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Published by Anna Navatsyk on Jul 28, 2015 6:50:00 AM

See VividCortex in Your Server's Time Zone

Similar to databases, the modern IT team is often distributed. As remote work increases and employee locations span the globe, it becomes difficult to keep everyone on the same page. Our latest time zone update is a step toward this goal.

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Published by Anna Navatsyk on Jul 16, 2015 5:25:00 AM

Big Data Visualization

The Open. The historic foundation of the major championships. Played on one of the iconic courses throughout Great Britain’s lush hills. The intensity is palpable as golf’s greats compete for the coveted Claret Jug. Every drive, chip and putt matter. Players are a birdie away from glory and a sandtrip away from irrelevance, and this year, big data is at the heart of this age old tradition.

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Published by Anna Navatsyk on Jul 14, 2015 2:03:00 AM

Announcing Product Integrations and Partner Program

VividCortex is growing, and we want you to be part of that growth! We recently released product integrations with PagerDuty, VictorOps, Slack, and Hipchat so you can notify your team of all important developments. Last month, we announced Heroku support, and our partner program has just launched.

In the words of Baron Schwartz, “Monitoring does not exist in a vacuum, and building strong relationships with other products and companies at a technical and business level is a priority for us. We always planned for this, but we didn’t plan for the demand,” he added. “The response from customers, the opensource community, and other companies has surprised us, and we’re investing even more resources than we’d planned.”

Read the full press release here.

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Published by Anna Navatsyk on Jul 13, 2015 9:45:00 AM

TechSling Article: Why Database Downtime Eats Away at the Bottom Line

Speed matters. That’s why you’re willing to pay a dollar more for milk at the convenience store — it’s quicker than waiting in line at the supermarket. And that’s why you will lose business if your database slows down the customer experience.

This is especially true of e-commerce websites. Forty percent of people won’t wait more than three seconds for a mobile shopping site to load. Amazon estimates it would lose $1.6 billion a year if its web pages took one second longer to load. If consumers won’t wait one second for Amazon, they won’t wait for your database to come back online.

And that’s just the direct bottom-line impact. Poor database performance has other negative effects, but you can follow steps to avoid these problems.

Read the full article here.

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Published by Anna Navatsyk on Jul 10, 2015 4:52:00 AM

Are Your Data Systems a Technology Tar Pit

Are you still running yesterday’s database? Technology and workloads have changed, so it might be time to re-examine your trusty standby. But how do you determine whether the benefits of new data storage technology are worth the cost and effort of evaluating and switching?

Perhaps you think your current data retrieval system is “good enough,” but that “just fine” system might be creating huge technical debt that could come back to haunt you. To keep up with the times, you might need to re-evaluate your database. This could result in a leaner, meaner, and more modern back end that can grow with your business and save you money.

Technology changes rapidly, and data storage technologies are no exception. Innovations such as solid-state drives are creating entirely new sets of tradeoffs and advantages. Meanwhile, the sheer amount of data being collected continues to explode. Older solutions simply cannot find good footing in this environment.

Read the full article here.

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Published by Anna Navatsyk on Jul 6, 2015 3:27:00 AM

5 Database Monitoring Issues That Need Your Attention Now

As the old management adage goes, “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” In the fast-paced world of IT, this more accurately translates to, “You can’t improve what you don’t measure.”

When it comes to your database, a continuous monitoring system provides the foundation for progress: metrics. Without a monitoring system, it’s impossible to determine whether changes actually impact the system’s performance, availability, and functionality.

Think of it like a science experiment: You wouldn’t trust research that didn’t measure the results. So why would you settle for faulty database metrics? Read the full article here.

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Published by Anna Navatsyk on Jul 5, 2015 5:26:00 AM

Video Recording: Teams Are Systems Too

Earlier this year, Baron spoke at Velocity on how lessons learned from system performance can be applied to organizational structure. The talk, Teams Are Systems Too: The Theory of Constraints in Action, was largely inspired by Eli Goldratt’s book The Goal.

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Published by Anna Navatsyk on Jul 1, 2015 3:37:00 AM

The Database Specialization Backlash

If you have a team whose job is to safeguard your databases as a reaction to past incidents, in an attempt to prevent them from recurring, you might have a serious bottleneck you don’t even realize.

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Published by Anna Navatsyk on Jun 29, 2015 7:51:00 AM

Success Story: VividCortex Improves Reliability at DC Energy

DC Energy is a trader in the commodities markets that relies heavily on MySQL. Since trading is time-sensitive, database management and minimal system downtime is a high priority. Prior to deploying VividCortex, DC Energy used query logs and custom tools, scripts and metrics to find and resolve problems. Internal tools did not provide a way to quickly review and assess the enormous amount of data available, and gaining insight into performance was time consuming.

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