Retailers might have started offering online holiday discounts earlier than
in years past, but that didn’t seem to have much effect on retail activity
or sales this Cyber Monday. According to IBM, Internet sales rose 30.3
percent yesterday, making it the biggest online shopping day ever.
Online traffic for the day has not yet been reported, but the exact number of
web shoppers isn’t really that important, at least as far as website
performance is concerned. That’s because, with only minor exceptions, the
top online retailers continued to deliver the consistent availability and
quick response times that we reported during Thanksgiving weekend.
Two retailers were able to retain the near-instantaneous response times of
the previous four days. Liberty Media Corp and Systemax delivered average
response times of 0.51 seconds and 0.92 seconds, respectively. Several
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)
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)
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)
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)