The National Retail Federation (NRF) predicts that this year’s holiday
sales will increase 4.1 percent to $586.1 billion. But here’s a wrinkle in
the data that nobody really records: The companies that are making money are
those that have fast, responsive websites. Companies with slow websites
won’t be cashing in this season.
In fact, a Kissmetrics report on shopping cart abandonment found that 40
percent of people abandon a website that takes more than three seconds to
load, and a less forgiving group of almost 50 percent of users expect a
website to load in two seconds or less. This is just the latest in a slew of
similar studies that have been produced since the dawn of the e-commerce era
that concludes website performance has a direct correlation to revenue
So what can you do to ensure your web pages load in two seconds or less?
Avoid the followin... (more)
For the past few years, our friends at VMblog.com have run an annual
prediction series forecasting the trends most likely to drive adoption of
cloud and virtualization technologies in the upcoming year. This is the
second year in a row that they’ve invited me to contribute, and I thought
long and hard about the assignment. After a deep gaze into my crystal ball, a
deliberate shuffle of the tarot cards, and much careful contemplation, I
settled on six major predictions, six changes to how solution providers and
organizations will approach performance management in 2013.
Some of t... (more)
So you made a decision to move to the Cloud – well done. With the proper
planning and approach, the cloud can provide the perfect dynamic
infrastructure for your organization and your web sites and services.
Following are five best practices to use. If you can consider these steps,
you will find the transition less painful.
RULES of the Game. Knowing that you will do well to pin your cloud supplier
down to an SLA that relates to how your application performs – not to a
certain size of billable infrastructure. TEST to see how your application
scales in the cloud. Is it stabl... (more)
You’ve depended on load testing and web monitoring to optimize cloud
applications for years. But what if a technology came along that rivaled
everything you thought you knew? Let us tell you what’s next for cloud
application optimization in our webinar, “A Fresh Approach to Cloud
Application Optimization: What’s Now, What’s New, and What’s Coming.”
Join EMA Research Director Julie Craig and I at 11 a.m. PDT/2 p.m. EDT on
July 25 to hear why cloud applications challenge traditional thinking about
performance and availability management, how developers can ensure their apps
yield ... (more)
Apica’s checks* confirm that Twitter.com experienced an outage beginning at
11:23 a.m. EDT. It remained completely down until 12:04 p.m., recovered
briefly, and then became unavailable again at approximately 12:15 p.m. At
12:58 p.m. Twitter started delivering server-side error codes — or a
“Twitter is currently down” message to some users.
TWITTER OUTAGE: Lights go out for Twitter users on Thursday morning
Twitter doesn’t appear to be completely out of the woods just yet. Users
along both coasts continue to experience problems connecting. We’ll
continue to monitor the situation a... (more)