Synthetic Testing

Dynatrace performance benchmarks and 2017 Best of the Web

Digital experience has changed dramatically from when Dynatrace became the Internet authority back in the eCommerce era of the early 2000’s. Through the evolution of the Web, mobile and now Internet of things, Dynatrace has delivered the most advanced capabilities in digital experience monitoring. Today, that means having comprehensive visibility to how digital assets are responding to customers, and the confidence that everything works as it should. For years, we’ve… read more

Analyzing DNS Outage Impact on 3rd party Applications

Many blog posts have been written about the Dyn DNS DDOS attack  on October 21st. Dyn itself was very open with the problem and kept updating their customers and users impacted by the attack through their blog and twitter feed. My colleague David Jones (aka Jonesy) blogged about how our Dynatrace Synthetic monitoring picked up the problem for our customers. Here is a screenshot showing how, for instance,… read more

2016 Election – Digital Transformation at the State Level

Update: Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 7:00pm EST Polls are starting to close and every indication points to no election day disruption due to DDoS attacks on DNS providers. We did observe that some of the states saw increased traffic that potentially impacted end users. Nevada Elections tweeted about the issue. Update: Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 3:30pm EST Late afternoon shows no… read more

Pokemon Go Performance Issues – Gotta Catch Them All

Pokemon Go has stormed onto the scene this past week and the buzz is everywhere about it! However, being so successful in such a brief period of time can have a downside. Reports of players being unable to access services started appearing in relatively short order. Amazon’s CTO jumped into the fray offering their cloud services to help scale NiantecLab’s (creators of Pokemon Go) server-side infrastructure. While the… read more

The ChatOps Approach to Software Delivery

Dynatrace synthetic monitoring runs tests against a web application and provides users with information on application performance and availability. This includes alerts whenever performance or availability go below defined thresholds. sl However, the process by which alerts are received, evaluated, and diagnosed is changing rapidly. Some of this change is driven by our new Retry on Error feature, which automatically retries a test that for some reason… read more

Mobile-device emulation for web checks

You now have the option of defining a mobile-device profile for each of your web checks. This means that your web checks can now emulate the behavior of any of the most popular mobile devices in use today. Set device type for new web checks With our new simplified web-check creation and edit workflow you’ll find the mobile-device emulation option on the Create a new web check page. To… read more

Dynatrace Recorder Simplifies Synthetic Test Recording

The ability to record tests has always been possible with Dynatrace Synthetic, using a separate recording tool available from the portal. Now it’s even easier, with the new Dynatrace Recorder (in beta at this time). Building your tests are as easy as navigating your web site. The new Dynatrace Web Recorder works as a Chrome plug-in, so you open the Dynatrace Portal using Chrome. A key feature of this design… read more

Content validation for availability web checks

For some time now, Ruxit has enabled you to add content validations to specific clickpath actions. Now this functionality is available for availability web checks, too. When creating or editing an availability web check you now have the option of adding content validation rules. To create an availability web check with content validation: Select Availability & SLA from the Ruxit menu. Click Add web check. Type in the URL to be monitored. Name the web… read more

Evolving an APM Strategy for the 21st Century

I started in the web performance industry – well before Application Performance Management (APM) existed – during a time when external, single page measurement ruled the land. In an ecosystem where no other solutions existed, it was the top of the data chain to support the rapidly evolving world of web applications. This was an effective approach to APM, as most online applications were self-contained and, compared to the modern… read more