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Published by Alex Slotnick on Apr 24, 2017 2:59:19 PM

Come See VividCortex at Percona Live This Week!

We're thrilled it's finally that time of year: Percona Live 2017! This event is among the most important in the database communitythere's no other conference like it, where you can find such a meeting of industry leaders, gathered to discuss open-source databases and monitoring.

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Published by Baron Schwartz on Apr 14, 2017 2:18:21 PM

Correlated Metrics in Monitoring

If you work with monitoring or monitoring tools much, you’ve probably seen the phrase “correlating” here and there. For example, monitoring vendors often say you can use their product to correlate metrics. Issue 157 in the popular Prometheus monitoring system’s GitHub repository is to add support to correlate multiple metrics in the same graph.

I’ve noticed that when monitoring-related discussions mention correlation, the meaning is usually pretty vague. It often seems to refer to just graphing multiple things on a single chart with the same timescale.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Apr 12, 2017 4:17:59 PM

Brainwaves Podcast Ep 4: "How to Replace a Wing in Midair, and Other Development Safety Tips"

In this episode of Brainwaves, Baron Schwartz and Jay Ennis -- VividCortex's CEO and VivdCortex's VP of Product Development -- join Alex to discuss some of the concepts that help engineering teams operate and build safely. Jay and Baron talk about what they aim to protect and avoid when setting up safety protocols for a team, and they discuss why some commonly held beliefs, like root cause analysis, are traps. Ideas from other industries -- such as aviation, EMT emergency reporting, and horse rearing -- lend helpful perspectives and models.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Apr 10, 2017 12:54:18 PM

Five Events and Presentations We're Excited to See at Percona Live 2017

Percona Live 2017 is only a couple weeks away, and we're making our list of can't-miss events that we plan to catch while we're there. If you ask us, VividCortex's Baron Schwartz and Preetam Jinka's talks and breakout sessions are obvious picks, but we're just as excited to catch some of the fantastic presentations by our friends and peers. Need help getting your schedule in order before Percona Live kicks off? Below are five agenda items that we're particularly excited to see in Santa Clara.

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Published by Ewen Fortune on Mar 31, 2017 1:06:08 PM

Bonanza Cuts Load in Half with VividCortex

Working with our users at Bonanza earlier this week, we saw their team demonstrate a great example of how monitoring insights can lead to a relatively simple — but impactful —  MySQL system tweak. In this case, the adjustment Bonanza made resulted in huge improvements to their total query time.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Mar 24, 2017 12:02:32 PM

"What's Really Behind Your Database Bottleneck?": VividCortex in App Developer Magazine

Database management, monitoring, and general health call for a range of specialized resources. To ensure that databases function properly, you need specific monitoring, you need focused knowledge of how databases work, you need to understand what makes the database a unique layer of your technology stack. However, the database doesn't just matter to database experts and DBAs -- it plays a major role for entire organizations.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Mar 23, 2017 12:15:00 PM

Common Pitfalls When Using database/sql in Go

Updated 3/23/2017

Here at VividCortex, we’re huge fans of the Go language and its database access library, database/sql. As you’ve probably seen firsthand, the surface area of database/sql is pretty small, but there’s a lot you can do with it. That includes plenty of risk for error and deceptive mistakes. This blog post is dedicated to some of the past mistakes we’ve made ourselves, in hopes that you won’t also make them when the time comes.

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Published by Kelsey Uebelhor on Mar 16, 2017 5:57:56 PM

See You on the Road at 2017's Shows and Events!

Calling all developers, DBAs, engineers, SREs, and database aficionados: we’re hitting the road and hope to see you along the way. It's always a highlight of our year when we get to meet up with our users and friends face-to-face, and we'll be attending events across the country (and abroad!) for the rest of 2017. If you see our booth, come say hello. 

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