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Archive for June, 2013

Report from Velocity day 2

thumb-day2Day two of the Velocity conference in Santa Clara is over and before we head to get some shut-eye we’ll give you an update of the day. It certainly was packed from early morning with interesting and exciting sessions.

Although we tried to take in as much of the presentations as possible we also spent time in the exhibit area as well as in the hallways to talk to colleagues, partners, and others. Arguably much of the value you get from attending Velocity comes from the time you spend in between sessions. Now, let’s have a look at what happened today.

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World downtime map

world downtime mapWe all know that things happen on the Internet and sites go down for all kinds of reasons. If something would happen to your site you should, of course, monitor it so you are the first to know of any issues. Just as you have backup and antivirus in place for your computer, you should have monitoring in place for your websites.

To give you an idea of how the Internet is feeling right now, we created this animated map of the world. It shows all the outages we have detected in the last hour (on a rolling basis). That means that whenever you visit the page it will show you the outages we’ve detected in the past our, so it’s always giving you an up-to-date view of what’s been happening around the world as we see it.

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beep-150x150Today we’re announcing the immediate and exclusive availability of the beta version of our brand new alert system called BeepManager to participants at the Velocity conference. The BeepManager represents another important step on our quest to make the web faster and more reliable.

We completely overhauled the alert system in our monitoring services and created something very modern and flexible. With the new BeepManager you can manage and track incidents, set a currently On-duty Schedule as well as a planned Maintenance Schedule. Incidents can automatically escalate following an Alert Policy, and users can assign, reassign, acknowledge, and complete tasks.

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Report from Velocity day 1

day1-thumbDay one of the Velocity conference in Santa Clara is over and we’ve had a great day. From arriving this morning to finishing up the sessions in the afternoon, it was full speed ahead with web performance and ops.

We’ve rarely seen such a high concentration of web geeks in one place, and even though the wifi was shaky to say the least, we had a great time. Here’s a brief report from the first day of Velocity.

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velocity-150x150Pingdom is again packing its bags and heading to the annual Velocity Conference in Santa Clara, California. It’s a place where the core of our industry meets up to share experience and knowledge, and debate how we best solve the issues facing us all.

Velocity for us is very much about exploring and finding out the most interesting things when and where you least expect it. This includes presentations and tutorials, the always-rewarding hallway track, and everything in between.

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How to gear up for DreamHack

dreamhack pingdomDreamHack is a big event by any measure and some Pingdom geeks will be at the next one starting this Saturday June 15.  How about almost 21k participants in 2011, 12,000 devices connected to the LAN, and 120Gbps Internet connection?

DreamHack is a LAN party, concert, digital arts festival, and more, all rolled into one, and you need to be properly prepared to take advantage of everything on offer. After exhaustive research in the Pingdom HQ and beyond we’ve compiled a list of our suggestions for the must-have essentials for DreamHack besides the computer, of course. The clothes, computer accessories and more you just shouldn’t be without.

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Pingdom’s must-read articles #49

web performanceHere is the latest collection of must-read articles for the weekend. We regularly publish these lists with what we hope is useful and interesting content for you. The topics vary but we try to include website monitoring, web performance, devops, and more.

This week we have selected articles on front-end latency, high-performance browser networking, and more.

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zfs pingdomWe collect a lot of data every day. In 2012, our monitoring system registered almost 65 million downtimes, we stored 106 billion monitoring results, and we handled other types of data for 300,000+ customers.

Something we’re now using for a small part of all the data we process and store each day is ZFS and its snapshot feature. So far it’s proven to be a reliable, fast, and flexible solution, and we think this is something you also would want to consider for your infrastructure.

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