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Published by Racquel Yerbury on Oct 7, 2019 12:45:18 PM

The Marvel of Observability

“[You’ve] been fighting with one arm behind your back. What happens when [you’re] finally set free?” - Paraphrasing Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel

BOOK REVIEW: How to Architect and Build Highly Observable Systems by Baron Schwartz

Observability is a property of an application or system, not the actual act of analysis. The system is observable, practically and mathematically, if you can understand its inner workings and state by measuring its external behaviors. That means the system exposes telemetry, which is the data emitted from instrumentation that expresses those external behaviors—a feature ideally baked into your code upfront. Monitoring is the act of analyzing the telemetry to see whether the system is functioning correctly. And diagnostics is the process of determining what’s wrong with a system.

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Published by Baron Schwartz on Sep 9, 2019 1:24:53 PM

What Changed? Find Out With Explorer Time Comparison

When you're trying to understand your systems and why they behave as they do, one of the most powerful questions is "what changed?" or "what's different?" We've offered this capability for years in VividCortex, and now we've added it to the more recent Explorer feature so you can interrogate your databases and discover what's new and different about them.

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Published by Baron Schwartz on Aug 9, 2019 10:09:04 AM

Create Post-Mortem Reports from Notebook Templates, Export to PDF

We've released two enhancements to Notebooks that streamline collaborations to help you create post-mortem Notebooks more easily, and share them in a format that's easy for any audience to access. Both improvements are focused around how teams have told us they can get more value from Notebooks. Involving everyone in database performance is a key goal at VividCortex, so these capabilities were natural next steps for the popular Notebooks feature!

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Published by VividCortex on Jul 24, 2019 12:17:13 PM

Postgres EXPLAIN Explained

ICYMI - Presentation by Baron Schwartz at PostgresConf 

We had a great time at PostgresConf 2019 in New York City! The 8th annual PostgresConf is the largest and the most diverse meeting of Postgres professionals and companies in the world. The Postgres Conference conveys the preeminent “People, Postgres and Data” experience.

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Published by Baron Schwartz on Jul 5, 2019 2:29:53 PM

Configure Alerts on Deadlock Events

VividCortex can now detect deadlocks in MySQL, and generate events that you can use for alerting and notification. It's normal for an ACID transactional database to encounter deadlocks occasionally, but too many deadlocks could signal a variety of problems from SQL, to application behavior, to indexing and more. To learn more about deadlocks, lock waits, and the difference between them, read this article.

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Published by Baron Schwartz on Jun 19, 2019 3:29:31 PM

Manage Database Incidents with VividCortex and Opsgenie

When you're operating always-on services—such as the databases that power production-facing interactive customer experiences—it can be stressful and hard to diagnose common problems like queries slowing down, locks piling up, or infrastructure getting overloaded. At times like these, it's important to use an incident management product and workflow to involve the right people at the right time, helping the team coordinate and communicate their workflow. And with VividCortex's new Opsgenie integration, this just got even easier.

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Published by Steve Close on Jun 12, 2019 6:30:00 PM

VividCortex Achieves SOC 2 Type II Certification

We are pleased to announce that VividCortex has successfully completed SOC 2 Type II certification. This reaffirms and advances our ongoing commitment to protecting our customers—and by extension, their customers. The report is the result of another intensive effort by our dedicated security team, providing evidence to our auditors so they could examine our processes and controls. The audit was completely successful, as with our first audit, and was a clean and uneventful process.

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