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Published by Alex Slotnick on Feb 17, 2017 2:25:15 PM

In Case You Missed It: "How Online Florists Can Show Their Databases Some Love Before Valentine's Day"

Baron Schwartz's recent article on DZone, "How Online Florists Can Show Their Databases Some Love Before Valentine's Day," helped flower sellers across the country prepare for one of their biggest shopping events of the year. Like other retail industries, florists need their online systems to maintain high-performance through heavy traffic periods, so outages or slow systems don't interrupt shoppers' activities. This requires advanced preparation for the database. Capacity planning, code slushes, and being able to expect the unexpected are all key.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Feb 11, 2017 7:42:00 PM

With 500+ VividCortex Users, Shopify Eliminates High Latency Queries From Redis and MySQL

As intuitive and streamlined as ecommerce technology might seem from the user's perspective, it involves so much data that engineering ingenuity and smart database management must constantly deliver in order to keep up. At organizations like Shopify—responsible for the easy and reliable transactions at top brands around the world—that excellence of performance involves deep monitoring of their MySQL core and their Redis caching infrastructure, plus insightful query profiling, packet captures, and the admittance of developers to platforms that measure database performance.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Feb 11, 2017 6:38:00 PM

Optimizing VividCortex App Downloads Through Code Reduction

We've recently been able to achieve new optimization for VividCortex app downloads by making the code smaller, thanks to several successful minification and reduction projects by our frontend team. Of course, minification is an automated process, which we've been performing since day one. In addition, we recently performed an exhaustive revision of our own code, in order to find and remove any unneeded aspects.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Jan 31, 2017 6:01:57 PM

VividCortex Newsletter: January 2017

The January 2017 edition of the VividCortex newsletter includes a video case study with Shopify; our ebook "The Hidden Costs of Data Engineering"; a recording of the webinar "How to Be a Performance-Driven Engineer"; a Case Study with SalesLoft; and more.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Jan 24, 2017 6:51:13 PM

How Dyn Reduces Time To Resolution

The Internet is a massive labyrinth of connections and intersections. Without a map or a guide, it would be almost impossible to find anything inside of it. That's why we need a translator to help us understand DNS, the "Internet's phone book." For many organizations, websites, and companies, that translator is Dyn, the market's leading Internet Performance Management (IPM) solution.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Jan 19, 2017 4:43:46 PM

5 Tips for DBAs on Working Remotely

For many professionals who've never had the chance to try it, full-time remote work might seem like pure upsideeven luxurious. On days when rush hour commutes, shared fridge space, and raucous office mates threaten to overwhelm, who wouldn't prefer the option of settling into a spacious, at-home desk, with the family dog snoozing at one's heels?

But like any logistical detail of a job, working remotely comes with its own unexpected challenges. This is especially true for people whose roles are highly variable, sensitive, and central to an organization's ability to function, such as database administrators'.

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