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Published by Baron Schwartz on Sep 9, 2019 1:24:53 PM

What Changed? Find Out With Explorer Time Comparison

When you're trying to understand your systems and why they behave as they do, one of the most powerful questions is "what changed?" or "what's different?" We've offered this capability for years in VividCortex, and now we've added it to the more recent Explorer feature so you can interrogate your databases and discover what's new and different about them.

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Published by Baron Schwartz on Aug 9, 2019 10:09:04 AM

Create Post-Mortem Reports from Notebook Templates, Export to PDF

We've released two enhancements to Notebooks that streamline collaborations to help you create post-mortem Notebooks more easily, and share them in a format that's easy for any audience to access. Both improvements are focused around how teams have told us they can get more value from Notebooks. Involving everyone in database performance is a key goal at VividCortex, so these capabilities were natural next steps for the popular Notebooks feature!

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Published by Baron Schwartz on Jul 5, 2019 2:29:53 PM

Configure Alerts on Deadlock Events

VividCortex can now detect deadlocks in MySQL, and generate events that you can use for alerting and notification. It's normal for an ACID transactional database to encounter deadlocks occasionally, but too many deadlocks could signal a variety of problems from SQL, to application behavior, to indexing and more. To learn more about deadlocks, lock waits, and the difference between them, read this article.

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Published by Baron Schwartz on Jun 19, 2019 3:29:31 PM

Manage Database Incidents with VividCortex and Opsgenie

When you're operating always-on services—such as the databases that power production-facing interactive customer experiences—it can be stressful and hard to diagnose common problems like queries slowing down, locks piling up, or infrastructure getting overloaded. At times like these, it's important to use an incident management product and workflow to involve the right people at the right time, helping the team coordinate and communicate their workflow. And with VividCortex's new Opsgenie integration, this just got even easier.

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Published by Baron Schwartz on Jun 6, 2019 11:11:48 AM

See App Releases Visually with Change Markers

With VividCortex's deploy markers, you can quickly and visually identify correlations between releases in your app or infrastructure, and changes in system behavior. It's a one-liner to configure your deploy tooling to send an event to VividCortex when you launch changes. After that, you can select them from the navigation bar. Deploy events appear as vertical markers on charts and graphs everywhere in the app.

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Published by Baron Schwartz on Feb 15, 2019 11:22:15 AM

Databases, Shift-Left, and Empathy: What You Missed at DevOpsDays Charlotte

Last week several people from VividCortex traveled to attend DevOpsDays Charlotte, where I gave the opening keynote, we had a table to demonstrate our product, we caught up with friends and customers we haven't seen in a while, and last but certainly not least we shared in lots of DevOps conversations! Here's a recap of some highlights I enjoyed at the conference.

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Published by Baron Schwartz on Feb 8, 2019 2:45:23 PM

Inspecting Index Usage In MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB

In my recent post about the Left-Prefix Index Rule, I explained how queries can use all or part of a compound (multi-column) index. Knowing what makes an index fully usable by a query is important, but it's also important to know how to figure out how much of an index a query is able to use. In this article I'll show you how to do this by reading the query's explain plan. This article covers MySQL, Postgres, and MongoDB.

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