Optimizing APM in the Cloud: A Retrospective Approach for Future Success

The growth and maturity of the cloud has required us, as tech pros, to manage an increasingly complex web of applications spanning on-premises, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments. While this affords us greater flexibility, agility, and scalability day-to-day, these changes to how we deliver applications are making traditional monitoring techniques much more difficult (sometimes impossible), while […]

How To Create Optimized Docker Images For Production

Optimizing Docker images is a tricky feat. You have a lot to learn, with numerous things that can go wrong. Ask Matthew McConaughey from Interstellar. “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” – Murphy, a smart dude You want to have a quick feedback loop between pushing code to your GitHub repository and deploying […]

I asked 12 APM companies about the future of APM, here’s what they said

Application Performance Monitoring (APM) first started in the late 1990s with companies such as Precise (acquired by Symantec, spun off and then acquired by Idera), Wily Technology (acquired by CA Technologies) and Mercury Interactive (acquired by HP Software Division). In the 2000s APM tools continued to be acquired by larger vendors. Then over the past decade, […]

100 Top Server Monitoring & Application Performance Monitoring Solutions

Last Updated: August 26th 2019 – replaced a few defunct, acquired or unmaintained solutions.  November 29th 2018 – Site24x7 replaces Coscale. Coscale was recently acquired by New Relic.  Oct 11th 2018 update: 100+ – Fixed 11 broken links. (including defunct, mergers, acquisitions, or changed links) December 1st 2017 update: 70 100 Top Server Monitoring & Application Performance Monitoring Tools. August 6th 2017 update: 50 […]

Your Web Host Doesn’t Want You To Read This: Benchmark Your VPS

June 17th 2019: Added instructions for network speed test using speedtest-cli script. Oct 31st 2017: Also see this list of command line scripts. Nov 2nd 2016: Included quick dd commands to check cached vs uncached disk read performance. This article will highlight using the ‘dd’ Unix command for a quick benchmark of your Linux server or VPS. […]

Nginx tuning tips: TLS/SSL HTTPS – Improved TTFB/latency

Since 30th June 2018, the PCI Security Standards Council requires that support for SSL 3.0 and TLS 1.0 be disabled. TLS 1.1 or higher must be used and TLS 1.2 is strongly recommended. In addition, as of July 2018, Google Chrome began to mark ‘HTTP’ web sites as “not secure”. Over the past few years, the […]

When is it time to add more application monitoring?

Guest post by James Paden, Partner at Instrumental At Instrumental, we often talk about getting started with monitoring. In the past, we’ve covered the critical, but basic, metrics everyone needs on our Ultimate Monitoring Metrics Cheatsheet (many of which are gathered by out-the-box system and service monitoring). We also wrote the Quick-Start Guide to Monitoring […]

“MySQL server has gone away” error – Solution(s)

MySQL server has gone away error means that MySQL server (mysqld) timed out and closed the connection. By default, MySQL will close connections after eight hours (28800 seconds) if nothing happens. However, in some cases your web host, DBA or app developer may have decreased this timeout setting, discussed below. MySQL server has gone away, can be […]

25 Best CDN Providers 2019

A content delivery network, also referred to as a content distribution network (CDN) is a geographically distributed network of data centers containing proxy servers. CDN Providers serve Internet content, including web objects (text, graphics and scripts), downloadable objects (media files, software, documents), applications (e-commerce, portals), live streaming media, etc… closer to and thus faster, to end users. Some of the main advantages […]

Pruning Magento Cache & Sessions Using Cron

Note: Magento 1.x only. Over the weekend a client contacted me because they had serious performance issues with their Magento based store. The three main issues were: Checkout taking more than 30 seconds to complete after clicking to submit payment. (Causing double orders/payments and users just leaving the store) Login to the front or back end […]