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Today's hyper competitive environment defined by unreasonable demands for speed and high expectations for quality and usability has forced companies to differentiate based on their technology. Every company is a software company where customers' demands for features and functions are m...
John Michelsen is CTO of CA Technologies. As the Chief Technology Officer of CA Technologies, he is responsible for technical leadership and innovation, further developing the company's technical community, and aligning its software strategy, architecture and partner relationships to d...
Kafka 0.8.2 has a pile of new metrics for all three main Kafka components: Producers, Brokers, and Consumers. Not only does it have a lot of new metrics, the whole metrics part of Kafka has been redone — we worked closely with Kafka developers for several weeks to bring order and stru...
Dynatrace monitors your entire application delivery chain. All of your transactions are tracked end-to-end, from user clicks to individual lines of code, using Dynatrace PurePath technology. Dynatrace constantly monitors your servers’ host and process health, and will automatically not...
​I recently poured over F5’s “The State of Application Delivery in 2015” and InformationWeek’s “2015 App Dev Priorities Survey” that they presented with Dr. Dobb’s. The similarity of their titles, and even their release dates made me wonder how unique each of their findings would be, a...
The word DevOps is a portmanteau of “development” and “operations”. However, anyone who knows “The Phoenix Project” by Gene Kim et al. will agree that its radius is much wider than what the term suggests: it’s a melting pot that combines principles from Agile Software Development and L...
Bottom line up front, IDC estimates that application downtime costs the collective Fortune 1000 an average of $1.25 to $2.5 billion per year. More granularly, IDC estimates the average hourly cost of an infrastructure failure at $100,000/hr., and puts the hourly cost for the failure o...
Hang around any IT department (or the AppDynamics offices) and you likely won’t finish a cup of coffee before somebody brings up the cost of downtime or the ascent of DevOps. And that’s a good thing, because these are two topics that are central to the value that IT brings to enterpris...
Your #monitoringlife is about to get better! Next week’s release introduces support for asynchronous I/O in Java through Netty. This enables you to monitor any application that’s built on top of Netty-based technology. Netty is an asynchronous event-driven network application fra...
New functionality is rolling out in SPM Performance Monitoring! Watch this space for future posts on Transaction Tracing, Global and App-specific Server Views, Kafka 0.8.2 monitoring and other cool stuff. For this post, those of you who use HAProxy are in luck as we just adde...
VictorOps has made its Transmogrifier feature publicly available. This release delivers on customer feedback and addresses common challenges related to alert fatigue/noise and the surfacing of real-time contextual data to reduce Time-to-Resolution (TTR). VictorOps Transmogrifier addre...
Dev and Ops dated for about four years before they decided to get married. Now they will be living together and sharing so much more; will their relationship last? How will it need to change to support the additional closeness? Read more about their journey and how they are planning to...
“Solr or Elasticsearch?”…well, at least that is the common question I hear from Sematext’s consulting services clients and prospects. Which one is better, Solr or Elasticsearch? Which one is faster? Which one scales better? Which one can do X, and Y, and Z? Which one is easier to ...
Evolve or Die: What Agile and Continuous Delivery Mean for Change Management Change Management was designed to cater for “big bang” software changes with enormous risk, as a means of preventing disaster by exhaustive review. Modern software development has moved on. Continuous Deliver...
But is DevOps really a significant trend, or merely a fad? International Data Corporation (IDC) believes that DevOps will be adopted -- in either practice or discipline -- by 80% of Global 1000 organizations by 2019. IDC released a summary the findings from their "2014 DevOps Benchm...
A focus on automation is now a very common trait for large enterprises today. Faced with rising competition and the unrelenting need to evolve their user experience to match changing customer expectations, enterprises now need to innovate even faster than before. Automation is part ...
In between trying to organise my brothers I spent my teenage years involved in a couple of ventures, including building a telephone-based equivalent to ‘match.com'. I spent a great deal of time graphing and projecting the results from the content we posted to try and predict how engagi...
You need to get to a stage where Dev and Ops are not only working together and understanding what each other are doing, but where IT is a real driver of business performance. Getting to that stage is going to require some heavy lifting in the background, but get it right and you'll be ...
It's an exciting time in technology! The role of IT Ops is undergoing a seismic shift in meeting the ever increasing and pressurized demands from the business they serve. It seems only yesterday that client-server computing was being adopted by business users as a new-world alternative...
Certainly it will include the megatrends of cloud, mobility, Big Data and the Internet of Things, which we previously explored in, The Future of Retail and What it Means for CIOs. These are hugely important topics that will disrupt all industries. The winners will be those companies th...
The example of a huge company might alienate. It's DevOps on a massive scale, with a budget enough to create custom tools and personnel time enough to constantly develop initiatives. But DevOps can take any form you like, you can introduce it to your organization at any time, and it...
In our working lives, this kind of work is common. It might be checking a business dashboard here or there, tweaking some copy or making a few phone calls. Not work that we tend to consider glamorous in any way. Yet once again, if we were to stop doing it, our sites and apps would begi...
The 4th International DevOps Summit, co-located with16th International Cloud Expo – being held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automat...
SYS-CON Media announced today that ITInvolve launched their popular blog feed on DevOps Journal. DevOps Journal is focused on this critical enterprise IT topic in the world of cloud computing. DevOps Journal brings valuable information to DevOps professionals who are transforming the ...
I realize many of you looking to understand what Code Stream can do to help you with your Continuous Integration needs already have Git Jenkins and a whole ton of other tools. However for those who don’t yet have anything in place or for those who are looking to get a better understand...
From NGINX, they “accelerates content and application delivery, improves security, facilitates availability and scalability for the busiest websites on the Internet.” Next layer explanation: NGINX (open source) and NGINX Plus (commercial) are an HTTP server and reverse proxy, and an IM...
At Logentries we chat to new users everyday who are looking for an improved solution for centralizing and analyzing their log data. They have often tried rolling their own solution, have previously gone the open source route, or are using an "old school" logging technology. But, wha...
SYS-CON Media announced today that Plutora launched a blog feed on DevOps Journal with over 3,500 story reads in less than a week. DevOps Journal is focused on this critical enterprise IT topic in the world of cloud computing. DevOps Journal brings valuable information to DevOps profe...
As the pace of development and business continues to scale, teams need an agile and collaborative work environment to succeed. Moving to a DevOps model is a critical part of setting your engineering teams up to succeed, but making the transition can be challenging for many companies. ...
Log data provides the most granular view into what is happening across your systems, applications, and end users. Logs can show you where the issues are in real-time, and provide a historical trending view over time. Logs give you the whole picture. As we continue to expand Logentrie...
It’s been only a handful of months since my fellow Forbes pundits Mike Kavis and Ben Kepes bemoaned cloud provider Rackspace’s troubles competing in the cutthroat public cloud marketplace. “Companies like Rackspace simply cannot compete,” opined Kavis in July 2014. Back in May, Kepes s...
A common pattern in the past few years is the creation of centralized Release Engineering groups. These professionals apply common patterns for automating releases, they have a solid understanding of build and testing frameworks, and they help a large organization standardize software ...
Whenever people discuss DevOps they always speak of a "Wall of Confusion" between development and operations, and while there is certainly a barrier to understanding it's more than just a "wall." I see it more as a "canyon of distrust" or a "gulf of miscommunication." These are all ju...
An operations group tasked with accepting and supporting a software release. This group wants a predictable process, they view releases as incidents to be managed, and they answer to a business that wants predictability and accountability. One or more development groups tasked with ...
If you’re an avid Solr user you’ll want to check out these Lucene / Solr Revolution videos from two of Sematext’s Solr experts: Rafal Kuc and Radu Gheorghe. Radu talked about Solr performance tuning, which is always nice for keeping your applications snappy and your costs down. This i...
Over the past year, Datical has had amazing success with our flagship product, Datical DB. We’ve seen multiple visionary, sector-leading companies select Datical DB to drive their Application Schema changes. Now that the number has grown rapidly over the past year, we can begin to se...
Ask yourself, is either side pleased with the situation at present? I’ve seen companies invest in roles within IT to foster improved collaboration with the business (e.g. what ITIL calls Service Managers or what Gartner and others call Business Relationship Managers). This is a useful ...
Whether it is JMeter, SoapUI, Load Runner, SilkTest, Neotys or one of the cloud-based load testing solutions such as Keynote, Dynatrace (formerly Gomez) or others, breaking an application under heavy load is easy these days. Finding the problem based on automatically generated load tes...
Hi Folks, I have just added a UI Extension plugin in our git community that allows you to test and play with Jython Server side APIs which can be further use to build REST API Extensions and XL Rules jython scripting. It is available at https://github.com/xebialabs-community/xld-jytuto...
When a CIO or a CTO thinks of the applications they support it is almost always in terms of a "portfolio" When a research company named Gleanster poll executives about agile data management they discovered an interesting trend. Companies are reporting an increase in portfolio sizes wi...