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  • A Web Performance Broken Promise! Posted on August 8th, 2012 by Mehdi Daoudi

    This is a fictitious conversation, I envisioned yesterday between a big e-commerce company and their CDN provider. “Dear CDN, when you approached me many years ago, you promised me web performance, speed, reliability and a headache free content delivery system.  Today I happened to be on the phone with Catchpoint and they showed me how slow my sites are. They showed me […]

  • Web Performance Pixie Dust! Posted on August 3rd, 2012 by Mehdi Daoudi

      If you believe in Fairy Tales, Santa, and Magic Kingdoms, please stop reading this post immediately! In the past few weeks, I have been bombarded by catch phrases and soundbites like these: Hey that 3rd party that is causing all kind of issues told me its the monitoring tool that is wrong. They assured me […]

  • How Hot is Your Web Performance? Posted on July 16th, 2012 by Mehdi Daoudi

    I have always been very impressed by people who can: Extract Information from Data and turn it into Knowledge. In my day-to-day job there are 3 people who inspire me with either their vision, doing or both. – John Rauser at Amazon, as I said before, this guy is pure awesomeness (99th percentile awesome) An inspiration to […]

  • How to Test & Benchmark CDNs? Posted on July 11th, 2012 by Mehdi Daoudi

      I recently came across a very interesting post about CDN testing by Jonathan Klein, someone I respect tremendously in the Web Performance world. During his tests with Webpagetest he was unable to “see” the value provided by the CDN on his site. I wanted to follow-up on his blog and share some of the […]

  • Veni, Vidi, Vici Web Performance – Velocity 2012 Posted on July 3rd, 2012 by Mehdi Daoudi

    Like every performance geek, I just came back from my 4th Conference pilgrimage. This year’s 2012 Velocity Conf was fantastic! Throughout the conference I got the feeling that people are starting to take performance more seriously than ever. Attendance was up and there were a lot of new faces alongside the veterans. The theme this year was: Building […]

  • 10 Golden Rules for 3rd Party Providers Posted on June 26th, 2012 by Mehdi Daoudi

          This June probably set the record for large scale failures on the Internet. First Facebook experienced an outage that lasted hours from May 31st to June 1st. On June 14 a several users were complaining on Twitter that Google services were down – luckily it lasted about 10-15 minutes and had no […]

  • NBC is your DNS Ready for the Olympics? Updated 7/6/2012 Posted on June 4th, 2012 by Mehdi Daoudi

    I have always been a big fan of the Olympics, as I was growing up it was a huge family event, another occasion to get together, eat, shout, and laugh. In the US, to keep up with the medals you have to rely on NBC, as they are the official broadcaster for TV and Web. […]

  • Facebook Outage: Wake Up Call For Websites! Posted on June 1st, 2012 by Mehdi Daoudi

    Back in October 2011 we wrote about web pages turning into airports without air controllers. Web pages have become a very complex ecosystem relying on many third-party tags for advertising, behavioral targeting, social plugins, etc. This is all fine and many of these are great solutions. However, very few websites have adopted a policy of ensuring […]

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