Microservices

The Cure for CIO Performance Anxiety?

Performance monitoring is making CIOs anxious.  According to IDG Research, 80% of CIOs rank application and network performance as a top priority, but only 16% believe they are doing it well. What is holding them back?  A lack of visibility, to start CIOs don’t have the benefit of unified, dashboard-level insights into their domain that their CMO and CFO counterparts enjoy. CMOs can easily see the results and plans of… read more

Monitoring for digital attackers: Closing the divide between biz, dev and ops for accelerated digital transformation

I like the term “digital attacker” because it conveys the exact goal and endpoint of digital transformation: turning IT into the enabling source for sustainable, competitive advantages.  An old mentor of mine described it well by saying, “I feel like I’m constantly being chased by a big boulder–the competition–and IT enables us to run faster to stay ahead of that boulder instead of getting crushed by it.”  In… read more

For containers and microservices, gen 2 monitoring won’t cut it

Microservice architectures and containers are exploding in popularity, with the number of containerized applications expected to rise by 80% over the next two years. Source: A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dell EMC, Intel, and Red Hat, January 2017 This shift represents a paradigm change in how applications are designed, deployed, and operated. So, it only makes sense that it also requires… read more

Using Dynatrace AI based Monitoring to Ensure Blockchain Performance

The explosion of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency has been a proving ground for Blockchain transactions.  Blockchain is a constantly growing list of records called blocks, which are connected and secured using cryptography (1).  Blockchains provide permanent verifiable means of recording transactions between two parties.   Serious actors in Finance, eCommerce and IT are massively investing in and building out Blockchain frameworks.  Blockchain by its very nature requires tremendous processing power and… read more

The top 5 reasons you can’t compare AppDynamics to Dynatrace for APM

When customers are selecting an APM solution we at Dynatrace are often shortlisted alongside Cisco AppDynamics. I’ve heard all sorts of stories as to the claims, half-truths, and false statements that are shared to try and sway the customer. The reality is, because of our relentless innovation, we are no longer ‘like’ other APM providers such as AppDynamics. It pays for the customer to stay up to… read more

Should the Twelve-Factor App now be Fifteen-Factor?

Dynatrace is proud to be sponsoring and offering a complimentary version of the O’Reilly eBook, ”Beyond the Twelve-Factor App”. The original Twelve-Factor App framework was created in 2012 by developers at early cloud pioneer Heroku as a set of rules and guidelines for organizations building modern web applications that run “as a service.” The framework was inspired by Martin Fowler’s work… read more

A Thousand Points of Light: Critical Performance Insights from Wire Data

Modernizing and optimizing. Transforming. If you’re in IT, you hear these terms frequently. They likely mean different things to different organizations, but there are a couple of recurring themes. Increasing agility to respond in real time to shifts in business demands. Managing the costs associated with increased complexity, through automation and intelligence as well as rationalization and consolidation. Cloud – private, hybrid, public – is not the result; rather, cloud… 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… 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

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… read more