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Going head to head in APM: Dynatrace VS AppDynamics

The APM (application performance management) market is one of the most watched and in-demand tech industries today. Why? Because perfect application performance is undeniably the holy grail for every modern business. That’s why we set about redefining how global businesses approach APM more than four years ago. You see, we saw on the horizon just how insanely complex and hyperscale our IT environments were about to get. So, we worked … read more

Automating Shared Infrastructure Impact Analysis: Why Monitoring Backend Jobs is as important as monitoring applications

This posting illustrates how to effectively automate shared infrastructure analysis to support both your back-end jobs and your applications. Last week Gerald, one of our Dynatrace AppMon super users, sent me a PurePath as part of my Share Your PurePath program. He wanted to get my opinion on high I/O time they sporadically see in some of their key transactions on their Adobe based documentation management system. The hotspot he tried … read more

Cloud and microservices

My SAP Hybris Digital Live Summit Takeaways

You can’t really say that I participated in SAP Hybris’ Digital Live Summit (#SAPHybrisLive) yesterday. It was a global event spread across multiple time zones – so yesterday doesn’t apply here. It was a unprecedented online event of a kind I’ve never before experienced. The event followed the sun, started in Singapore, continued in Munich, and finished in New York. 21 hours of live-streaming content and numerous on-demand content items made available for consumption … read more

Easy Azure monitoring with the Dynatrace VM extension

The Azure VM Extension Gallery makes extending your virtual machines with additional functionality a matter of a few clicks. Following is a brief explanation of how to find the required information you’ll need to set up the Dynatrace OneAgent Azure VM extension. Please be aware that Azure VM extensions are available via the new Azure Portal only. Installation Generate PaaS Token The first step is to get your environment ID and generate a PaaS token for … read more

OpenStack network mystery: How 2 bytes cost me two days of trouble

Once upon a time, I set up an OpenStack cluster and experienced some strange connectivity problems with all my OpenStack instances. It was the perfect opportunity to learn more about OpenStack, perform a head-long deep dive into Neutron, and update my network troubleshooting skills. The preliminaries I set up my OpenStack cluster on 6 Dell OptiPlex 7040 machines, 1 router, 1 managed switch, and 1 unmanaged switch. True, this is not the usual … read more

Application performance management

Dynatrace partners, HCL Technologies & CSC stand tall in new Gartner report

Here at Dynatrace, we were pretty excited (but not completely surprised) to see a number of our partners making the A-list in Gartner’s newly launched Magic Quadrant report, which identifies the top 20 Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers Worldwide. Accenture, HCL, CSC, Capgemini, Melbourne IT, Bulletproof, Rackspace, Wipro and Infosys are among our partners that made the list. I specifically called out HCL and CSC because it just so happens … read more

How IT in the age of digital transformation is like the space race

Next month will mark the 47th anniversary of Apollo 13. The film that recounts the story is a favorite of mine, probably because it so masterfully captures the incredible suspense, fear, and hope felt by people everywhere, that I personally recall very well. I also know how an organization’s digital transformation can generate similar reactions! Apollo 13 was likely a casualty of the space program’s incredibly aggressive schedule. NASA, with U.S. … read more

DevOps

Inside the Black Box Part 3 — VBScript

The third topic of the “black box” series brings us to VBScript. For people interested in the first part, Generated Code, please click here. For the second part, Python, please click here. The first question which came to my mind when someone wanted to instrument VBScript was “Why would someone want to instrument a script?”. The answer to that question is that VBScript is not only something used to script … read more

OpenStack network mystery: How 2 bytes cost me two days of trouble

Once upon a time, I set up an OpenStack cluster and experienced some strange connectivity problems with all my OpenStack instances. It was the perfect opportunity to learn more about OpenStack, perform a head-long deep dive into Neutron, and update my network troubleshooting skills. The preliminaries I set up my OpenStack cluster on 6 Dell OptiPlex 7040 machines, 1 router, 1 managed switch, and 1 unmanaged switch. True, this is not the usual … read more

Using the Dynatrace DevOps Pipeline State UFO

The Dynatrace DevOps Pipeline State UFO was built out of the necessity to visualize alerts, problems, health and CI/CD pipeline state within the Dynatrace R&D organization. It sparked a cultural transformation as it made code quality that we pushed more frequently through our Delivery Pipeline more visible. You should read the background story from our Chief Software Architect Helmut Spiegl who invented the first versions of the UFO. We officially … read more

Inside the Black Box Part 2 – Python

This is the second topic of the “Black Box” series, bringing us to Python. For people interested in part one — Generated Code — please click here. In this post I’ll go through how to take a simple Python script and instrument it using the AppMon Native ADK. I will also shed some light on the most common pitfall when instrumenting Python scripts and how you might be able to … read more

Digital experience

The impact of JavaScript errors and How to monitor JavaScript errors using Real User Monitoring!

These days we are moving more and more logic towards the user into the browser to achieve higher performance and better user experience. There are Single Page Application frameworks like AngularJS, React, Ember and others supporting this trend. If it works, everything is fine. But with this trend a JavaScript error can become a website killer. What does this mean? Below you can see the same page twice, but depending on the … read more

My SAP Hybris Digital Live Summit Takeaways

You can’t really say that I participated in SAP Hybris’ Digital Live Summit (#SAPHybrisLive) yesterday. It was a global event spread across multiple time zones – so yesterday doesn’t apply here. It was a unprecedented online event of a kind I’ve never before experienced. The event followed the sun, started in Singapore, continued in Munich, and finished in New York. 21 hours of live-streaming content and numerous on-demand content items made available for consumption … read more

Close Encounters with Out of This World Digital Experience

As technologists, we find ourselves in the middle of tumultuous times and radical change: cloud, containers, automation, artificial intelligence, mobility, the Internet of Things, cyberwarfare, digital transformation, and more! When the $&#! hits the fan, military strategists reference a mental framework called the OODA loop, to sort chaos into clarity. At Perform 2017, we were reminded of how customers continue to find clarity amidst today’s complexity by focusing on their … read more

Dynatrace product news

Advanced process group availability monitoring

For some time now, Dynatrace has provided you the ability to automatically detect when the unavailability of a specific process results in a problem (for example, increased failure rate or outages of your website). Recently we announced that you can receive notifications when a process within a specific process group becomes unavailable—even if no related customer impact is detected. We’ve now added another enhancement that’s particularly useful for cluster monitoring: … read more

Seamless ServiceNow CMDB sync & problem detection

Managing highly dynamic service and application infrastructures with a CMDB database can be cumbersome and error prone. Modern microservices infrastructures commonly contain thousands of individual business-critical services and related dependencies. Dynatrace automatically discovers and monitors all such services and applications in real time, detects deviations from normal behavior (availability, performance, and/or errors), and synchronizes this data with your ServiceNow instance. Dynatrace anomaly detection The first step toward gaining full technology … read more

Company and culture

‘Tis the Season for Dynatrace

Twas the night before “go live” and everyone knew, If the code didn’t work, their careers would be through. The code was reviewed and load tests were started, Every metric was precisely charted. The results came back and they were relieved, For all of their functional goals were achieved. Only one final approval to put it in prod, The manager signed off and gave it a nod. The final milestone … read more

Constantly innovating. 7 years an APM leader.

When you’re an APM leader, innovation is everything. But investing in R&D means a dual focus on core capabilities and new advancements – constantly weaving the two together, to create a formidable offering that will address the deep and complex needs of existing and future customers. At Dynatrace, we invest more in redefining the APM industry than anyone else. We believe that’s why we’ve been positioned as a leader for … read more

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