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Charles Rich

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jKool LLC, a new company, spinning-off from Nastel Technologies is a highly scalable, SaaS solution for streaming analytics of Big Data. The jKool API is used to add real-time analytics to applications which will now be able to stream data into the service at jKoolCloud.com.  The service analyzes the data as it arrives, delivering its users instant insight. The story of the origin of jKool is interesting.  Some of Nastel’s customers found themselves hitting up against the upper limits of the performance and scalability of their relational databases.  These customers were trying to acquire insight into their customer data in order to make strategic decisions for competitive advantage.  And to further complicate the situation, the value in the data had a shelf-life.  If they didn’t figure out what the data meant quick enough, it would be stale and worthless. At Naste... (more)

APM Fade Away? NO WAY!

Recently an article came out stating that APM was going the way of the space shuttle.  Too expensive, outdated, not needed and so on.  There were statistics given indicating that APM products were growing out of favor as well.  Balderdash! To my experience most customers don’t even use the acronym APM or what it stands for, application performance monitoring. Many enterprises have shared services, IT operations and application development groups and they all monitor or test the performance of their respective resources. Statistics are a funny thing.  Depending on when you ask som... (more)

Bursting Big Data’s Bubble: Playing the Pattern

Nastel recently joined a conversation on Infoworld.com around what writer Dan Tynan described as “IT’s worst addictions.” From our perspective, data is one of these addictions, and by far one of the biggest pain points that the IT industry is forced to deal with today. ‘Big Data’ is the hot potato of 2012—everyone is talking about it and the term is increasingly tossed around within operational circles in organizations. Everyone wants to know “What are we doing about Big Data?” or “What’s our Big Data strategy?” If you’re a vendor and you don’t have a solution to manage it, ana... (more)

How a “Momentum Oscillator” Helps with Performance Monitoring

Your day is going great.  Traffic was light, coffee is good this morning and the application release that you’ve been working on forever is being released today. One more acceptance test run and it’s a go!  Life is good….. until the call from server support. During final testing, the application started hoarding resources, otherwise known as a leak. Abnormal usage continues to rise.  Support had no idea that there was a problem. The server has failed.  Everyone from the CIO to the guy in the mailroom is in a panic.  This has happened more times than anyone wants to admit. In mos... (more)

Are You Riding the Java Performance Rollercoaster?

We all wish we could predict the future.  It would be wonderful to tell when a stock was going to go up before it did.  Unfortunately, most of us are not psychic.  In order to be successful in the stock market, you need to be lucky or spend a lot of time analyzing the behavior of the stocks.  Wouldn’t it be valuable if you were able to predict the up and down performance behavior of your Java applications and make adjustments to avoid unfavorable impacts on your company?  We find that one of the biggest impacts of not being able to predict application behavior, is that companie... (more)