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Sitting in traffic the other day reminded me of a stock trading company that gets millions of system alerts a day.  Millions!!!  Do they all need attention?  Only some?  How can you know without viewing them all?  There is no way to personally handle such an enormous amount of alerts.  To have someone sit and look through millions of messages a day and determine how critical the alert is or the validity of the alert is just impossible. Then, a car went by in the Carpool Lane. It occurred to me, that a business system is much like the carpool lane.  The carpool lane allows vehicles with two or more people to be fast tracked past the traffic.  Like the carpool lane, there need to be parameters that are able to identify which alerts are pertinent and allowed to speed through and which alerts are not.  We’re not suggesting that some messages hop around others and get to... (more)

Four Reasons Why Microservices Resonate | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Four Reasons Why Microservices Resonate We just finished the first O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference and the overwhelming most popular topic was microservices. Why all the hype about an architectural style? Microservices are the first post-DevOps revolution architecture. The DevOps revolution highlighted how much inadvertent friction an outdated operations mindset can cause, starting the move towards automating away manual tasks. By automating chores like machine provisioning and deployments, it suddenly became cheap to make changes that used to be expensive. Some archite... (more)

How We Came Up with jKool, for Big Data Analytics

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 t... (more)

Sorting Through the APM Clutter

Alexander Podelko, a performance expert working with Oracle, recently wrote a blog post in which he takes a look at the current state of the APM market and what he thinks needs to change in order for companies to get the most out of their solutions. In his post, Alex discusses the vagueness around the term APM – is it Application Performance Monitoring or Application Performance Management? The APM market is fairly crowded and not well defined – every solution claims to be the best at monitoring all of your application performance needs; however, that just isn’t the reality. And... (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)