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Hybrid Cloud Problem Patterns: Chasing DNS Lookup Times from AWS EC2

As a performance architect, I get called into various production performance issues. One of our recent production issues happened on Tomcat AppServer running on an AWS EC2 instance in a VPC. VPC is joined with an on-premise DNS server. This service calls another micro service. When service went live, we noticed a high response time from a downstream micro service, and the downstream service logs did not show any performance … read more

Don’t just move your servers to the cloud

The cloud has now been around for a while and has transitioned from being a place where the cool kids play to an integral part of any companies IT and application strategy. The first and most obvious step is to handle compute power not within the own datacenter but rather the cloud. Spinning up a server in the cloud is just quicker and especially for very large corporations adding compute … read more

DockerCon 2017 – A Tale of Three Demos

DockerCon 2017 was three days of jam-packed action. As each day closed, I took some time to reflect with my colleagues on the hottest elements of our demos and discussions. We ended up with three solid demo videos covering key aspects of our solution for Docker environments. Auto-discovery and the power of Smartscape At previous employers, I’ve demonstrated a number of products, but I’ve never focused on the deployment of the … read more

Live from Red Hat Summit 2017

Red Hat Summit officially kicks off tomorrow at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.  As the team and I gear up for an exciting week of conversations, presentations and networking, I want to share a few thoughts on why we at Dynatrace consider Red Hat such a strong, valued partner. Together, we’re redefining the way microservice environments are managed and monitored The use of microservices and containers is growing at … read more

Docker container monitoring in a hypercomplex world: notes from DockerCon 2017

We’ve just wrapped up at DockerCon and I wanted to share some of the key highlights from such an electric and high-energy event. Our booth was absolutely jammed, as we showcased our unique approach to monitoring Docker environments, caused by a word-of-mouth surge. Here’s my take: #1. Nearly everyone at the event is moving to Docker in a big way for its flexibility and scalability. #2. Complexity of container environments and … read more

IoT complexity and self-driving cars – live interview

This week, I was interviewed on Cheddar TV – a super modern, social-powered tech and finance news outlet that receives about a million live views per day across its site and social channels. You can watch the live interview here: And here are the main points we hit on during the interview: Cisco’s acquisition of AppDynamics and how the buy-out figure wasn’t a surprise at all to Dynatrace. APM is … read more

We tested 3 messages on the ground floor of AWS Sydney. Here’s what happened.

I was fortunate enough to be on the stand at the AWS Summit in Sydney. I say fortunate, because I simply love being able to demo our monitoring solution and see people’s reactions. It’s also a great chance to try on some of our brand messages to see if they resonate. This is my take on the event. Message 1: Sexy dashboards that are outclassed by AI and Problem Resolution … 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

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

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