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 these predictions I’ve already alluded to here on the Apica blog,
but I also included a few we haven’t yet discussed. VMblog.com published my
post a few weeks ago, and they were kind enough to let me share it with you
here as well. So read on for my post, “2013: The year of application
While all eyes were on Tampa, Fla. and Charlotte, N.C. these last two weeks
for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, we had our eyes, and
monitors, on Twitter to see if and how these events impacted Twitter’s
As is the case with most big news events today, people took to Twitter in a
big way for real-time information and broke some records in the process.
After the Republican National Convention (RNC) concluded last week, Twitter
reported that 4 million tweets were sent out in total about the RNC.
Following the conclusion of President Obama’s s... (more)
At the end of 2012, Apica conducted a massive load test for an election
campaign organization. It was the largest load test we ever conducted,
surpassing the two million virtual user mark we set earlier that year. The
load test clocked in at over 200,000 requests per second for an entire hour.
To put this in context, roughly 23,000 Google searches occurred every second
at the time.
At the end of 2013, we blew our own record out of the water. After being
contracted to conduct a load test for a well known government, we reached
over 620,000 requests per second with over 1 million ... (more)
On Monday, Amazon Web Services — the leading provider of cloud services —
suffered an outage, and as a result, a long list of well-known and popular
websites went dark. According to Amazon’s Service Health Dashboard, the
outage started out as degraded performance of a small number of Elastic Bloc
Store (EBS) storage units in the US-EAST-1 Region, then evolved to include
problems with the Relational Database Service and Elastic Beanstalk as well.
WEBSITE DOWN: AWS outage takes down Reddit and other popular sites
The only surprising thing about this AWS outage was that anyone was sur... (more)
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 a... (more)