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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 Alex Slotnick on Jul 25, 2017 1:32:08 PM

Brainwaves Podcast Ep 5: An Interview with Bruce Momjian

In this episode of Brainwaves, Alex chats with Bruce Momjian, a member of PostgreSQL's core development team, at the PGConf Local meetup in Philadelphia, July 2017. They discuss Bruce's background with PostgreSQL, some of the history of PostgreSQL’s development, how community support helps drive the database's evolution, and the importance of PostgreSQL's hybrid userbase.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Jul 18, 2017 4:07:38 PM

PGConf Local in Philly: PostgreSQL Performance, in Theory and Practice

A few members of the VividCortex team had the chance to attend PGConf's local meetup in Philadelphia last week. The group came together to discuss anything and everything Postgres, including new features to be included in PostgreSQL 10, building a scalable time-series database on top of PostgreSQL, and common mistakes people make when migrating from Oracle to PostgreSQL.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Jul 7, 2017 4:14:35 PM

Why Tech Ops Needs to Care About User Experience

If you work on an app’s backend, you’re probably used to looking at server-side metrics like utilization and backlog. Alas, this can give you major tunnel vision, because it can easily cause you to ignore the user’s experience. Why does this empathy matter?

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Jun 30, 2017 5:20:51 PM

You Need to Consider Two Perspectives to Understand System Performance

There are two fundamental points of view for thinking about system performance. Most people tend to experience a system from only one side, and they can often analyze that perspective extremely well. This makes sense—most people are in a position where only one point of view occurs naturally. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't try to see both perspectives. Each one is equally valid, and without a complete view, you have no hope of understanding a definition of your system's performance as a whole.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on May 19, 2017 3:24:11 PM

Congratulations to Baron Schwartz, CBIC's 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year

We're excited to share that last night, Baron Schwartz—VividCortex's very own, very deserving founder and CEO—was recognized as "Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) at their 19th annual CBIC Awards. The award honors a leader who "embodies all the elements of successful tech-centric entrepreneurship, including innovation, employment, leadership, finance, determination, and persistence."

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Published by Alex Slotnick on May 4, 2017 4:48:26 PM

Highlights from Percona Live 2017

Percona Live 2017 is a wrap! What did we think? Baron Schwartz shares a few of his thoughts in the highlight reel below. Some of our favorite parts of the show included:

  • This year there was an especially great combination and blend in how the show presented different open-source database technologies. The conference did a great job bringing the ever-expanding industry together.
  • MongoDB showed up in a big way. MongoDB is emerging as a true leader among NoSQL tech. 
  • Percona XtraDB Cluster showed its true capabilities, deployed large-scale, in production. It's demonstrating success handling heavy workloads. 
  • Time series data asserted itself as a new category with special prominence. Several vendors at the show addressed this category specifically, alongside a few new open-source projects. 
  • The show offered an entire track on AWS, with much depth and a variety of approaches.

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