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Published by Samantha Toet on Jun 19, 2018 10:33:33 AM

VividCortex & Grafana: Better Together

Many of our customers have asked us to integrate with Grafana, the popular open platform for analytics and monitoring. The wait is over: we’ve released a plugin that lets you retrieve and display VividCortex metrics in your own Grafana dashboard. With this integration, you can combine metrics and dashboards from all of your systems and tools into a single source of truth that your team is already familiar with, giving them the ability to explore and use VividCortex’s data without having to learn a new tool.

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Published by Preetam Jinka on Jan 17, 2018 9:16:35 AM

Slow Queries? Move Fast to Fix Them

What are the effects of slow queries?

Slow queries can have serious negative impacts on your business. The impacts will vary depending on your architecture, industry, or application but the bottom line is to not ignore them. Let's discuss whom and what they will impact.

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Published by Baron Schwartz on Oct 13, 2017 10:16:40 AM

Monitor Your Citus Cluster With VividCortex

VividCortex now has support for monitoring Citus, a scale-out solution for massively sharded data storage and processing using standard open-source PostgreSQL. Citus (previously known as CitusDB) layers an additional set of capabilities on top of PostgreSQL. The result is a powerful distributed database that shards your data and lets you ingest a firehose of data, while running complex real-time analytics queries in parallel across nodes for blazing fast performance.

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Published by Baron Schwartz on Oct 6, 2017 12:20:56 PM

Explode Charts To Drill In With VividCortex

VividCortex is designed with two key scalability requirements in mind: it must perform well in large environments with many hosts, and the UI must help users understand and inspect those environments easily. The universal time selector, the host filter, and other features let you start with a top-level summary, grasp what’s happening in your entire environment no matter how many hosts, and then drill into hosts, time ranges, queries, and metrics of interest. We’ve enhanced our charting and graphing capabilities to make this same zoom-in-drill-down inspectability easier, too.

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Published by Baron Schwartz on Sep 26, 2017 11:01:16 PM

Custom Dashboards in VividCortex

VividCortex now offers custom dashboards, which are collections of charts you can curate as you wish. Custom dashboards are shared across your team, so they're a great way to ensure everyone has access to the metrics that you use to monitor and inspect system status and health. And you can give them meaningful names, which is one of only two hard things in computer science, so your dashboards can be full of win.

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Published by Baron Schwartz on Sep 21, 2017 4:31:49 PM

Find Queries That Need Indexes With VividCortex

Queries can be slow or resource-heavy for many reasons, but one of the most common is that the table doesn't have a good index for the query. This is true for MySQL, PostgreSQL, and especially for MongoDB. Adding an index where it's missing is often a night-and-day improvement, as shown in this screenshot of a query's performance. The index was added midway through the time range, and the query got dramatically faster:

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Oct 25, 2016 10:26:53 AM

"Agents Maintenance Windows" Balance User Control With Performance

It should go without saying that we want all of our customers to have access to the latest, most up-to-date components of VividCortex. With that in mind, we've designed the VividCortex app to include default settings for automatic updates. But what if users want to take control over their systems' update schedules? VividCortex has offered solutions in the past, but with a new feature--Agents Maintenance Windows--we're giving users even more precision in maintaining their systems.

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Published by Kelsey Uebelhor on Oct 13, 2016 9:45:57 AM

New User Security and Compliance Enhancements with RBAC and SSO

We’re thrilled to announce a brand new set of capabilities available in VividCortex that address an ongoing challenge for users, and engineering and application team managers alike – provisioning and managing users.

While users have come to expect powerful database monitoring insights and visibility from VividCortex, we’re now matching those high standards in how we meet the needs of enterprises in compliance, security, and user management.

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