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Published by VividCortex on Jun 8, 2019 10:21:21 PM

Percona Live 2019 Recap

Optimizing Database Performance, DevOps, the Changing Face of Open Source, and Customer Appreciation 

We had a great time at Percona Live 2019 in Austin, TX - delivering keynotes and spending quality time with our great customer base. Below you'll find recaps of our experiences! It was great to see you; relive it with us! 

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Published by Racquel Yerbury on May 22, 2019 1:50:28 PM

Taming the Database: How Observability Spurs Continuous Delivery

For tech professionals it’s intuitive that higher software delivery and operational performance — SDO performance is a new-ish moniker — yields higher organizational performance, or at least substantially contributes to it.  But now, five years of research from the DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) team have consistently provided this as a data-driven conclusion for business leaders too. And when it comes to the specific technical practices that improve SDO performance, rising decisively to the top is a core DevOps workflow: continuous delivery—discovering what positively impacts it, honing those catalysts, and optimizing.

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Published by VividCortex on Apr 9, 2019 8:00:52 PM

Essential Capabilities for Applying DevOps to Your Database

Software industry leaders have been talking about DevOps for more than a decade. Most top firms say that they’re committed to a holistic DevOps philosophy and that they’re trying to put it to work across their organization, integrating roles and functions throughout the development pipeline. Yet many of them overlook the one area where problems are most common and consequential: the database.

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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 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? - 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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