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Why we love Dynatrace AppMon 2017 May

Just as Dynatrace has redefined monitoring for Cloud Native, Micro-Services and Web Scale DevOps through Dynatrace SaaS & Managed, we’ve also been innovating on our Dynatrace AppMon & UEM solution. Thanks to feedback from our users and our passionate engineering teams, Dynatrace AppMon 2017 May (= Version 7) clearly shows the biggest innovation leap that I can remember since my start at Dynatrace nine years ago. Here are some of my personal … read more

Dynatrace on Dynatrace: Detecting Regressions in Continuous Performance Environments

In my previous blog I addressed how we use Dynatrace on Dynatrace in our Continuous Functional Testing Environment. During that same visit to our engineering lab in Linz, Austria I also spoke with Thomas Steinmaurer, Performance Architect for Dynatrace. He oversees our Continuous Performance Environment. Dynatrace builds are deployed daily. Different load patterns are constantly running simulating traffic of thousands of agents. For this purpose we wrote our own performance testing tool because we have some … read more

Dynatrace on Dynatrace: Detecting Architectural Regressions in Continuous Functional Testing

At Dynatrace we not only sell our performance monitoring solutions to our customers – we use them in the way we want our customers to use them. The benefit of this “eat your own dog food” – or – “drink your own Champagne” (as we like to call it) is that we see first-hand if our features need to be improved to deliver what we promise. On my last trip … read more

DevOps tool chain: Shift-Left with Bamboo, SoapUI, JMeter and Dynatrace

Dynatrace is a true player in the DevOps tool chain. We built Dynatrace to provide fast feedback on code quality all the way from Dev, via Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery, all the way into production. The same Dynatrace solution for every pipeline stage to provide fast metrics-based feedback loops on code changes that you are pushing from left (Dev) to right (Ops). Shift-Left therefore really means that we want to identify … read more

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

DevOps from the Front Lines: Enterprise Adoption Principles and Pitfalls

So, what do I think of when I’m told a company wants to adopt DevOps? The first thing that comes to mind is the size of the organization, and how far they want to take DevOps best practices. I really want to know what DevOps adoption will mean for the company. In my experience, it gets especially interesting for large organizations that rely on a lot of applications and teams. There … read more

Inside the black box – Generated code

With the requirement to deliver new software releases faster, and more frequently, many companies choose to automate some, or all, of the code development. Developers can create flows in an integrated development environment (IDE) such as JDeveloper, Eclipse or another tool without seeing a single line of code. Once the process is defined in the flow view the IDE creates one or more files which is read in by the … read more

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