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  • Spark Application Performance Monitoring Using Uber JVM Profiler, InfluxDB and Grafana

    In this article, author Amit Baghel discusses how to monitor the performance of Apache Spark based applications using technologies like Uber JVM Profiler, InfluxDB database and Grafana data visualization tool.

  • Microservices in a Post-Kubernetes Era

    The microservice architecture is still the most popular architectural style for distributed systems. But Kubernetes and the cloud native movement have redefined certain aspects of application design and development at scale. Modern developers must be fluent in a programming language to implement the business functionality, and equally fluent in cloud native technologies.

  • Istio and the Future of Service Meshes

    A service mesh provides a transparent and language-independent way to flexibly and easily automate networking, security, and observation functions. This article examines the past, present and future of the Istio service mesh. The near-term goal is to launch Istio to 1.0, when the key features will all be in beta, including support for Hybrid environments.

  • Practical Monitoring: Book Review and Q&A with Mike Julian

    Mike Julian has recently published Practical Monitoring with O’Reilly, which aims to provide readers with a foundational introduction to the topic of monitoring, as well as practical guidelines on how to monitor service-based applications and cloud infrastrastructure. InfoQ recently sat down with Julian and discussed the topic of monitoring.

  • Introducing Prefix and Retrace : Interview with Stackify's Founder Matt Watson

    Stackify was founded in 2012, making it a relatively new player in the field of Application Performance Management (APM) and code profilers. InfoQ reached out to Matt Watson, founder and CEO of Stackify, to learn more about its products Prefix and Retrace.

  • Q&A on the ​Practice of System and Network Administration (3rd Edition)

    The book The Practice of System and Network Administration takes a holistic view on system administration: it provides a framework and strategies for solving problems regardless of the operating system, brand of computer, or type of environment. The third edition incorporates new developments like DevOps, infrastructure as code, continuous integration, operational excellence and assessments.

  • Book Review: Site Reliability Engineering - How Google Runs Production Systems

    "Site Reliability Engineering - How Google Runs Production Systems" is an open window into Google's experience and expertise on running some of the largest IT systems in the world. The book describes the principles that underpin the Site Reliability Engineering discipline. It also details the key practices that allow Google to grow at breakneck speed without sacrificing performance or reliability.

  • Production Like Performance Tests of Web-Services

    Tests should always keep the end user view in mind. But how to test web services, which are not directly customer-facing, and in particular, how to performance test them in a meaningful way? This article outlines performance split testing as a performance test approach that is relying on real-time production traffic.

  • Article Series: Containers in the Real World - Stepping Off the Hype Curve

    This article series explains how containers are actually being used within the enterprise. It dives into the core technology behind containers and how this is currently being used by developers, examines core challenges with deploying containers in the enterprise and the future of containerisation, and discusses the role unikernels are currently playing within leading-edge organisations.

  • Q&A on the book Visualization Examples

    The book Toolbox for the Agile Coach - Visualization Examples by Jimmy Janlén can be used by agile software development teams to visualize and improve their collaboration and communication. InfoQ interviewed Janlén about the strengths of visualizations and how teams can use them to track progress, deal with blockers, celebrate successes and improve.

  • “DevOps: A Software Architect's Perspective” Book Review and Interview

    Len Bass on the motivation for "DevOps: A Software Architect's Perspective", what does looking at DevOps from an architectural perspective mean, DevOps education, microservices and more.

  • Q&A on Real World Kanban

    The book Real World Kanban by Mattias Skarin provides four case studies where kanban is used to visualize, provide insight and improve product development. InfoQ interviewed Skarin about the essence of kanban and lean, why flexibility in organizations is needed, doing continuous improvement, how visualization can help to understand problems, and advice on how to get started with kanban.

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