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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 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 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 Alex Slotnick on Mar 2, 2017 4:47:45 PM

Chaos and the Fugly Five

Maintaining a SaaS service in the cloud inherently involves nonstop complexity, inevitable fixes, and the threat of issues — especially when that SaaS service involves consistent growth and active changes. In order for VividCortex's product team to reliably pinpoint and head off potential problems, we've needed to use creative and resourceful DevOps systems. In this post, we'll be discussing one of the methods we use to keep potential problems in check: "Chaos and the Fugly Five." (Its name might not communicate the full seriousness of its use, but the entire extent of its creativity no doubt comes through.)

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