Six mistakes in your OpenStack monitoring process…and how to fix them

Many cloud admins unwittingly sabotage their OpenStack monitoring processes. I collected a few common mistakes and what to do instead to make your OpenStack troubleshooting easier. Mistake #1: Investing a lot of time and effort into configuration Let’s get this straight: most commercial and open source monitoring tools avoid talking about how much effort you must invest in their configuration, let alone in their maintenance. So first try to find … read more

Escape Application Performance "Groundhog Day" with Culture Change

I love movies.  There is just something about them that can teach us a lot about life.  One of my favorites is Groundhog Day. The construct of this movie is that the main character Phil, played by Bill Murray, is trapped having to live the same day over and over again.   This is what it can be like for IT when it comes to managing application performance.  When a problem … read more

Performance In Development Is The Chief Cornerstone

In Roman architecture the stone in which a construction project was started from was called the cornerstone or foundation stone.  It was the most important because this was the stone in which all other stones would be based off of.  Great care was taken in making sure that the angles were correct.  If there was a slight deviation, even one degree, it could cause structural issues for a foundation.  When … read more

Proactive vs Reactive: How to prevent problems instead of fixing them faster

I consistently stand in front of customers wanting the same thing from their performance monitoring tool sets.  “We want to be more proactive,” they proclaim in desperation.  “We need to have a tool that will automatically alert us to a problem” they demand.  “We want to address a problem before it becomes a problem.”  This is a constant challenge for Operations.  Think about it.  How many times have you said, “I will … read more

Website Performance: Designing a Test Strategy to Evaluate CDN Performance

Moving static content to a CDN (Content Delivery Network) is a proven and relatively simple way to improve perceived website performance. By using a CDN to cache data on servers near the “edge” of the internet, you will not only enable faster access for the user, but also reduce your data center requirements. The easiest and least expensive content to move to the edge is static data – images and text files that change infrequently. But how do you decide which CDN to use? … read more

Video: Defining the New Application Performance Management Market Space

I recently spoke with Steve Tack, Compuware’s CTO, about the upcoming merge of DynaTrace and Gomez APM in the application performance management market space. The video covers 3 questions: What’s driving the need for a next generation approach to APM within the application performance management marketspace? What value does the Dynatrace acquisition by Compuware offer current and future Gomez APM customers? How is the combination of Dynatrace and Gomez unique … read more