Performance is a Journey not a Destination!
  • Performance is the silent killer to an online brand. Posted on September 30th, 2010 by Catchpoint Systems

    Slow web performance is the new downtime – it’s the silent killer to an online brand. In my experience, prior to 2005, companies worried about uptime, as everyone was being measured on uptime and how many 9s they could achieve. Since then, a lot has changed, better and cheaper hardware, better hosting, virtualization, and now […]

  • Transparency. My Hat to you Facebook. Posted on September 24th, 2010 by Catchpoint Systems

    I was impressed yesterday by how Facebook dealt with their first outage in 4 years. They kept everyone informed via twitter, blog and their status page. I think they were transparent to some degree about the issue. More companies need to do this. My Hat to you Facebook! Here is a list of other great […]

  • Active versus Passive Monitoring Posted on September 23rd, 2010 by Catchpoint Systems

    External web performance monitoring tools utilize agents to simulate user activity on a given URL. These tools are also known as Active Monitoring Tools (as they actively simulate transactions) or Synthetic Monitoring Tools. Synthetic Monitoring Solutions rely on browser emulators or actual automated browsers to execute HTTP activity, in others words, to request URLs or load webpages. In […]

  • Catchpoint September Release Posted on September 20th, 2010 by Catchpoint Systems

    We have completed the roll out of the September release. The new version of Catchpoint includes the following new features and enhancements: Transaction Testing enhancements (Beta) Hostname.bind in Waterfall Report for DNS monitors Charting Performance Improvements Debug on Error Enhancements HTML Tests Preview Waterfall Reports Summary enhancements Request Cookies tracking Ability to Set default columns for Waterfall […]

  • Trac-Research reviews Catchpoint Posted on September 20th, 2010 by Catchpoint Systems

    CATCHPOINT SYSTEMS LOOKING TO CAPITALIZE ON NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN THE WEB EXPERIENCE MONITORING MARKET Web experience monitoring solutions have traditionally been drawing interest from industry sectors that conduct most of their business online. With the proliferation of public cloud services and SaaS applications, more internally facing business-critical applications are being delivered across the public internet […]

  • Anatomy of an HTTP Transaction Posted on September 17th, 2010 by Catchpoint Systems

    Please check also the new version:  Revisiting the Anatomy of HTTP Part1 and Part2 When dealing with web performance monitoring or optimization, it is important to learn the fundamentals of the HTTP protocol. The web as we know is built on top of this protocol, which has a large impact on performance of a webpage. Understanding […]

  • What is best metric in Web Performance Monitoring? Average, Percentiles, or Standard Deviation? Posted on September 2nd, 2010 by Catchpoint Systems

      We are often asked what is the best metric to look at when monitoring web performance: average, percentiles, or standard deviation? It turns out that none of these are optimal, but that, depending on the type of measurement, either percentiles or standard deviations make good approximations. Response, or the time it takes to load an […]

  • How Online Tracking Companies Failed to Properly Track IE7 Viewers in the Last 4 Years. Posted on August 24th, 2010 by Catchpoint Systems

    Counting discrepancies in impressions, page-views, and other visitor data impact every online tracking company, publisher, and marketer. The cost of such problems varies and it impacts directly everyone involved. The sooner the problem is found and solved, the better it is for all. Adservers, Ad Networks, Web Analytics, and Behavioral Targeting companies – all have […]

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