Performance is a Journey not a Destination!
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    Bring the Power of Catchpoint to Where You Need It Most Posted on November 17th, 2015 by Dennis Callaghan

    When I tell tech industry business contacts that I work for Catchpoint now, the reaction is fairly predictable: “Catchpoint? The web performance guys?” Or maybe, “Oh, that synthetic monitoring company?” Why yes, we are a company that’s come to redefine the web/Internet performance management space and “Synthetic Monitoring” remains our flagship product. But, Catchpoint does […]

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    China’s Singles Day: Previewing the Biggest eCommerce Day of the Year Posted on November 9th, 2015 by Dennis Callaghan

    China’s Singles Day is upon us again this Wednesday, as the world’s largest concentration of Internet users gears up for a one-day online spending spree that dwarfs eCommerce in the US for the entire five-day Thanksgiving weekend, including Cyber Monday. First, some background: China’s Singles Day traces its origins to 1993, when students at China’s […]

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    Velocity NY ’15 Review Part II: How Etsy Turns Monitoring Data into Actionable Alerts Posted on October 28th, 2015 by Dennis Callaghan

    Most people know Etsy as the online marketplace for handmade craft items from around the world. The 10-year-old eCommerce site processes nearly $2 billion worth of transactions a year. Just as it sells handmade merchandise, Etsy takes a “craft” approach to its web operations using open source tooling rather than commercial off-the-shelf software. The company’s […]

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    Velocity NY ’15 Review Part I: Revving Up Browser Speed and Performance Posted on October 20th, 2015 by Dennis Callaghan

    When I was an industry analyst covering the application performance management space at 451 Research, one of the broad trends I was following was something that I called “preventive performance management.” It was a new-ish class of tools that moved beyond traditional monitoring and triage of performance issues to apply technologies like analytics, event correlation, […]

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    Neustar UltraDNS Went Down and Took Netflix (and Half the Internet) With it Posted on October 16th, 2015 by Maria Eldridge

    Neustar UltraDNS experienced a major outage due to a suspected DDoS attack on Thursday, October 15, at approximately 4:20 PM EST and lasted for roughly 90 minutes. It was later discovered that the outage was the result of a technical malfunction rather than a DDoS attack; however, it still prohibited the company from providing services to its […]

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    Another Facebook Outage Causes Ripple Effects Around the Web Posted on September 29th, 2015 by Craig Lowell

    Yesterday afternoon, beginning at around 3 pm EST, Facebook started experiencing intermittent outages around the globe for the second time this week due to what the company called a “configuration issue.” And over the course of the next 90 minutes, as the outages became increasingly prevalent, users flocked to a variety of other social networks […]

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    Politics and Performance: Trump Still Winning in Both Areas Posted on September 18th, 2015 by Craig Lowell

    The last time we looked in on the Republican Primary candidates’ websites, the initial goal was to see if the first debate resulted in any performance snafus due to increased traffic. Obviously every candidate wants to drive potential donors to their websites, and there’s no better time for them to do it than when they’re […]

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    Ad-Blocking on Apple iOS9: Valuing the End User Experience Posted on September 14th, 2015 by Mehdi Daoudi

    A while back, we covered how the abundance of third party tags can impact site performance and some best practices for managing the third parties on your site for ensuring the best overall end user experience. Having recognized the impact of these third party ads and trackers, Apple is now allowing third party ad-blocking apps […]

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    Back to School Performance Results and Preparing for Black Friday Posted on September 11th, 2015 by Craig Lowell

    Back to School sales are more than just a harbinger of doom for children and a shining beacon of light for parents who can’t wait to get them back out of the house. They also serve as a valuable benchmarking resource for eCommerce DevOps teams, as the web traffic during Back to School sales doubles […]

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    Should Your Domain Include WWW? Posted on August 31st, 2015 by Mehdi Daoudi

    We operate in an industry where most of the people who work in development, engineering, IT Operations, etc. optimize their sites to death, trying to squeeze every millisecond out of their load times. Yet sometimes, techniques that are staring us right in the face go unnoticed. Recently, as I was trying to buy a new […]

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