I’ve written before about how capacity planning and load testing tools can
help companies prepare for a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, but
we’ve begun to see a new class of attacks emerge, called Advanced
Persistent Threats (APT), whose aim is much more sinister than a slow
response time or “page not found” error.
What is an Advanced Persistent Threat?
The intentions behind APT are all about espionage — not just
state-sponsored espionage but also extensive and well-organized industrial
espionage. APT is not about any particular technology or technique. The
actual attack can range from social engineering, viruses and trojans, network
sniffing, and even brute-force attacks. What makes an APT attack new and
different is that it is perpetrated by well-financed organizations that have
a specific goal to achieve. While the ordinary hacker will simply look for... (more)
In the past few weeks, I’ve had several conversations about the
announcement that Kaazing and Apica are teaming up to deliver performance
monitoring for HTML5 WebSocket. I’ve found that many people are still
largely unfamiliar with the HTML5 WebSocket standard, so I want to offer a
clear explanation of how powerful the technology is, why it will quickly
become the new standard for interactive web applications, and the challenges
it presents in performance monitoring.
WebSocket is important
Similar to HTTP, the WebSocket standard is two parts. One part is the W3C’s
HTML5 WebSock... (more)
The London 2012 Olympics started off strong on Friday night as the host
country treated sports fans and patriots across the globe to a memorable
opening ceremony: a look at country history during the Agricultural and
Industrial Revolutions, a parachute arrival by the Queen and James Bond, and
an emotional performance by Sir Paul McCartney. The ceremony attracted a
record number of viewers — 40.7 million — and a record number of tweets
as well. From 8 p.m. in the U.K. through the end of the delayed U.S.
broadcast, 9.66 million tweets referenced the opening ceremony.
Despite the r... (more)
Last month, EMA Research Director Julie Craig and I conducted our webinar,
“A Fresh Approach to Cloud Application Optimization: What’s Now, What’s
New, and What’s Coming.” If you weren’t able to attend, here’s some
of what you missed.
Detailed explanation on why traditional thinking just won’t cut it for
performance management. Due to today’s high-performance cloud applications
and the fact that companies are running an extremely diverse mix of
applications, the old traditions just won’t give you an accurate prediction
of performance. If performance is unpredictable, a slowdown ... (more)
If you’ve been paying attention to our press releases for the past few
months, you’ve no doubt seen that we’ve been partnering with some of the
leaders in web, mobile, and cloud services. We’re thrilled to bring our
performance monitoring and load testing tools to a growing number of cloud
and application environments to improve the end-user experience.
So in the spirit of camaraderie, we’d like to take a moment to welcome some
of the newest members of the Apica ecosystem.
HP Cloud. Just this morning, Apica joined in the HP Cloud partner ecosystem,
providing HP Cloud Services cus... (more)