Amazon Web Services (AWS) has recently integrated the AWS Trusted Advisor into the AWS Management Console and made four security and service limit checks available at no charge. Additional checks from the security, performance, fault tolerance and cost optimization categories remain part of their Business and Enterprise support tiers.
Leading application performance monitoring vendor AppDynamics released version 3.9 of their flagship "Application Intelligence Platform" monitoring tool. Highlights of the release include big data analysis and machine learning to provide intuitive, scalable performance monitoring. InfoQ spoke to Maneesh Joshi, head of product marketing and strategy at AppDynamics
Martin Thompson answers a few questions about the opportunity for developers and architects to introduce custom protocols to their system's interaction points.
At the Bacon Conference last May, bitly Lead Application Developer Sean O'Connor explained the most relevant lessons bitly developers learned while building a distributed system that handles 6 billions clicks per month.
3scale launched APITools in the month of April this year targeted at API consumers. InfoQ spoke to 3scale management regarding motivation and underlying technology among other things and walked away with some interesting insights as well as upcoming initiatives to involve the community.
LiquidPlanner, a PPM tool, added features like card view to make it suitable for agile teams. InfoQ spoke to Liz Pearce, CEO of LiquidPlanner to explore more about tool and its functionalities.
Trevor Livingston, a software engineer working for PayPal, has outlined in a recent post a number of suggestions to improve the outbound SSL performance of Node.js.
.NET Native is an attempt from Microsoft to reduce the start up times and memory footprint of Windows Store applications.
Crittercism, maker of a mobile app performance management solution, has analysed one month of performance data and compiled it into a Mobile Experience Benchmark report focusing on two aspects of a mobile performance: app uptime and app responsiveness. Results highlight app categories with the highest crash and error rates and provide the basis for a comparison among iOS and Android versions.
Daniel Schauenberg described at QCon London how Etsy, renowned for its DevOps and Continuous Delivery practices, does 50 deploys/day. A fully automated deployment pipeline, thorough application monitoring and IRC-based collaboration are all important to achieve this rate of change while keeping risk to a minimum. Etsy has about 60 million monthly visits and 1.5 billion page views per month.
At a recent London DevOps meetup, Andy Sykes launched a debate on whether Nagios, a well-known application that offers monitoring and alerting services, should be replaced with a better solution. Laurie Denness, from Etsy, argued in a reply that Nagios and its ecosystem still are a great solution in the monitoring and alerting arena.
Microsoft Open Technologies recently announced the release of Tx, an open source project that can help debugging using Logs/Traces, and building of real-time monitoring and alerting systems.
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