere these days, every application uses databases to store, organize and retrieve data. It has become more efficient than paper storage since it does not require more space and can also be easily accessed by multiple users at a time. There is an increase in demand for processing vast collections of data and this has become the most important reason for several companies to use databases.

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Delivering Agile Kubernetes Ingress Services for VMware Tanzu

VMware Tanzu eases the adoption of Kubernetes and supports modern applications with an automated application platform for container-based workloads. Since the application delivery components are among the most critical pieces of infrastructure needed to deliver enterprise-grade Kubernetes clusters, an ingress controller and services such as load balancing are typically deployed to enable external users to access the application.


Optimizing SAP EWM with UX on the edge

While technology plays a large part in the efficiency of warehouse operations, employees are the foundation. Prioritizing User Experience (UX) on employees’ mobile data entry devices, from handheld devices to fork truck-mounted barcode scanners, is crucial to maximizing productivity. SAP EWM provides the back-end functionality, but it is on these devices that everything comes together as they determine how, when, and where material handlers move products through the supply chain.

Unify your data with Grafana, wherever it lives: The ElastiSpLoki dashboard

At Grafana Labs, we believe you should unify your data, not your database. We want to help you with your observability, not own it But what if you have multiple teams using multiple open source and commercial solutions? Not a problem. To give an example, here is a quick demo of Splunk, Elastic, and Loki logs combined into one UI in #Grafana This is more than a dashboard; it's a composite panel with transformations of all three sources Your teams should be able to use best-of-breed technologies rather than being locked into one

Tyler Wells on building a culture of reliability at Twilio

What does reliability look like at a company that has thousands of employees and provides critical communication services to over 150,000 customers? We talked with Tyler Wells, Senior Director of Engineering at Twilio, to learn how he and his team created a culture of reliability at Twilio. He talked in depth about his experiences developing reliability goals, building reliability practices, and aligning engineering teams on these objectives.


SQL Server Performance Monitoring: Top Metrics to Look At

Application performance monitoring (APM) is one of the main monitoring techniques used in tech organizations. Performance is an essential attribute of applications and shouldn’t be overlooked. Our topic for today’s post can be considered both a subset and a complement of APM: SQL Server performance monitoring. We’ll start by covering some basics. We’ll define APM and why it’s so important.


Best Tips to Boost Your E-Commerce Website's User Experience

As we enter 2021, we’re seeing a renewed focus on user experience (UX). Whereas user experience was first limited to a UX designer, it encompasses so much more nowadays. User experience has become a business mentality, where everyone in a company can make a positive contribution to user experience. This article explores different tips to boost your e-commerce website’s user experience.


Podcast on Architectural Best Practices with LoungeBuddy VP Engineering

Ep. 7: Jessica Lam, VP Engineering of LoungeBuddy/AmEx Joining Moesif is Jesscia Lam, currently a technical advisor and angel investor in startups, and the Chief Architect and VP Engineering at LoungeBuddy, which was acquired by American Express. At LoungeBuddy she designed their APIs, many of which continue to be in use today.