August 2021

uptrends

5 reasons why your startup needs website monitoring

Despite the ongoing pandemic, 2020 was still a record year for venture capital investments into American startups, which amounted to $156.2 billion, according to a recent PitchBook report. Being an astute entrepreneur, you’ve likely thought of everything to enable your startup business to hit the ground running — branding, product logos, hiring staff, equipment purchases, and structuring your business roadmap. You are ready to take the marketplace by storm — or so you think.

lightstep

Looking beyond observability: A preview of Lightstep Incident Response for Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) and DevOps teams

Since founding Lightstep in 2015, we've been focused on one thing: providing clarity and confidence to the teams that build and operate the software that powers our daily lives. Joining ServiceNow helped us accelerate this vision, and now, we're excited to share more about what we've been working on together — Lightstep® Incident Response.

datadog

Monitor feature releases with Statsig's offering in the Datadog Marketplace

Statsig is a modern experimentation platform that provides crucial insight into how new features are received by your users, so you can make informed product decisions and deploy with confidence. Statsig automatically runs A/B tests on features as they’re rolled out, and measures their impact on key business metrics, such as user growth and engagement.

signoz

Everything you need to know about OpenTelemetry Collector

OpenTelemetry Collector is a crucial component of OpenTelemetry architecture. It reduces overhead on your application to collect and manage telemetry data. Let's do a deep dive on OpenTelemetry Collectors to understand how it works. The first step in setting up distributed systems monitoring and tracing is instrumentation, which enables generating and managing telemetry data. Once the telemetry data is generated, you need a way to collect and analyze it.

catchpoint

How-To Series: Tips And Tricks For Catchpoint's Integrations And APIs

Collaboration tools like Slack and Teams are here to stay. They’re very much inseparable from the distributed workforce that we all continue to find ourselves in. A robust set of integrations are then an essential part of today's monitoring and observability platforms. Feeding Catchpoint data into your support team via a Slack channel could be the difference between catching a disruption early or having to respond to a full-blown outage.

websitepulse

An Easy-to-Follow Guide on Migrating Your Website With Minimal Downtime

Businesses and successful social enterprises might need to move their website to a new host or server for various reasons. Perhaps you've expanded beyond what your current provider can offer or need a faster server or host. No matter the motivation, making website migrations more efficient is essential to keeping your business operations running. Although technological advancements have improved the delays that result from transferring sites, there can still be a lengthy delay.

observiq

Log Management for the MEAN Stack Framework

MEAN is evolving as a popular web stack for developing cloud native applications because of its scalability, ease of extension, and high reliability. Each component in MEAN is built on JavaScript, contributing to a cohesive development platform. In this post, we take you through the log management options that are available for each component of the MEAN stack framework and their respective limitations – limitations that are addressable with a refined log management solution like observIQ.

solarwinds

Indexing Strategies for SQL Server Performance

One of the easiest ways to increase query performance in SQL Server is to make sure it can quickly access the requested data as efficiently as possible. In SQL Server, using one or more indexes can be exactly the fix you need. In fact, indexes are so important, SQL Server can warn you when it figures out there’s an index missing that would benefit a query.

thundra

What Is Cloud-based Software Testing and How Can It Enhance Testing Services?

Due to the sudden upsurge in the usage of software applications around the globe, enterprises are finding it extremely difficult to meet the time to market demands. Enterprise QA teams that are able to detect errors at the earliest will have more time to work on various other development phases as well as enhance the application quality. With the advent of cloud computing technology, enterprises have leveraged several innovative opportunities in software testing and software deployment.

sysdig

What's new in Sysdig - August 2021

Welcome to another monthly update on what’s new from Sysdig! This month’s big announcement is our new support for Prometheus as a managed service. There are several individual features behind this which we cover in more detail below, but here is a summary: Also, Kubernetes 1.22 was released and we shared our review of what to look out for. Go check out our Kubernetes 1.22 – What’s new? post if you haven’t already.

How to Do Simple UX Monitoring With ipMonitor

Learn how you can leverage ipMonitor user experience monitors to be sure you know about any user experience issues before end users do. Do you know what’s going on right now with all the network devices, servers, and applications that are the magic behind your business? To keep on top of what’s happening with all of those moving parts, you need an easy-to-use, reliable monitoring solution that tells you what’s up, what’s down, and what’s not performing as expected.
kong

8 Cloud Cost Optimization Tactics for Kubernetes

If you’ve ever gotten sticker shock after receiving a surprisingly large cloud bill, this might have been your reaction… I think we’ve all been there. While the cloud makes flexible scaling possible, it has also introduced many new services one can use, resulting in increased cloud costs. In this article, I’ll go over the eight ways you can reduce your Kubernetes cloud costs. I use Amazon Web Services (AWS) as an example, but the lessons can also apply to other cloud providers.

scout

Comparing 7 New Relic Competitors in 2021

Application performance monitoring tools, or APMs, help give developers feedback so they can understand whether their programs are working the way they had planned for their users and clients. It also provides information about the software’s quality. Most DevOps teams use these tools throughout the software development life cycle. This way, they make sure that they cover their grounds before releasing software into the market.

Understanding Apigee API Monitoring

Want to make sure the APIs you’ve launched on Apigee are performing as expected? In this video, we show how API Monitoring provides real-time insights into API traffic and performance, so you can solve problems as they happen. Watch to learn how you can stay informed and understand unusual events or patterns.

Effortlessly connect SCOM to teams and Slack with Connection Center Webinar

See how easy it is to connect SCOM to Teams and Slack with Cookdown Connection Center in this webinar recording originally aired 26-Aug-2021. The Teams and Slack integrations demoed here are part of Cookdown Connection Center, your one-stop-shop for all your integration needs to and from SCOM without writing a line of code. Connection Center lets you raise Alerts in SCOM from anywhere and push alerts to ITSM platforms, notifications tools, and more.
thoughtspot

Buying and selling your home with data: A Q&A with Opendoor CTO Ian Wong

While many businesses struggled to keep pace with the changing economics of a global pandemic, the real estate industry was booming. The housing market reached record-breaking heights last month, with median existing-price homes rising 17.2% over the prior year. This increase in the average cost of a house was compounded by accelerated closing times, as the average house sold in 18 days, a record low.

pandora fms

Firewall... It's getting hot in here!

There’s something that humans and machines have in common, and no, it’s not the disappointment suffered by the final season of Game of Thrones, or, well, at least not only that. What we have in common is that we need protection. You know, animals need it too, and plants, but if you’ve gotten this far, it seems that you’re interested in computers, networks and all these pretty modern “geek” things, so today we’ll talk about that kind of protection.

haproxy

Testing Your HAProxy Configuration

Learn how to test your HAProxy Configuration. Properly testing your HAProxy configuration file is a simple, yet crucial part of administering your load balancer. Remembering to run one simple command after making a change to your configuration file can save you from unintentionally stopping your load balancer and bringing down your services.

servicenow

The new world of hybrid work in Australia and New Zealand

Nathalie Tousignant, director of ITSM product management, co-wrote this blog. For decades, work was a place we went, where colleagues gathered in person for meetings, problem-solving, and chats over coffee. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the way we thought about work changed overnight. Many tried to fit the processes of traditional in-person work into a virtual setting. The result?

Codeless Test Automation integrating Ranorex with Xray and Jira - Tutorial

Ranorex is a codeless test automation solution that uses a keyword-driven framework to implement GUI test automation across a broad set of technologies, including desktop, web, and mobile. In this video we'll show you how to have visibility of your test automation results in Jira, using Xray.
netreo

Server Management: What It Means and How to Do It Right

The age of storing data only on paper is long gone. In this age, almost everything has become digital. Businesses, services, data sharing—everything has gone online. And servers play a major role in making this possible. Though it might look simple to users, a lot happens on the back end. Servers have a wide range of applications—application hosting, email management, proxies, file transfers, etc. Different servers specialize in different services.

grafana

How Istio, Tempo, and Loki speed up debugging for microservices

“How am I supposed to debug this?" Just imagine: Late Friday, you are about to shut down your laptop and … an issue comes up. Warnings, alerts, red colors. Everything that we, developers, hate the most. The architect decided to develop that system based on microservices. Hundreds of them! You, as a developer, think why? Why does the architect hate me so much? And then, the main question of the moment: How am I supposed to debug this?

axosoft

Code Review

Code review is a process to ensure that bugs and errors are caught and fixed before they reach production. This very often requires the participation of developers who are not directly involved in implementing the particular part of code that is being reviewed. Code review is part of a bigger quality assurance process to ensure that the final product performs exactly as expected.

epsagon

Hitchhiker's guide to Prometheus (Part 2)

In Part II (Part I is here) of our “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Prometheus,” we are going to continue with the overview of this powerful monitoring solution for cloud-native applications. In particular, we’ll walk you through configuring Prometheus for scraping exporter metrics and custom application metrics, using the Prometheus remote write API, and discuss some best practices for operating Prometheus in production. Let’s get started!

blameless

Situation Room: On-Call Team Faces Worst Case of Sunday Scaries

Picture this: it’s Sunday night. You’re relaxing in bed, in that sweet spot where you’re geared up for Monday, but the fun of the weekend hasn’t yet faded. As you idly scroll through content on your phone, you see a message preview pop up. It’s to your work email. That’s bad. It’s from the hosting company you contract. That’s really bad. They’re saying they accidentally deleted the production database.

speedscale

Feature Spotlight: API Dependency Graph

As APIs become more complex, it can be easy to accidentally break connections. To prevent this, Speedscale can automatically detect and make you aware of inbound and outbound transactions running through APIs in our API Dependency Graph. The Traffic Viewer dashboard makes this information visible to independent teams working on different services. In most organizations this information is usually only known by senior engineers, team leads, and architects.

onpage

How to Structure an IT Help Desk

Managed service providers (MSPs) need an IT help desk to address and answer the technical questions of clients. In the modern MSP environment, the IT help desk is the primary source of contact between customers and knowledgeable, responsive support personnel. Successful help desks are customer oriented and encourage clients to report IT incidents when they occur.

graylog

Bolster OT Security with Graylog

Anyone tracking the evolution of the IT industry is probably familiar with the concept of Industry 4.0. Essentially, it describes the process by which traditional industrial tasks become both digitized and continually managed in an IT-like fashion via modern technologies like cloud computing, digital twins, Internet of Things (IoT) sensorization, and artificial intelligence/machine learning.

hitachi vantara

Enter the World of Automated Data Management and Governance with Hitachi's Lumada Data Catalog

The era of manual data management and governance is rapidly coming to a close. The size of the trove of data at nearly every company has become so enormous that it cannot be maintained using manual cleaning, cataloging, governance and search methods. The release of Lumada Data Catalog 6.1 breaks new ground in automating data management, cleaning and governance processes, making it easier to find data and grant access to those who need it.

sumologic

Sumo Logic Red Hat Marketplace Operator

Red Hat OpenShift is an open source container application platform that incorporates a collection of software that enables developers the ability to run an entire Kubernetes environment. It includes streamlined workflows to help teams get to production faster and is tested with dozens of technologies while providing a robust tightly-integrated platform supported over a 9-year lifecycle.

Snowflake Data Marketplace In Action: Solving Real-World Problems with Public Data

Meet 3 data practitioners who used Snowflake Data Marketplace to answer interesting questions with public data - and gained real benefits for their companies and careers. Snowflake Data Marketplace allows data analysts, data scientists, and data engineers to access more than 650 live, ready-to-query data sets from more than 175 third-party data providers and data service providers.
stackify

The Top 5 Node.js Performance Measurement Metrics

Using Node.js as a JavasScript runtime has its advantages. However, it requires significant maintenance to keep it working as expected. Here are the top metrics you should monitor for Node.js performance measurement analysis. Application programming interfaces or APIs that use the Node.js runtime environment are scalable. Node.js is asynchronous and event-driven, which means the application can handle multiple connections at the same time.

moogsoft

Monthly Moo Update | September 2021

This has been quite the summer to remember as we continue to witness our customers achieve remarkable efficiencies through automation such as deep integrations with change pipelines to suppress alerts during maintenance windows and correlating alerts to create incidents with dynamic and evolving descriptions that dramatically improve Incident management processes.

opsani

Rushing Back to the Office or Do You Prefer Remote Work?

Just as vaccines came into the picture and some hope in this pandemic, new coronavirus cases started to emerge. In San Francisco, for instance, where mask mandates were lifted, and life was starting to feel more normal again, it feels as though we are now regressing. People are struggling to cope. It feels as though we’ve just gone from one variant with high transmissibility back down to another even worse than before.

sauce labs

Better Together: Why You Should Leverage Emulators and Simulators for Web App Testing

The mobile vs. desktop battle for web supremacy is neck and neck, and mobile has the advantage. Mobile devices now account for about half of all web traffic worldwide, a figure that’s expected to rise to nearly 75%—or over 3.7 billion people—by 2025. Websites that are difficult to use, buggy, or slow to load on mobile devices are bad for business.

dreamfactory

How to Build a Successful Microservices Architecture

As technology becomes more complex and integrated, many organizations are assessing how their architectures will best support their business into the future. One such architecture – Microservices is becoming an increasingly popular choice amongst forward thinking technology departments. A microservices architecture may be the key to unlocking your business’s potential, but how do you get there?

instana

Instana AutoTrace: Fully Embracing OpenTelemetry

In my last blog post, I talked about the history and rapid adoption of the OpenTelemetry project. Today we discuss the progress made in terms of end-to-end compatibility between distributed tracing with OpenTelemetry and Instana AutoTrace, and how we are embracing OpenTelemetry as a first-class citizen in Instana.

civo

Civo update - August 2021

Welcome to the Civo update for August 2021. It's was a busy month, with the big news being the launch of Civo Academy: A full Kubernetes learning program consisting of over 50 videos created in-house by the team here at Civo. We also kicked off the Civo DevOps Bootcamp! The first few live stream installments have been a huge success, helping developers at any stage of their career learn more about DevOps fundamentals.

tigera

Calico integration with WireGuard using kOps

It has been a while since I have been excited to write about encrypted tunnels. It might be the sheer pain of troubleshooting old technologies, or countless hours of falling down the rabbit hole of a project’s source code, that always motivated me to pursue a better alternative (without much luck). However, I believe luck is finally on my side.

N-able

Secure your clients and prevent churn with a canary

Many people are familiar with the stories of coal miners using canaries to detect carbon monoxide and other toxic gases as a warning system for when they should evacuate. Even though cybersecurity is far removed from coal mining, it has an equivalent “canary in the coal mine” that takes the form of indicators of compromise, or IoC for short. So why should an MSP be concerned with looking for IoCs?

xplenty

Spark vs. Tez: What's the Difference?

Let's get started with this great debate. First, a step back; we’ve pointed out that Apache Spark and Hadoop MapReduce are two different Big Data beasts. The former is a high-performance in-memory data-processing framework, and the latter is a mature batch-processing platform for the petabyte scale. We also know that Apache Hive and HBase are two very different tools with similar functions. Hive is a SQL-like engine that runs MapReduce jobs, while HBase is a NoSQL key/value database on Hadoop.

snowflake

Data Science: The Future of Corporate Finance

Corporate finance must change. Across industries, an organization’s Finance team should shed light on what’s happening today with revenue and other financial indicators, while also predicting what the future may hold. And they must do the same for the entire organization. Until recently, it would have been impossible to meet these expectations. Excel-driven forecasting requires herculean efforts to wrangle data and report numbers by the end of each quarter.

motadata

4 Benefits of Integrating Service Desk with Endpoint Management System

A service desk is the focal point of an IT organization to render services, and the quality of its services determines the perception of being a valuable part of the organization. The ongoing transition of businesses to adopt cloud infrastructure has forced IT organizations to modernize their service desks, which include vendors adopting cloud capability and smart automation powered by AI.

auvik

What's in a Name? "Network Specialist" vs. "Network Engineer"

The meanings behind job titles can be an elusive thing in that they might only make sense to the people actually in the roles. Take networking jobs. It’s pretty common for people to think some titles can be used interchangeably, and that depending on where you work, a job may have a different name. In some cases, even IT professionals believe that the network specialist vs engineer are jobs are really the same responsibilities.

dashbird

Serverless observability and real-time debugging with Dashbird

Systems run into problems all the time. To keep things running smoothly, we need to have an error monitoring and logging system to help us discover and resolve whatever issue that may arise as soon as possible. The bigger the system the more challenging it becomes to monitor it and pinpoint the issue. And with serverless systems with 100s of services running concurrently, monitoring and troubleshooting are even more challenging tasks.

Nastel

Integration Infrastructure Management is the New Black

Information Technology (IT) has moved through many clearly defined eras. I don’t feel the need to list them all, but the latest one clearly is the move from discrete computers to virtualized software-configured environments, that we all colloquially call “the cloud”. And with each technological generation, we have improved the methods we use to integrate discrete modules of technology, and increased the level of automation.

exoprise

Facilitate DevOps Monitoring with Synthetics and RUM

DevOps is a common name in the technology household. Teams, small or big, are embracing this concept to deliver applications faster, improve software quality, and add efficiency in the development process from the very beginning. Shortening the feedback loop leads to a cost-effective way for businesses to find and fix defects earlier in the cycle process. Plus, it lowers the software failure rate in production and minimizes time wastage for the development team.

ziniosedge

The Impact of Internet of Things (IoT) in the Retail Industry

Internet Of Things has always played a significant role in the retail industry, stocking and warehousing. And its value is projected to rise from USD 14.5 billion in 2020 to USD 35.5 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 19.6% The term Internet of Things was coined by Kevin Ashton when he was faced with a challenge in logistics and supply chain management while he co-founded the MIT Auto-CAD centre.

cloudfabrix

Robotic Data Automation (RDA): Reducing Costs and Improving Efficiencies of Your Log Management Investment

People’s involvement has been inevitable with log management despite advancements in ITOps. Log management at a high level collects and indexes all your application and system log files so that you can search through them quickly. It also lets you define rules based on log patterns so that you can get alerts when an anomaly occurs. Log management analytics solution leveraging RDA has been able to detect anomalies and aid predictive models over a machine learning layer.

octoperf

Dynatrace integration with JMeter

Dynatrace is a cloud monitoring platform and is used by many organisations to measure the performance of their production systems and to set thresholds against which performance tolerance are measured. During testing Dynatrace can be used to monitor how the application under test responds during your performance tests as well as providing the capability to drill down into performance issues you may need to investigate.

testsigma

An exhaustive list of the most popular cross-browser testing tools

Cross Browser Testing is one of the most growing needs for software development companies today. Reasons being – i. The penetration of the internet in almost every aspect of life ii. A large number of mobile devices are being manufactured and being used, all around the world. Thus, a mobile app needs to support a large number of devices. At least, the ones that their customers might be using. iii.

rookout

It's Time To Turn On The Light With Dynamic Log Verbosity

As we recently discussed, many of us are still lost in the darkness, grasping for a log line to shed some light on the issue we are trying to troubleshoot. Many of our customers and colleagues have shared the following challenges with us: But what if we didn’t have to make such a choice? What if we could easily and efficiently switch on exactly the logs we needed, without hurting our application?

canonical

Model-driven observability: Taming alert storms

In the first post of this series, we covered the general idea and benefits of model-driven observability with Juju. In the second post, we dived into the Juju topology and its benefits with respect to entity stability and metrics continuity. In this post, we discuss how the Juju topology enables grouping and management of alerts, helps prevent alert storms, and how that relates with SRE practices.

opmantek

How To Leave Work At 5 PM: Visibility, Event Management & Automation

As organizations manage increasingly interdependent network infrastructure in an increasingly chaotic world, how can you, as a Network Operations professional, maintain control of your network without losing control of your time? The answers are: network visibility, flexible event management, and powerful automation. All of this is possible within Opmantek’s network management platform.

The Fast & The Foolproof: Automation & Observability For DevOps

When software teams are charged with delivering higher quality software, faster - how do you effectively enable collaboration and observability while eliminating risk and manual processes? In this webinar, Ali Sardar from JFrog and Rob Jahn from Dynatrace will address how to overcome these challenges and unlock speed, observability, and automation across your DevOps lifecycle. In addition to best practices shared by our speakers, you will also see both products in action - meeting the critical needs of development and operations teams.

Query your nginx/envoy/syslog logs easier and way faster with the new Grafana Loki pattern parser.

Loki 2.3 introduces the pattern parser. Patterns are way simpler to write than Regex. As an added bonus, it's an order of magnitudes faster than the Loki regex parser. This means that you can now query way more semi-structured logs (nginx/envoy/syslog and more) in less time than before.

Ledger Bennett delivers a superior data app experience with ThoughtSpot Everywhere

Ledger Bennett is a B2B demand generation agency that uses sales and marketing know-how to help customers increase revenue. Learn how Ledger Bennett is leveraging ThoughtSpot Everywhere to give both developers and customers the best data app experience, and why they are completely retiring Tableau in the process.
appian

Automation isn't just for large enterprises: Here's why SMBs should adopt low-code automation

When you hear buzz words such as ‘Automation’, ‘Low-code’, ‘RPA’, or ‘Hyperautomation’, you may think it’s only reserved for the big-wigs or billion-dollar enterprises. Well, think again! If there’s one thing the last year has taught us, it’s the need to innovate, adapt, and rapidly conform to the changing landscape among organizations of all sizes in order to survive the turbulent climate.

grafana

Introducing the Honeycomb plugin for Grafana

Over the years, we’ve heard many versions of the same familiar story: large businesses struggling with observability data living in several different systems. At Grafana Labs, our “big tent” philosophy is based on the belief that our users should determine their own observability strategy and choose their own tools. Grafana allows them to bring together and understand all their data, no matter where it lives.

epsagon

Hitchhiker's guide to Prometheus (Part 1)

Monitoring is a crucial component of modern distributed applications. It helps administrators stay up-to-date with the current state and performance of their applications, as well as with their application infrastructure and environments. Integrating a monitoring pipeline is a major requirement for cloud-native applications that run in complex and dynamic clusters with a lot of moving parts affecting application availability and performance.

cloudzero

10 Kubernetes Architecture Best Practices You Should Be Following

Looking to optimize your Kubernetes architecture? While the word “Kubernetes” translates to “helmsman” (i.e., someone who steers a ship), Kubernetes ultimately functions more like an orchestra conductor than a ship captain. Kubernetes (also known as K8s) simplifies the process of orchestrating containers for engineers . This frees engineering up to focus on innovation, reduce time-to-market, and optimize cloud spend.

xplenty

The Importance of CDC for ETL

The growth of corporate data and the need for more corporate applications and systems are not trends that will soon slow down. Data has become an essential component of commercial success and a measure of the value of a company. Investing in platforms, processes, and people that can effectively protect, transform, and leverage data is the hallmark of a modern data-driven enterprise.

iguazio

Using Automated Model Management for CPG Trade Success

CPG executives invest billions of dollars in trade and consumer promotion investments every year, spending as much as 15-20% of their total annual revenues on these initiatives. However, studies show that less than 72% of these promotions don’t break even and 59% of them fail. Despite these troubling statistics, most CPG organizations continue to design and execute essentially the same promotions year after year with negligible hope of obtaining sustained ROI.

PagerDuty Integration Spotlight: Teleport

Just-in-time System Access and Role Escalation. Teleport provides secure access for cloud applications and infrastructure that doesn’t get in the way. When implementing strict zero-trust rules you sometimes need to escalate and elevate privileges. By leveraging PagerDuty, you are able to alert the request and approve or deny system access. Using PagerDuty’s schedule feature, you are able to dynamically assign administrative privileges based on who’s on call. This greatly reduces the scope of access. Teleport and PagerDuty together provide security best practices that are easy to enforce.

How Developers Can Benefit from Observability | IAmDevloper and Splunk's Mark Woods

DevOps teams have felt pressure from all sides to innovate faster and keep services reliable. The growing complexity of applications and cloud infrastructure create more challenges for everyone, but the tools that developers and SRE teams require have been disconnected - keeping everyone from working as an efficient team. IAmDevloper and Splunk’s Chief Technical Advisor EMEA, Mark Woods discuss how observability can help break down silos and promote agility.
servicenow

ServiceNow partners with Intel, Volteo to provide EaaS, Edge to Service Solutions

Data is at the heart of every business today. But if we don’t understand the data or if the data isn’t accessible, it doesn’t do us much good. More important than the data itself is having the right data in the hands of the right people who can execute at the right time. This need has given rise to edge computing, which helps businesses glean insights from data by processing it as close to the source as possible.

solarwinds

How the Pandemic Impacted the Government's Cloud Migration Plans

“Cloud-first” has been a government imperative for many years, but the pandemic usurped this strategy, making “cloud-now” a priority. The results have been transformational. The cloud made wide-scale government telework possible, but it’s also given agencies the opportunity to test drive new cloud applications and experience the scalability and security benefits first-hand.

hitachi vantara

Fixing Ransomware First Requires That We Fix Security

Ransomware has become a familiar front page news topic thanks to recent high-profile attacks against a major meat producer and an East Coast operator of a critical oil pipeline. Also, consider the attack on a provider of software tools to IT outsourcing shops that let hackers paralyze hundreds of businesses on all five continents. No doubt the ransomware threat is serious, and now Washington is mobilizing to wipe out a scourge it formerly treated only as a criminal nuisance.

Torq

Automating Identity Lifecycle Management

The identification of every user making a request to a given system is vital to ensuring that action is only taken by, and information only returned to, those who need it. This happens in two steps: first, the requester is identified (authenticated), and then that identity is used to determine which parts of the application they are allowed to access.

pagerduty

Has the firefighting stopped? The effect of COVID-19 on on-call engineers

With digital becoming the primary channel for work, education, shopping, and entertainment in the last 18 months, it’s no surprise that workloads for technical teams and on-call engineers have increased. Data from PagerDuty’s inaugural platform insights report, The State of Digital Operations, highlights this reality. As of July 2021, the average number of events managed daily by PagerDuty is 37 million, with 61,000 of those being critical incidents.

dreamfactory

8 Tips for Optimizing an API

Using APIs allows companies to harness the power of modern connectivity to help them expand their global reach, transfer data, and improve integration. Although APIs enable businesses to simplify processes and enhance usability, they can use some optimization strategies to improve performance. If you plan to use APIs or consider using an API provider, try using these tips to help make the processes optimized to get the most out of them.

xplenty

How Do I Configure SFTP?

Data integration is an essential practice for organizations that want to make better use of all the information at their fingertips. But how do you actually send data from one or more sources to a centralized repository, like a data warehouse? For many businesses, the answer is SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol). But what is SFTP, exactly, and how do you configure SFTP to securely transfer files? Keep reading for all the answers about SFTP configuration.

k6

How to Perform Load Testing with k6 using Google Cloud Build

In this tutorial, we will look into how to integrate performance testing in your development process with Google Cloud Build and k6. k6 is an open-source load testing tool for testing the performance of APIs, microservices, and websites. Developers use k6 to test a system's performance under a particular load to catch performance regressions or errors.

dreamfactory

How to Integrate Third-Party APIs Into Your Marketo Campaigns

With its comprehensive functionality and real-time data, Marketo is the leading marketing automation platform. However, it doesn’t integrate with every application out there which means that the full value of the platform is often not realised by many users. If you need data from a third-party API, here’s how to get it into your Marketo campaigns, ensuing that you successfully integrate third-party APIs.

SigNoz Community Call - August 2021

SigNoz is an open source alternative to DataDog, New Relic. In this community call, we discuss how the technical architecture in detail and how data flows in the backend services. We also discuss steps on how we can make SigNoz more performant including ways to benchmark performance at different loads. We hold a community call in the last/second last Saturday of every month.
Nastel

DevOps' Problem with Speed-to-Market Explained: IBM MQ, Multi-Middleware Role in Deploying New Applications & Updates

If your organization is frustrated with how long it takes to roll out new applications and updates, they are not alone. Speed-to-market is an obsession at many companies today (see call-out box below), so anything that restricts or slows it down is a problem.

Nastel

Artificial Intelligence will be the commander of the future wars

Artificial intelligence is one of several hot technologies that have the potential to transform the face of combat in the next years. The Joint Artificial intelligence Center was established by the Department of Defense to win the artificial intelligence war. AI might enable autonomous systems to execute missions, achieve sensor fusion, automate activities, and make better, faster judgments than people, according to some visions. AI is quickly developing, and those objectives may be met shortly.

coralogix

Logging Best Practices: Knowing What to Log

First of all, don’t ask this! Instead of asking what to log, we should start by asking “what questions do we want to answer?” Then, we can determine which data needs to be logged in order to best answer these questions. Once a question comes up, we can answer it using only the data and knowledge that we have on hand. In emergent situations such as an unforeseen system failure, we cannot change the system to log new data to answer questions about the current state of the system.

testsigma

When should automation of cross-browser testing be done?

We all know that if we are developing something that runs on the web using browsers then cross-browser testing needs to be done. There is another variation of cross-browser testing – cross-device testing. If we have an application that is supposed to work on a device and is used by a set of people who may be using multiple devices then cross-device testing is needed.

How to do Continuous Performance Testing with Lee Barnes (k6 Office Hours #26)

In this episode of k6 Office Hours, Nicole is joined by Lee Barnes, founder and CTO of Utopia Solutions, to discuss how to do continuous performance testing and incorporate performance tests into CI/CD pipelines within DevOps or Agile frameworks. Performance testing should be done at every stage of the software development cycle.
datadog

Deploy ASP.NET Core applications to Azure App Service

The ASP.NET Core framework provides cross-platform support for web development, giving you greater control over how you build and deploy your.NET applications. With the ability to run.NET applications on more platforms, you need to ensure that you have visibility into application performance, regardless of where your applications are hosted. In previous posts, we looked at instrumenting and monitoring a.NET application deployed via Docker and AWS Fargate.

ziniosedge

Migration to Microservice Architecture: A guide

The software design is perhaps the most important aspect that directly influences the ability to scale up, workload performance, the availability of the software, and the longevity of the software itself. It is also important to understand that traditional monolithic designs are still usable and widely used to fulfil many everyday goals. However, now we have a different problem. With the rapid growth of digital services , virtualization services, and an increasing dependency on cloud-based services

kong

Celebrating Four Years of Kong Inc.

What a year we have had! Hypergrowth, a huge community, and lots of recognition. But what we are most proud of is how Kong’s technology has impacted the world, thanks to our users. We can’t thank these users and the community enough for making Kong the most adopted open source API gateway out there. In fact, our technology just crossed 30,000+ stars on Github . And with over 2M instances and more than 257M downloads our OSS community has more than doubled over the last year.

spike

New feature: Templates for Incident Management

At Spike.sh , we are obsessed with making incident management more accessible to dev teams everywhere. With this goal in mind, we are always looking for ways to reduce the friction while setting up the Spike.sh platform. When we saw customers asking our advice for creating effective on-call schedules and escalations, we knew we had to do more than just good documentation - we needed a way to share best practices with our customers in the product itself.

grafana

Grafana Tempo 1.1 released: New hedged requests reduce latency by 45%

Grafana Tempo 1.1 has been released, and like our major version suggests, there are no breaking changes. If you’d like, please check out the release notes . But if you find that release notes can sometimes be difficult to decode, fret not! All the highlights are below.

martello

Proactive Microsoft 365 & Microsoft Teams Service Delivery Monitoring for Enterprise IT & MSPs

Providing an effective service – especially in a world with constantly evolving needs – goes beyond standard operating hours. Imagine if a bank only kept your investments secure while they were ‘open’ during their hours of standard operation? Issues can arise at any time and having effective service delivery monitoring and support for enterprise’s IT teams and managed service providers is critical.

canonical

DataOps: keeping the data flowing with Model-driven Operations

If you’ve ever lived DataOps, you’ll know that it’s a challenge at the best of times. A day in the life of a typical data engineering team involves securing, releasing, debugging and stabilising complex and oftentimes fragile data pipelines. These pipelines can involve many source applications and intermediaries, and troubleshooting them under management pressure when it’s all going wrong is stressful.

eg innovations

Improving Web Page Load Time

HTTP/2 (originally named HTTP/2.0) was a major revision of the HTTP network protocol used by the World Wide Web published in 2015. Indeed, those in the Citrix/EUC ecosystem may remember Marius Sandbu investigating the benefits of HTTP/2 for NetScaler, Microsoft IIS, and Storefront users back in 2015/6. HTTP/2 was the first new version of HTTP since HTTP/1.1, which itself was standardized in RFC 2068 in 1997.

cloudzero

What Is Cloud Scalability? 4 Benefits For Every Organization

One of the major benefits of choosing the cloud over on-premise architecture is the ability to easily and quickly scale — but what does scalability mean in cloud computing? If your business is in the process of growing, it’s important to know your technology options so you can make informed decisions on how to scale. In this article, we cover scalability in cloud computing and its benefits.

xplenty

What is the Best Way to Move My Data Securely?

Moving data from an organization’s systems into data warehouses and data lakes are essential to fuel business intelligence and analytics tools. These insights guide businesses into making decisions backed by data, allowing them to choose actions that have the best chance of positive growth. However, getting data from the source systems to these data stores can be a harrowing process.

sisu

What to do about dashboard burnout in your company

Today, far more members of a given organization are interfacing with data and using business intelligence (BI) tools than just a few years ago. It would be great if all that access translated to actionable info – and better long-term business outcomes – but for many companies, it doesn’t. The problem isn’t that there’s “too much data” (I’d argue there’s no such thing).

Integrating Agile Requirements Designer with BlazeMeter

This video shows how you can use new functionality in Agile Requirements Designer 3.2 to integrate with scriptless functional testing in BlazeMeter. You can use test assets recorded in BlazeMeter to build test automation into your ARD flows, and you can export the generated paths in the model to test cases that you can run in BlazeMeter.
circonus

Applying Advanced vs. Basic Monitoring Techniques

Complex architectures, pressures to deploy faster, and demand for optimal performance have placed greater strain on monitoring teams and as a result, an increasing number are looking to implement more advanced monitoring techniques. Part of the initial challenge around this is understanding what advanced monitoring techniques actually are. In this article, I help clarify this by differentiating basic and advanced monitoring, with examples on how each would be applied to Postgres monitoring.

testlio

Five best practices for how to test payment gateway functionality

Errors in payment gateway functionality have enormous potential to derail the relationship between consumer and vendor. Customers expect seamless, functional transactions without confusing messages or complicated steps. They expect security, privacy, and safeguards against over or underpayment. Any misstep in the payment process can lead to abandoned shopping carts, deleted apps, and consumer frustration. The best way to ensure payment functionality is with a clear payment gateway testing strategy.

circleci

Deploying your Gradle Build Cache Node using GCP

This tutorial is a follow-up to TurboCharging your Android Gradle builds using build cache . The key focus of this post is the remote build cache, a build speed acceleration technology that can be implemented for both local and CI builds. This is a technology worth knowing about because: Gradle provides a build cache node available as a Docker image. You can host this image in a number of ways.

Free ITSM webinar from IT expert Vawns Murphy | ITSM in the next normal

Watch this webinar on how to deliver effective services in the next normal, and learn about: The COVID-19 crisis completely changed our world. From an IT perspective, we’ve all had to change our ways of working, and will continue to evolve as everyone adjusts to the next normal. From a service desk and ITSM perspective, this will mean supporting colleagues in different ways, embracing new technology, and having plans in place for future lockdowns and supply-chain issues.
Nastel

How To Begin The Digital Transformation Process In Marketing And Communications

The year 2020 proved that we need to “adapt” to the unknown, the “new normal” and the constant transformation of what would become a new state of living — one that meant being “displaced” and personally disconnected. If the global Covid-19 pandemic taught us a lesson, it was that we could incorporate new ways of living by self-isolating yet maintaining social integration via a digital presence.

Legacy Vendors Beware: OpsRamp Aims to Transform Cloud Operations with New Self-Service Solution

The company is disrupting the age-old approach of selecting and deploying IT operations management software, which for years has required heavy proofs of concept and long buying cycles, with a solution that allows IT operators to sign up and begin monitoring cloud environments in a matter of minutes.
gremlin

Podcast: Break Things on Purpose | Carmen Saenz, Senior DevOps Engineer at Apex Clearing

This week Ana sits down with Carmen Saenz, Senior DevOps Enginner at Apex Clearing and PhD student at DePaul University in Chicago, sits down this week to talk about her history in engineering. She brings to the table some anecdotes about her own time engineering chaos. Carmen goes into detail about the early days of chaos engineering and her work there, going from on-prem to the cloud, how she is always learning, her passion for teaching and more.

solarwinds

Indexes Matter-How Poor Index Management Can Ruin Query Performance

Ideally, database queries use the fewest possible resources: time, memory, bandwidth, etc. Lower resource consumption maps to better query performance. To find relevant data in a table, a database query relies on lookup operations, and a table index can help a query efficiently find the table values it needs. With an efficient, well-designed table index, a database query can find the table data it needs, avoiding the need to "scan"—or search through—all the table data.

solarwinds

What Is End-User Monitoring and Why It's Critical for Your Business

End-user experience monitoring is a practice designed to track user behavior or actions while interacting with a website or web application. The data gathered by end-user experience monitoring helps measure the impact of website and device performance on the end user’s journey. A meaningful end-user experience can help improve the enterprise’s operational efficiency, troubleshooting processes, employee productivity, and overall business value.

kong

Service Mesh 101: The Role of Envoy

If you’ve done any reading about service meshes, you’ve probably come across mentions of an open source project named Envoy. And if you’ve done any reading about Envoy, you’ve probably seen references to service meshes. How are these two technologies related? How are they different? Do they work together? I’ll attempt to answer all those questions in this blog post’s first and second parts, plus possibly a few more.

testsigma

Test Orchestration: What is it?

We’re sure you’ve heard your DevOps team often talk about test orchestration. This testing approach has quickly become a crucial element of test automation because it streamlines the automation process. For agile teams, applying test orchestration to their testing strategy is quite rewarding as it accelerates testing and offers a holistic view of the testing process.

influxdata

New Bucket Schema Option Can Protect You From Unwanted Schema Changes

One of the best things about getting started with InfluxDB over traditional relational databases is the fact that you don’t need to pre-define your schema in order to write data. This means you can create a bucket and write data in seconds, which can be pretty powerful to developers who care way more about the application they’re building than the mechanics of storing the data.

keboola

What is data ingestion?

We rely on advanced data platforms that extract data from multiple sources, clean it, and save it so data scientists and analysts can gain insights from data. Data seems to flow seamlessly from one location to another, supporting our data-driven decision-making. The entire system runs smoothly because the engineering operations under the hood are correctly set and maintained.

cloudera

Apache Ozone Powers Data Science in CDP Private Cloud

Apache Ozone is a scalable distributed object store that can efficiently manage billions of small and large files. Ozone natively provides Amazon S3 and Hadoop Filesystem compatible endpoints in addition to its own native object store API endpoint and is designed to work seamlessly with enterprise scale data warehousing, machine learning and streaming workloads. The object store is readily available alongside HDFS in CDP (Cloudera Data Platform) Private Cloud Base 7.1.3+.

The evolution of Chaos Engineering and Litmus Chaos - Civo Online Meetup #12

Let's learn about Chaos Engineering! We'll be joined by Karthik Satchitanand, co-founder of Litmus Chaos to discuss why chaos testing is seen as a must for Cloud-Native practitioners in 2021, and how the introduction of LitmusChaos 2.0 evolves chaos engineering further. Civo's Saiyam Pathak will also be looking at chaos terminology and white paper run-through. Register now and don't forget to leave a question for the team - we'll answer the best ones on air.
thoughtspot

The top 10 books every data and analytics leader must read

In the final episode of season two of The Data Chief podcast, we talk with authors of four must-read books for data and analytics leaders — two new and two time-tested. As you invest in your continuous learning, here is the full round up of the latest top books I recommend for today’s data and analytics leaders.

thundra

How to Scale While Avoiding CI Pitfalls

Moving quickly while also maintaining high quality and availability is a balancing act that is hard to maintain but essential to the success of any software development lifecycle. Many teams today are using DevOps techniques to keep their development process fast without losing the quality and availability their users expect. CI/CD is at the center of this DevOps practice, serving as the essential bridge between your development and operations teams.

aternity

Hybrid Work Calls for Advanced Remote Management of Employee Devices

The most recent version of the Aternity Global Remote Work Productivity Tracker shows persistent remote work across all industries and an aggressive move to newer generation device platforms that are key to remote employee productivity. The integration between Aternity and Intel Endpoint Management Assistant enable IT to reduce device incident resolution times by half with one-click access to out of band remote management of Intel vPro platform devices, directly from the Aternity dashboard.

loadero

Participant media can now be split up

With the growing demands for online communication platforms, the need for testing various scenarios has drastically increased. Therefore when testing WebRTC application implementations most of the time there is a need to provide a video and audio feed to the application to test various aspects of the functionality implementation. To address this need, Loadero was providing several preset audio and video feed configuration combinations.

scout

Datadog vs. New Relic vs. Scout

Application performance management is one of the essential steps that every business must complete to ensure that their products work as desired and give the best experience to the end-users. There are many tools for application management available in the market, but if you want to select the best one for your business, you would need to try out each tool one by one.

N-able

What Is DNS Blocking, and What Should You Know about DNS Security?

In the workplace, certain web pages can be a distraction for employee productivity—or worse, a disruption. If you’re a managed services provider (MSP), your customers may be interested in finding a way to control the types of websites their employees can access during the workday. One viable option for them to utilize is a DNS block to restrict access to certain web addresses on a given server. This article will help you understand what DNS block is, who uses it, and how it works.

servicenow

When it comes to IT asset discovery, a snapshot won't suffice

How clear, complete, and colorful is your IT asset data? Is it like the picture below, where you see only a small portion of the bigger picture to answer important questions about your IT estate? Without color, you’re missing even more context. You need better IT asset discovery. Having a snapshot provides a limited view. It lacks context and is like managing your IT assets in silos. It’s cumbersome, inefficient, and ineffective.

xplenty

What is REST API Design?

Modern business requires a range of digital components to communicate effectively when transferring data and delivering critical messages. Application programming interfaces, or APIs, are sets of rules that regulate exactly how certain apps or machines connect. If you work with data at all, you’ll have heard of REST or RESTful, and REST APIs — but what is REST API design? We explain below.

logicmonitor

What Will APM Look Like in the AIOps Era?

Historically, enterprise IT organizations have turned to application performance management (APM) systems to monitor and manage critical applications. However, throughout the world, enterprise organizations are suffering massive and systemic failures at an increasing rate. One of the main reasons these failures are increasing is that organizations aggressively seek to execute digital transformation initiatives.

grafana

What's new in Grafana Enterprise Metrics 1.5: Per-tenant usage metrics and a wildcard tenant for queries

We’re thrilled to announce the release of Grafana Enterprise Metrics (GEM) 1.5. While this release packs in a ton of enhancements and bug fixes, we’d like to dive into two particularly exciting features: per-tenant usage metrics and a wildcard tenant for queries.

kong

Kuma 1.3 and Kong Mesh 1.4 Released With Service Map, CA Rotation, mTLS Permissive and 10+ features.

We are happy to announce a new major release of Kuma, and a new major release of Kong Mesh built on Kuma! Kuma 1.3 ships with 10+ new features and countless improvements. Kong Mesh ships we enterprise capabilities for large scale service mesh deployments. We strongly suggest to upgrade, in order to take advantage of the latest and greatest when it comes to service mesh.

chaossearch

Troubleshooting Cloud Services and Infrastructure with Log Analytics

Troubleshooting cloud services and infrastructure is an ongoing challenge for organizations of all sizes. As organizations adopt more cloud services and their cloud environments grow more complex, they naturally produce more telemetry data – including application, system and security logs that document all types of events. All cloud services and infrastructure components generate their own, distinct logs.

splunk

How to Determine Whether an Error is Really an Error

There is nothing worse than waking up to an angry customer complaining that your website is failing to accept their payment at checkout. This may be worrying for some since payments not being processed can be equivalent to losing money; however with Tag Spotlight, this should be a relatively quick problem to dissect. The key question here is whether this is an issue that all our customers are facing or an isolated event.

bigquery

How Renault solved scaling and cost challenges on its Industrial Data platform using BigQuery and Dataflow

French multinational automotive manufacturer Renault Group has been investing in Industry 4.0 since the early days. A primary objective of this transformation has been to leverage manufacturing and industrial equipment data through a robust and scalable platform. Renault designed an industrial data acquisition layer and connected it to Google Cloud, using optimized big data products and services that together form Renault's Industrial Data Platform.

Monitoring in BigQuery

Want to ensure that your BigQuery environment stays cost effective and secure? In this episode of BigQuery Spotlight, we’ll examine how monitoring your data warehouse can optimize costs, help you pinpoint which queries need to be optimized, and audit both data-sharing and access. Watch to learn how BigQuery gives you the flexibility to export any of these data sources back into your data warehouse for custom reporting.
perforce

Secure Collaboration for Chip Design in Cloud Environments

Earlier this year, Perforce hosted the Embedded DevOps Summit, exploring solutions to modern challenges in the planning, development, and testing stages of embedded software. As part of this event, Warren Savage, Visiting Researcher at the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS) at the University of Maryland, presented Secure Collaboration in Cloud-Based Chip Design Environments.

How To Transfer Flat Files Using SFTP With Xplenty

What is SFTP and What Does It Stand For? SFTP is a network protocol for securely transferring, accessing, and managing files on a remote computer. The SFTP protocol is intended as a more secure alternative to the traditional FTP protocol. The term SFTP stands for SSH File Transfer Protocol, where SSH is a cryptographic protocol that allows clients and servers to connect remotely. The files that you send or receive using SFTP are protected by SSH encryption in transit. This added layer of security means that SFTP is preferable to FTP in the vast majority of cases.
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Securing VMware Tanzu Mission Control with Access Policies

If you haven’t had a chance to check out VMware Tanzu Mission Control, you’re missing out on one of the greatest tools available to manage Kubernetes. However, it’s not just for managing one cluster; rather, it delivers “fleet-wide” management with a focus on policy. Policy management is powerful because it enables us to, for example, limit access to certain users or prohibit pulls from specific container registries.

How to build a data-driven company

Whether you’re at an enterprise tech giant or grassroots startup, building a data-driven foundation is crucial for a business. So, where do you start? In this on-demand webinar, Rehgan Avon, CEO of Women in Analytics discusses last month's WIA Conference. She shares the special fireside chat where Falon Donohue, Partner at Narya VC, interviewed Berit Hoffmann, Sisu Chief Product Officer. They discuss what it takes to build a data-driven company and address a number of thought-provoking audience questions.
instana

The SRE Guide to Hyper-Resilient Hyperscale for Cloud-Native Applications

Enterprises are putting more focus on high availability for their cloud applications and services. Enterprise Observability is a foundational element of hyper-resiliency in the cloud. Learn why. SREs are paid to ensure that their DevOps procedures produce quality software and meet operational Service Level Objectives (SLOs) for cloud applications. It’s not easy; and as the popularity of containerized cloud-based microservices grows, the challenges increase. One solution is hyperscale.

hitachi vantara

Speed the Path to Vastly More Data Insights With Pentaho 9.2 and DataOps

In our modern world, accelerating the process of extracting insights from data is a complex challenge. Exacerbating this task are colossal data volumes, the expansion and use of multiple cloud platforms, and the increasing demands for self-service in a way that maintains compliance. Enterprises attempting to tackle the problem encounter various forms of friction everywhere they turn.

sisu

Is the modern analytics stack unbundling, or consolidating?

Despite a recent proliferation of tools in the modern data stack, it’s unclear whether we’re seeing an unbundling of data tooling into many separate layers, or the first steps towards consolidation of data tools. The answer has a huge impact on end users of modern analytics. Architecturally, modern data stacks look much different than they did even five years ago.

jfrog

Scanning Dependencies in your sources using JFrog CLI and Xray

Security vulnerabilities and license violations should be found as early as possible and the earlier in the SDLC , the better. As part of the “ Shift Left ” vision, JFrog CLI and Xray now allow scanning dependencies directly from sources , on-demand, using a simple command line. This functionality allows benefiting from the same JFrog Xray vulnerability and license scanning capabilities, even before deployment to JFrog Artifactory.

snowflake

The Journey to Processing PII in the Data Cloud

During the process of turning data into insights, the most compelling data often comes with an added responsibility—the need to protect the people whose lives are caught up in that data. Plenty of data sets include sensitive information, and it’s the duty of every organization, down to each individual, to ensure that sensitive information is handled appropriately.

interlink

Interlink Software secures a place on Constellation Research's ShortList for Using Artificial Intelligence in IT Operations.

Interlink Software’s capabilities have been gaining a good deal of industry analyst recognition in recent months. We’re pleased to announce yet more recognition; Interlink has been included on Constellation Research ShortList™ for“Using Artificial Intelligence in IT Operations (AIOps)”, Q3 2021.

Nastel

Microservices Without Observability Is Madness

As I said before, Speed is King. Business requirements for applications and architecture change all the time, driven by changes in customer needs, competition, and innovation and this only seems to be accelerating. Application developers must not be the blocker to business. We need business changes at the speed of life, not at the speed of software development.

datadog

Monitor Conviva with Datadog

Conviva is a platform that helps businesses gain real-time insight into the overall performance and playback quality of their streaming video content. With video streaming workflows, slow start-up times and playback errors can hinder user experience and ultimately drive customers away. With Conviva, you can view key Quality of Experience (QoE) metrics, including video playback failures, rebuffering ratios, and other business-critical data to help monitor and enhance your viewer experience.

Wind River and Intel Collaborate on Leading 5G vRAN Solution for FlexRAN

Wind River today announced that the companies are jointly developing a 5G vRAN solution that integrates Intel® FlexRAN reference software for systems fueled by 3rd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors with built-in AI acceleration, and also features Intel® Ethernet 800 Network Adapters and the Intel vRAN Dedicated Accelerator ACC100 in concert with Wind River Studio.
jfrog

The More the Merrier: Multi-Arch Docker Manifests with Buildx and Artifactory

The cloud native promise to be able to “build once, deploy anywhere” is nearly fulfilled. With containerization and Docker , we can build our applications and services for any environment, and set configuration at runtime. Well,… almost. Operating systems and apps still need to be compiled to execute on specific architecture types. Your software that’s been compiled for an AMD64 processor can’t run on an ARM-based machine, nor can one built for Linux run on Windows.

servicenow

Moving communications service providers beyond traditional telecom

Communications service providers (CSPs) have been at the forefront of the pandemic, helping customers and entire industries make critical transformations almost overnight. When education, healthcare delivery methods, and supply chains were interrupted, CSPs stepped up and provided digital work environments and automations that became lifelines. Now, CSPs are laying the foundation for even more.

derdack

Call Handling - Relieve the burden of your service desk and on-call staff

These days, I keep encountering inquiries from various customers on the topic of call handling. Due to the current transformation, triggered by the increased use of home offices, it is becoming more and more important to make on-call staff more accessible. Often the already overloaded service desk is used for this purpose. Of course, this leads to a) a deterioration in the quality of the service desk and b) delays between the receipt of the problem and the start of problem resolution.

influxdata

Getting Started with C# and InfluxDB

This post was written by James Hickey. Scroll below for full bio and picture following this article. Time series databases (TSDBs) can transform the way you handle streams of data in real time or IoT applications. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to set one up in a C# application. Relational databases have their place. They’re great at things like data normalization, avoiding duplication, indexing over specific data points (like columns), and handling atomic changes to the schema.

overops

The 7 Undeniable Benefits of Implementing Automated Alerting

What is the ultimate alerting strategy to make sure your alerts are meaningful and not just noise? Production monitoring is critical for your application’s success, we know that. But how can you be sure that the right information is getting to the right people? Automating the monitoring process can only be effective when actionable information gets to the right person. The answer is automated alerting.

opmantek

Discovery to Monitoring, Automatic & On Your Terms

So you have this great discovery and auditing tool called Open-AudIT and you also have an amazing monitoring tool called NMIS . How can you automatically take your discovered devices and have NMIS monitor them…and why would you want to? With version 4.2.0 of Open-AudIT, we have re-implemented Integrations in an extremely easy-to-use yet extremely configurable way.

pagerduty

What's new: Updates to Event Intelligence, mobile, and more!

As we near the end of the Summer season, we’re excited to announce a new set of updates and enhancements to the PagerDuty platform. These updates will help our users and customers: Make sure to view the latest PagerDuty Pulse or learn more from our community team and developer advocates who have launched new programs to help you learn more about our latest products and best practices.

atatus

What is Load Testing? Processes, Types, Best Practices, Tools, and More

Any software development project will almost certainly have through several tests by the time it is finished, especially in an Agile testing environment where testing and development occur simultaneously. But, no matter how many tests you've conducted, there's really only one way to tell if your software can handle the actual demands your army of end-users will be throwing on it once it's nearly finished. It's known as load testing.

katalon

Stop Test Suite Execution with 'X' Failed Tests | Fail-fast Principle

In software development, a fail-fast system is a tool that will notify when a failure is likely to occur. The philosophy of the fail-fast principle is formed around the idea that a system should stop normal operations rather than trying to continue working around a flawed piece of code. The fail-fast principle makes software bugs easier to detect earlier in the development cycle.

icinga

MySQL queries - faster than light (almost)

At the moment I’m working at a tool for migrating Icinga 2 IDO history to Icinga DB . Sure, one could also run IDO and Icinga DB in parallel for one year and then switch to Icinga DB if they only care for the history of the past year. But the disadvantage is: one would have to wait one year. Nowadays (in our quickly changing world) that’s quite a long time.

signoz

SigNoz - Open-source alternative to DataDog

More and more companies are now shifting to a cloud-native & microservices based architecture. Having an application monitoring tool is critical in this world because you can’t just log into a machine and figure out what’s going wrong. We have spent years learning about application monitoring & observability. What are the key features an observability tool should have to enable fast resolution of issues.

cloudzero

What Are Spot Instances? And When Should You Use Them?

EC2 Spot Instances, according to Amazon , can potentially save you up to 90% of what you’d otherwise spend on On-Demand Instances. While it’s been proven that even Reserved EC2 instances are cheaper than their On-Demand counterparts, it turns out Spot Instances are additionally capable of pushing their discounts beyond the reach of the Reserved Instances .

How PagerDuty and Rundeck Drive Operational Maturity at Trimble

As presented at PagerDuty Summit 2021 by Ali Soheili and Andrea Valenti of Trimble. Trimble PPM is a division of Trimble that provides construction project management solutions. PPM continues to roll out new SaaS and cloud-based offerings to their customers. To support their digital transformation, they are also modernizing their IT operations. They're invested in both PagerDuty and Rundeck to automation their incident response processes. Learn how PPM is shortening their incident resolution times while also reducing escalations.
catchpoint

Catchpoint Latest Release: Hercules

All of us here at Catchpoint are passionate about continuously innovating and improving our product to make our customers’ lives better. Part of this process involves regular product releases is – and this latest one, Hercules, is no exception. A big focus area for this release has been improving the usability, quality, and performance of the Catchpoint portal and agent.

rainforest

A Detailed Comparison of Cypress vs. Selenium vs. Katalon Studio vs. Rainforest

While Selenium IDE has been popular in the automated testing world, most teams using Selenium run into these problems. There are lots of different test automation tools—from easier ways to generate Selenium code to no-code SaaS (software as a service) options—all trying to solve these problems. In this article, we’ll talk about key differences between the following tools that represent the three main approaches to solving Selenium shortcomings.

perforce

How to Generate Compliance Reports in Perforce Static Code Analyzers

Ensuring and verifying that your codebase is compliant with a particular coding standard or industry regulation can be a difficult and time-consuming process. However, by using a static code analysis tool — such as Helix QAC and Klocwork — you can generate a compliance report to see whether your codebase is compliant or not.

martello

Why Teams Performance Monitoring is More Than Just Measuring Uptime

When your organization’s very ability to share, collaborate and meet depends on Microsoft Teams performing, solely watching Teams service availability simply isn’t enough. Employees operate on the assumption that every bit of technology they rely on just works. Teams is the modern example of the most critical application to businesses today, with over 145 million daily active users.

cloudera

The Ethics of Data Exchange

COVID-19 vaccines were developed in record time. One of the main reasons for the accelerated development was the quick exchange of data between academia, healthcare institutions, government agencies, and nonprofit entities. “COVID research is a great example of where sharing data and having large quantities of data to analyze would be beneficial to us all,” said Renee Dvir, solutions engineering manager at Cloudera.

Understand your services with Cloud Logging

What do you do when you know your service is having an issue? In this episode of Engineering for Reliability, we’ll show how you can use Cloud Logging to ingest, route, store, and view logs from your services and use them to fully understand application issues. Watch to learn how you can find issues faster, make your services more reliable, and keep your users happy.

The NetOps Expert - Episode 3: DX NetOps 21.2 Delivers Industry-Leading Network Monitoring Scale

In this episode of The NetOps Expert, Broadcom’s Robert Kettles and Jeremy Rossbach discuss the global pandemic and the evolution of networking and the impact on our current customers network operations and how these events have shed a new light on the need for advanced network monitoring scale?

Welcoming Scope Creep | An IT Journey to Monitoring Glory: Session 2

Now that your Network Management System is up and running, where do you go from here? “Scope creep” doesn’t (necessarily) have to be a bad phrase. Extending your monitoring out beyond the initial intention isn’t just encouraged, it’s commendable. Having all your business-critical information in one place speeds up troubleshooting and allows you to get in front of issues before they turn into problems.

VMware Tanzu Basic Edition: A Technical Overview in 5 Minutes

VMware Tanzu Basic edition delivers all necessary components required to have a production-ready Kubernetes cluster running on vSphere. This includes lifecycle management of Kubernetes clusters, networking integrations for all communication, and a container registry to store, secure, and manage all your container images. In this video, we give you a high-level look at everything to get you started.

Intel Endpoint Management Assistant and Aternity Integration

Together, Intel and Aternity are streamlining employee experience monitoring and remote device management with remote out-of-band management of Intel vPro® platform devices directly from Aternity that helps the Service Desk reduce incident resolution time by half. Intel and Aternity are collaborating to help you predict and prevent user frustration, verify optimal device configuration and performance, and drive successful business outcomes through rich cross-customer analytics and modern, built for business PCs.
ignyte Team

Will COTS Products Require a CMMC Audit and Certification?

The emerging Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) will mandate nearly the entire federal government supply chain and over 300,000 contractors to get audited and certified against the CMMC protocol. The caveat is that some organizations that build Commercial-Off-The-Shelf items or Commercially Available Off-The-Shelf (COTS) products for the Department of Defense (DoD) do NOT require a CMMC certificate . However, the devil is in the details!

logdna

Automate your LogDNA + PagerDuty Incident Workflow

LogDNA integrates with your PagerDuty instance to help trigger incidents based on log data coming in from your ingestion sources. This allows your teams to quickly understand when there are issues with your application, and where in the logs you can investigate to understand root cause. To help further accelerate your team’s ability to understand the state of your applications, we are introducing the ability to automatically resolve those PagerDuty Incidents directly from LogDNA.

elastic

Elastic and Cmd join forces to help you take command of your cloud workloads

We are excited to announce that Elastic is joining forces with Cmd to accelerate our efforts in Cloud security - specifically in cloud workload runtime security. By integrating the capabilities of Cmd's expertise and product into Elastic Security, we will enable customers to detect, prevent, and respond to attacks on their cloud workloads.

canonical

Happy birthday - 30 Years of Linux

Thirty years ago today, Linus Torvalds announced his free operating system to the world. As with many of the world’s greatest, Linux had humble beginnings as a very small pet project. The GNU was working on an ambitious free, public domain operating system but the project had been delayed, and enthusiasts were quick to adopt Linus’ new project.

splunk

How to Monitor Your AWS Workloads

A WS is a comprehensive platform with over 200+ types of cloud services available globally. As organizations adopt these services, monitoring their performance can seem overwhelming. The majority of AWS workloads behind the scenes are dependent on a core set of services: EC2 (the compute service), EBS (block storage), and ELB (load balancing).

Torq

Build an Automation-First Security Culture

When you think about how to automate processes within the IT industry, your mind probably goes first to tools. After all, the past decade has witnessed an explosion of tools from across the industry that promise to make it easy to automate virtually every aspect of IT operations — from low-code development solutions that automate coding, to release automation tools for applications, to automated monitoring and security platforms.

Transform your Data Center with Confidence | Joint Webinar by CloudFabrix and Verge.io

Verge.io is partnering with CloudFabrix, a leader in artificial intelligence for IT operations, to chat about why software-defined everything is the way to go. This is a great opportunity to learn how to transform your current data center operations using the latest technology and intelligence. Here’s what we’ll cover: – How artificial intelligence and data center virtualization operating systems work together to change the thinking around traditional data centers.
startingpoint

ServiceNow Alternatives (FAQs 2021)

There’s no shortage of ServiceNow alternatives on the market for your business to explore. As service-focused organizations look for ways to optimize workflows, leveraging a sophisticated workflow automation solution is a strategic move. This could be the difference between good and exceptional customer experiences. ServiceNow isn’t the only answer to automation.

ribbon

Is it All About the Brand? Yes and No!

Working for a company, you always want to think that your product or service is superior to the competition. As a Marketing executive, a major part of my job is to highlight why Ribbon is a leader in delivering IP Optical and Cloud & Edge solutions to the largest service providers, enterprises and critical infrastructure companies all over the world. But how do our customers perceive us? What do they really think of the Ribbon brand? How do we fare against our competitors in customers’ minds?

xplenty

How Secure is SFTP?

Managing and integrating your business data is a critical part of effective reporting, analysis and insight gathering. The Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) process is a way of gathering data from a range of disparate services and ensuring it all ends up in one secure destination, usually a data warehouse of some description. There are a number of ways to transfer data across networks, and SFTP has been an industry standard solution for over two decades.

snowflake

Snowflake and SK Inc. C&C Partner to Drive Innovation Powered by Data

According to Harvard Business Review, South Korea is one of the leading countries in the world for technology innovation, and it’s among the top producers of new data. Technology is so ingrained in the national identity that it launched a “Digital New Deal” to lay the foundation for a digital economy that will facilitate growth and innovation, according to PR Newswire.

dashbird

Challenges and Opportunities of Going Serverless in 2021

While we know the many benefits of going serverless – reduced costs via pay-per-use pricing models, less operational burden/overhead, instant scalability, increased automation – the challenges of going serverless are often not addressed as comprehensively. The understandable concerns over migrating can stop any architectural decisions and actions being made for fear of getting it wrong and not having the right resources.

rapidspike

Upgrading: Building for the Future

At the heart of RapidSpike is a development team who are passionate about pushing their abilities, learning new technologies and ultimately driving our software and product forward. We’ve researched and developed many cutting-edge features over the last 6 years but we’re shifting our focus this year. We’re taking a step back from new feature development in favour of upgrading, exploring and applying new technologies to existing functionality.

exoprise

How Digital Experience Scores Optimize the Workplace

User experience is subjective. For example, asking tourists visiting New York City about their experiences gives different answers. Likewise, end-users who work remotely with different resources and disparate assets can have varied experiences with their business applications. How can IT teams gather this experience data and react faster to improve experience? The answer is Digital Experience Scores.

Ribbon and KGPCo Expand Partnership to Deliver Service Providers a Complete Portfolio of Cloud & Edge and IP Optical Solutions

Enables the two organizations to fully support service providers with an extensive portfolio of solutions and services as they look to modernize and optimize their communications networks.
solarwinds

Basic SQL Server Query Tuning Secrets Every SQL Admin Should Know

The performance of your applications is a complex, multi-layered puzzle. Performance can be negatively impacted at the application layer or even by remote calls to networked services. However, the most common bottleneck for applications is the data storage layer. The most common data storage tier for applications is a relational database, whose performance can vary widely depending on query optimization.

shipa

Adding a Developer Portal to FluxCD

The idea to fully manage applications and infrastructure using a Git-based workflow, or GitOps, is gaining a lot of traction recently. We are seeing more and more Shipa users adopting GitOps as the cloud-native deployment methodology. While it is no secret that ArgoCD and FluxCD are by far the most used tools today, we see FluxCD users trying to address the challenges below.

spot

Fargate vs ECS - Comparing Amazon's container management services

Kubernetes and containerization of applications brings many benefits to software development, enabling speed, agility, and flexibility. The maturation of the Kubernetes ecosystem accelerated quickly in the last few years, leaving users with a multitude of choices when it comes to Kubernetes tooling and services. The major cloud providers (AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud) have introduced services specifically to help users run their Kubernetes applications more efficiently and effectively.

observiq

Rails + observIQ; Chapter 1: Log management at the core of Rails application development

Logging is useful in building, managing and debugging Rails applications. Most logging functionalities are built into the application, and it is fairly simple to find the logs. However, as your applications scale up in volume, it becomes difficult to trace the source of an issue. That’s when you want to implement a cloud based log management system to get a unified view of all logs from your Rails application.

bearingpoint

5G a year on: Number of 5G enterprise projects has doubled, but so has the competition

5G is a transformative technology, not only because of its unique attributes like slicing and low latency, or because it is the first generation of mobile technology to have a bigger impact on businesses than on consumers, but because, to really maximize its value, it can’t be treated as a standalone technology. 5G will be realized in the context of specific industries and through the co-creation of a partner ecosystem and collaboration of technologies such as AI, IoT and Edge.

thoughtspot

How ThoughtSpot's product management team uses ThoughtSpot to drive user growth

Enabling customers and users to quickly find the value within a product is critical for many organizations and at the heart of being a product manager. The approach to driving user growth involves a growth mindset, combining qualitative and quantitative research methods, and driving impactful solutions.

kong

How to Leverage Insomnia as a GraphQL Client

Here at Kong, we’re advocates for architecting your application as a group of microservices . In this design style, individual services are responsible for handling one aspect of your application, and they communicate with other services within your network to share data. Systems like Kubernetes or the Kuma service mesh help orchestrate traffic and manage network policies so that your microservices can function together as a unified whole.

testsigma

When to use Testsigma as a cross-browser testing solution for your organization?

According to browser usage statistics here , there are 4.3 billion internet users today. Review42.com also says that in 2008 there were 112 different types of browsers people were using to access the internet. Thus, it’s evident that people can be accessing the same website from multiple browsers at the same time – which makes cross-browser testing very important.

coralogix

Observability and Cyber Resiliency - What Do You Need To Know?

Observability is one of the biggest trends in technology today. The ability to know everything, understand your system, and analyze the performance of disparate components in tandem is something that has been embraced by enterprises and start-ups alike. What additional considerations need to be made when factoring in cyber resiliency? A weekly review of the headlines reveals a slew of news covering data breaches, insider threats, or ransomware.

jfrog

It's Time to Get Hip to the SBOM

The DevOps, IT security and IT governance communities will remember 2021 as the year when the Software Bill of Materials , or SBOM, graduated from a “nice to have” to a “must have.” Around for years, the SBOM has now become a critical DevSecOps piece, which everyone must thoroughly understand and incorporate into their SDLC (Software Development Lifecycle).

fivetran

How to Handle HIPAA Concerns With Cloud Data Warehouses

How to use a cloud data warehouse to achieve HIPPA compliance, reduce risk and offload some of the operational burden. How do you balance an accessible data warehouse with data protection and HIPAA Compliance? To get the most value from your data, it should be available to everyone in your organization who can benefit from the data analysis, insights and value it holds.

puppet

Deploy Puppet Enterprise agents with HashiCorp Terraform on Azure VMs

HashiCorp Terraform is an open source Infrastructure as Code (IaC) tool that is widely used to deploy cloud infrastructure in the public cloud, such as AWS and Azure, along with on-premises VMware vSphere environments. One of the challenges is developing a method for bootstrapping the instances with configuration management agents such as the Puppet Enterprise agent.

onlineornot

Six months in: How the SaaS that was built in 7 days is going

A few weeks before I sat down to write this article, I reshared my two month review of OnlineOrNot around the internet. Surprisingly, the article was quite popular: So I thought I'd clear up some confusion for the folks who only just read my two month review: I started OnlineOrNot on February 25, 2021, shipped the first version for people to use on March 2, 2021, and here I am in August writing the six month review.

Kubernetes monitoring with Sysdig

Kubernetes has multiple moving pieces that you need to monitor, such as the elements that make up the Control Plane. As your clusters grow, collecting metrics from all the Kubernetes sources becomes highly tedious. Comprehensive monitoring for Kubernetes reduces the operational complexity by providing the visibility you need to: Sysdig Monitor offers an out-of-the-box user experience for monitoring your Kubernetes environment, including pre-built dashboards and a comprehensive alerts library that you can use right away.

API Gateway with Gloo Edge Overview

Watch Kamesh Sampath (Field Engineer, Solo.io) discuss Gloo Edge, Gateway API and API management on Kubernetes. Gloo Edge is a cloud-native API Gateway and Ingress Controller built on Envoy Proxy to facilitate and secure application traffic at the edge. Here we have covered the management and deployment if your API gateway with Gloo, and share how to set up and manage your APIs in less than 3 minutes!