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
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)
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)
FAST TRACK: Apica named one of the fastest growing companies by the Deloitte
Technology Fast 500 EMEA
Great news! For the second year in a row, Apica has been ranked on the
Deloitte Technology Fast 500 as one of the fastest growing technology
companies in the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa). We’ve been
working diligently over the past year to add new partners; expand our
geographic footprint; deliver even more comprehensive cloud, web, and mobile
performance monitoring and testing solutions; and all around improve service
delivery for our customers worldwide.
And all... (more)