Published by Baron Schwartz on Aug 18, 2017 6:20:46 PM

Meet The New DBA, Different From The Old

There’s a rapid shift taking place in today's technology organizations: the role of the DBA is being redefined and increasingly replaced by other roles and specialties. This is happening even as data explodes—in fact, it's happening precisely because data is exploding. It's a trend that's not only moving quickly, it's accelerating, and it sometimes takes people by surprise.

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Published by John Potocny and Ewen Fortune on Jul 19, 2017 5:17:49 PM

You QA Most of Your System — What About Your Database?

For virtually all development teams, testing code is a given: It's one of the most important parts of software development. Whether your organization includes a separate team devoted to QA, or your developers are testing their own code, QA is the primary way your team ensures that your application's logic is working correctly, and it's the best way for you to identify issues as early as possible.

As a result, QA is critical for engineering velocity, and it helps shape your users' overall experience when engaging with your product. Nobody likes finding a broken app or website. But what about quality assurance for a database? Do most teams apply the same QA practices to improve their data tier? Do many teams even know how to perform database QA? In this article, we'll talk about how you and your team can apply the same high standards of QA principles to your database, which many organizations often overlook.

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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 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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Published by Alex Slotnick on Apr 6, 2016 5:50:33 PM

VividCortex Brings Developers and DBAs Together

If you want to maximize a team's productivity, special attention ought to be paid to helping DBAs and developers work together as smoothly as possible. Unfortunately, this is a relationship that's overlookedor taken for grantedfar too often. 

One of the major values that VividCortex provides an organization is the way it equips developers with new insights into their data systems, giving them a better understanding of how to work with DBAs. It affords those developers more confidence and responsibility in working within a database, thereby granting them and DBAs more freedom and independence in addressing issues quickly and effectively. And that means more good vibes all around. 

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Published by John Potocny on Jan 20, 2016 2:46:40 PM

Solving a Go Communications Issue with A VividCortex Agent

Back in September of last year, a customer brought to our attention an unusual behavior: they were seeing inexplicable alerts, reporting that a host was failing to send data for more than fifteen minutes. Yet when the customer checked the host a short while after, they saw that no data was actually missing. Strange, we thought, so we began to investigate.

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Published by Owen Zanzal on Dec 16, 2015 4:14:02 PM

8 Reasons Why ChatOps Isn't Working At Your Company

About a year and half ago I published a blog post about ChatOps at VividCortex (if you’re unfamiliar with ChatOps, that original post still serves as a good primer). At the time, we were smitten with the new technology -- I wrote, “We are huge believers of ChatOps at VividCortex… GitHub’s implementation of ChatOps is amazing and has inspired me to spearhead ChatOpts within our office… ChatOps has really revolutionized how we operate.” In the months since, I've learned a lot about implementing ChatOps so that it functions as more than just an office toy. 

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Published by Baron Schwartz on Nov 6, 2015 12:37:00 PM

Nobody Loves Graphite Anymore

Many of our customers use Graphite, and I don’t think anyone would argue with me when I say it’s probably the most commonly used time series database in the DevOps community. Not only does it have a huge installed base, it also has a robust community of advocates and developers, including Jason Dixon, who’s writing a book on monitoring with Graphite. (We featured Jason in our Brainiac Corner a while ago.)

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