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Enterprises are moving more and more applications to the cloud. Gartner predicts that the bulk of new IT spending by 2016 will be for cloud computing platforms and applications and that nearly half of large enterprises will have cloud deployments by the end of 2017.1 The far-reaching...
Setting up a deployment process on the cloud means a variety of choices. Most likely you’re prepared to make some tradeoffs. But getting a view across these potential tradeoffs can be difficult. Here are six popular deployments and advice for making the best choice for your organizatio...
We first discussed Super Bowl lessons learned around bloated web pages that brought down sites like Kia.com. On the other side, GoDaddy did a great job in reducing the page load just for the time of the Super Bowl to ensure that their site wouldn’t go down. But there is more to learn ...
For years, the benefits of moving to the cloud – including lowered costs, flexibility and faster time-to-market – have been espoused. But among IT professionals, there remains widespread reticence about migrating mission-critical applications over, due in large part to performance conc...
How often do you deploy new software? Once a month, once a week or every hour? The more often you deploy the smaller your changes will be. That’s good! Why? Because smaller changes tend to be less risky since it’s easier to keep track of what has really changed. For developers, it’s ce...
There’s been plenty written and predicted about the future of cloud and Software-as-a-Service, and it’s hard to argue with its benefits – for both organizations and users. If our cloud-based future is to come true though, we must pay closer attention to the service levels users are get...
While any load testing solution will enable you to do some sort of load testing in your Agile environment, comparatively few enable you to follow recommended best practices and overcome the challenges many teams face with load and performance testing on an Agile project. Agile teams ...
The new wonder metal, graphene, is being looked at as a building block for communications and electronic devices on the level of what the transistor was sixty years ago. Graphene is a one-atom thick, mesh-like (think hexagonal honeycomb or chicken wire), semi metal that will add more ...
So many organizations switched to third-party help desk solutions without really putting in place any performance measures or tracking mechanisms to really measure how good – or bad – the support is. Some executives got a big bonus for “thinking out of the box” and coming up with a c...
In the race to implement Continuous Delivery, emphasis on build-and-deploy has overshadowed Continuous Testing. Service Virtualization's simulation technology allows you to test your component in a complete environment—any time you want. "Part of the problem with service virtualizati...
With retail busy swinging for the fences this past holiday season, merchants and marketers may have forgotten to include IT when they launched big events to hit their targets. As both industry professionals and shoppers know, if your site doesn’t load properly, then “the conversion tha...
If last year underscored anything, it was the significant and far-reaching impact of breaches by trusted insiders – case in point, the Edward Snowden affair. What makes this such a critical trend for 2014 is the fact that as more and more organizations are adopting cloud strategies, th...
With the "API economy" dominating the headlines in 2013, it's no surprise that Parasoft saw a surge of interest in how to ensure API reliability, security, and performance. Here's a recap of the 13 most-accessed API Integrity resources from 2013... API Integrity: How Buggy Are Today's...
We recently completed a proof-of-concept (POC) that involved pulling data out of DynamoDB and into Redshift so that business users could analyze the data in an ad hoc manner with JasperSoft. JasperSoft and Redshift are touted as the new way to do data warehousing in the cloud and we we...
Like millions of other Americans, I learned the other night about the massive data breach at Target. The Washington Post is reporting that sensitive details on over 40 million credit and debit cards were exposed. While the information associated with the crime is still coming out, the ...
While some providers tout the evils of running agents on your system and can oft be heard shouting, "no agents here!!!", we prefer to keep an open mind at Logentries. We'd rather not dictate to our community what approach to take when collecting log data nor do we try to prescribe what...
As e-commerce continues to widen its reach beyond the traditional browser onto connected devices – smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. – ensuring that you are ready to handle peak season traffic has become a very important consideration for retailers. It is critical to plan appropriate...
Cyber Monday commerce sales are expected to reach $2.2 billion this year, according to the Adobe Digital Index 2013 Online Shopping Forecast, making the Monday after Thanksgiving one of the most important days of the year for online retailers. Adobe also estimates that Cyber Monday sal...
Why be thankful for service virtualization and simulated test environments? Because it helps you test earlier, faster, and more completely. To reduce the risk of business interruption in today's interconnected systems, organizations need to test across a complex set of applications, s...
Security-as-a-service provides the necessary ingredient to transform continuous monitoring from compliance mandate to best practice: real time monitoring. Every 4,000 miles or so I bring my car into have the oil changed, the brakes checked and tires rotated. Why? Because I know if I l...
Mobile performance will make or break retailers this holiday shopping season – so the importance of application performance management (APM) cannot be underestimated. The convergence of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Hannukah and Christmas shopping combined with a record level of mobile s...
These testing demons lurk around complex interconnected systems, just waiting to wreak havoc by forcing you to delay testing, work at dreadful hours, or make distressing trade-offs on the completeness of your testing… You're ready to test the part of the system that you're responsible...
When you think of security do you think of locks, guards or even your home security alarm? At the moment security is more likely to bring up thoughts of hackers, PRISM and well-publicized data breaches. Of course I think of the cloud when discussing security. In the contemporary world...
A leading telcom's testing efforts were regularly delayed & cut short due to test environment access constraints. Learn how service virtualization helped. To accelerate application release cycles, KPN needed to address a critical bottleneck in the testing process. Their end-to-end tes...
A few weeks ago I was trying to update some files I have stored on a cloud storage service (that will remain nameless). I had moved my files there a while back as a way to make it easier to access them from my various devices and to avoid losing them during the next inevitable hard dri...
At times, I can be a bit of a procrastinator. If there is no pressing need to clean out the garage this week, shop for holiday gifts, or do my taxes, I can easily be convinced to let it go until next week or next month. Inevitably, though, something happens that makes me wish I hadn’t ...
IT leaders are improving security and reducing risks as they adapt to new -- and often harsh -- realities of doing business online. In Part 2 of our cybersecurity series, we now explore how CSC itself, in a strategic partnership with HP, is improving its cybersecurity posture -- drink...
Cloud services have really captured the imagination. According to a Gartner survey 71% of organizations have adopted SaaS (Software as a Service) within the last three years. Quality Assurance teams, however, seem to have missed the boat, barely leveraging the benefits of the cloud. Wh...
Incident management (IM) is a necessary part of a security program. When effective, it mitigates business impact, identifies weaknesses in controls, and helps fine-tune response processes. Traditional IM approaches, however, are not always effective in a partially or completely virtual...
"This round of funding will accelerate our current expansion around the globe," said SOASTA CEO Tom Lounibos this morning, as he announced the closure of $30 million in a so-called "growth-stage investment" to help SOASTA extend its leadership position in the rapidly evolving and high-...
Last month, I went to my engineering school, where I graduated 15 years ago, to attend the Annual Gala. While there, I met a few young engineers who asked about my job. This raised a question: “What would make them join my team?” In the IT world, the demand for highly skilled software...
This is the third episode of the mini-series on e-commerce performance management. Our client TescaraHats (name changed for commercial reasons), a European market leader in manufacturing customized hats, did not achieve the expected sales increase with its new e-commerce site. It offer...
In my recent article, "Five Steps to Improve E-Commerce Performance for Increased Sales: Introduction” I discussed problems encountered by our client TescaraHats (name changed for commercial reasons), a European market leader in manufacturing customized hats. The company quickly realiz...
Complexity is the new reality of web and mobile applications with almost no new release going out without the addition of services and applications spread across many different companies. But the reality of this new interrelationship is still the same: If a third-party Internet outage ...
The saying “if it doesn’t exist on the Internet, it doesn’t exist”[1] is ringing truer every day. Nowadays, it is hard to imagine most businesses without an e-commerce platform, let alone without a web presence at all. Since e-commerce is becoming the new standard, e-commerce performan...
Part 2 of a two part blog series looking at the journey enterprise IT departments take as they increasingly seek to understand the relationships and impact of IT infrastructure performance on application performance and business services. Through observation, Fred notices that even...
Part 1 – of a two part series looking at the journey enterprise IT departments take as they increasingly seek to understand the relationships and impact of IT infrastructure performance on application performance and business services. As a product manager at Netuitive, I’m often put...
I wrote a blog for Cloud Ecosystem last month that talks about the disruption potential of hybrid clouds for disaster recovery. You can read it here: Hybrid Cloud will Transform Disaster Recovery. Within a few days CloudVelocity CTO Anand Iyengar weighed in shortly after with: The Hy...
A question that every online application provider will face eventually is: Does my application scale? Can I add an extra 100 users and still ensure the same user experience? If the application architecture is properly designed the easiest way is to put an additional server behind the l...
QASymphony is the company behind qTest, a new test management tool that’s aiming to empower test teams. As software development has increasingly moved towards Agile methodology, with its focus on fast delivery, thorough documentation has fallen by the wayside and test cycles have short...