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Published by Baron Schwartz on Sep 14, 2017 4:56:32 PM

Monitoring Isn't Observability

Observability is all the rage, an emerging term that’s trending up very quickly in certain circles even while it remains unknown in others. As such, there isn’t a single widely understood meaning for the term, and much confusion is inevitably following. What is observability? What does it mean? Perhaps just as importantly, what is observability NOT?

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Published by John Potocny, Ewen Fortune, and Alex Slotnick on Sep 6, 2017 11:02:05 AM

The Basics of Sharding in MongoDB

Sharding is a mechanism widely used in today's most popular database systems, an effective way to divide, categorize, and organize data into manageable chunks. In some database types, such as MySQL, the use of sharding is an architectural decision, while in other databases, such as MongoDB, sharding is a fully supported, native feature. If effectively used, it can play a role in scaling a system effectively to meet organizational or business demands.

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Published by Baron Schwartz on Aug 18, 2017 6:20:46 PM

Meet The New DBA, Different From The Old

There’s a rapid shift taking place in today's technology organizations: the role of the DBA is being redefined and increasingly replaced by other roles and specialties. This is happening even as data explodes—in fact, it's happening precisely because data is exploding. It's a trend that's not only moving quickly, it's accelerating, and it sometimes takes people by surprise.

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Published by John Potocny on Aug 17, 2017 4:28:40 PM

The 5 Principles that a Performance Management Service Should Follow

I’ve recently taken some time to think about what it means for our organization to operate and identify as a "performance management service." It's not as simple as placing ourselves in a specific industry category or engineering a certain kind of app. There are other, complex, less tangible elements too: how we interact with the systems we monitor, our responsibilities as experts in our field, the obligations we have to our customers, and the standards we hold ourselves to.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Aug 4, 2017 9:53:09 AM

Throughput Is the One Server Metric to Rule Them All

If you've ever been responsible for maintaining the performance of a busy app or website, there's a good chance the task often felt complex, with far too many metrics. Since you can measure so much in a modern system, how do you tell what's really important? In reality, though, as complicated as your job might feel, your real concerns can actually be understood through a much simpler — and more manageable — single metric: throughput. For service providers, server performance is all about resource management.

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Published by Baron Schwartz on Jul 31, 2017 10:17:00 AM

How We Encrypt Data In MySQL With Go

A SaaS product needs to use security measures you might not ordinarily use in an on-premises solution. In particular, it’s important that all sensitive data be secured. Encryption plays an important role in information security. At VividCortex, we encrypt data in-flight and at-rest, so your sensitive data is never exposed.

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