For our latest web performance benchmark we decided to take a look at some
popular music streaming sites. There are obviously dozens of websites and
applications that allow you to listen to your favorite tunes at anytime and
from anywhere so we decided to hone in specifically on those sites that are
browser-based. This qualification might have left out a few fan favorites,
namely Spotify (though if the rumors are true, Spotify will launch a
browser-based version soon, and Apple might not be too far behind). But we
thought it would allow us to give the most accurate and comparable round-up
of website performance.
So without further ado, the availability and average response times of some
of the popular, browser-based music streaming sites this summer were:
Pandora topped the chart as the most reliable choice, with 99.98 percent
availability and 3.4 second response ... (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)
Earlier this week, Amazon added a brand new Amazon Web Services (AWS) Region
to its Global Infrastructure. The Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region, as it is
being called, offers important benefits to organizations operating in this
area. Companies can run their cloud-based applications through the new AWS
data center to reduce latency and other performance issues for local users
without having to own and operate their own costly infrastructure.
The new AWS Region is great news for Apica customers as well, who can now use
the Amazon Cloud to test and monitor their websites and application... (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)
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)