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Published by Alex Slotnick on Sep 28, 2016 2:48:05 AM

Webinar Recap: Monitoring with Percentiles

Earlier today, Baron Schwartz hosted a live webinar that took a deep look at percentiles and their role in performance monitoring. This is a tricky, engaging subject: as Baron wrote in a blog post last year, "Customers ask us for p99 (99th percentile) of metrics pretty frequently" -- but percentiles often don't work the way many people think.

You can access a recording of today's webinar here, where Baron returned to that subject and illuminated many of the finer points of percentiles, this time examining why people ought to be careful around percentiles and how people can best use them to their advantage.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Sep 19, 2016 5:06:13 PM

Upcoming Webinar: 8 Ways to Win with Percentiles

Last year, VividCortex’s CEO Baron Schwartz published a compelling exploration about one of the concepts in database monitoring that we see most often discussed—and most often misunderstood: percentiles. “Why Percentiles Don’t Work the Way You Think” instantly became one of our most popular blog posts ever, as it helped introduce readers to the nuances surrounding some of the fundamental, widespread, and hazardous misconceptions that people apply to percentiles and percentiles' role in database monitoring practices.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Sep 2, 2016 11:54:36 AM

Webinar Recap: VividCortex and Datadog Tackle "Work-Centric" Monitoring

Earlier this week, VividCortex's Preetam Jinka co-hosted a webinar alongside Datadog's Matt Williams. Together, they tackled one of the most important questions for effective monitoring practices: how to define what you should be looking at in your systems to get the most value for your efforts. If you missed the original broadcast of "5 Tips on Determining the Most Impactful Metrics in Your App," a free recording of the 40 minute webinar is now available, so you too can reap the benefits of Preetam and Matt's monitoring insights. 

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Aug 15, 2016 11:39:26 AM

Doing Work with the Law that Defines Critical APM Metrics

Later this month, on August 30th, VividCortex’s Preetam Jinka will join Datadog’s Matt Williams for a webinar to discuss 5 Tips on Determining the Most Impactful Metrics in Your App,” along with the solutions each company uses to track those metrics.

In anticipation of that conversation, this blog post goes a bit behind the scenes and introduces the powerful theorem Little’s Law, based in the theory of probability, and the ways it provides the ability to define a set of metrics that we value as highly critical for gaining database insights.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Dec 11, 2015 3:37:56 PM

Webinar Recap: Best Practices for a High Performing MySQL Database with INetU

On December 9th, Baron Schwartz (VividCortex founder and CEO), Michele Corvino (INetU Product Manager), and Jim DeHart (INetU Systems Engineer) joined up to discuss best practices for keeping MySQL databases at peak performance. INetU – the best customer-rated cloud hosting company in the industry – knows the importance of keeping databases running without hitch. Complexity within systems increases as applications grow, which means that as complications arise, there are more risks for end users. Leveraging a database performance tool like VividCortex allows users to take care of such issues as quickly as possible, while optimizing efficiency at the same time.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Nov 20, 2015 5:01:57 PM

The Value of Log Structured Merge Trees

Indexes are usually built by way of a data structure; typically, that structure takes the form of a “tree.” Most commonly, the structure of choice is a B-Tree, which is a hierarchical organization defined by the arrangement and interactions of its nodes.

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