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Top Five Content Management Challenges You Need to Solve Now This is a guest post from Cloudinary, a cloud-based image and video management solution. We are always looking for ways to help companies deliver digital experiences that will meet customers expectations in terms of content and performance. Tackling these 5 challenges is a good step towards delivering a top-notch digital experience. We are in the midst of a great evolution when it comes to website design. Formerly text-heavy sites now rely on eye-catching images and video to draw in visitors, improve engagement rates and drive readership. These results are proven. Articles with relevant images get 94 percent more total views, according to digital marketing expert Jeff Bullas. And images are vital to websites influencing page views and user engagement for news articles, press material, local search, eCommer... (more)

‘Tis the Season for Online Shopping | @DevOpsSummit #WebPerf #APM #Monitoring

‘Tis the Season for Online Shopping By Dawn Parzych The holiday shopping season, a time when Americans flock to the malls or online to find those must-have gifts, is about to kick off. Kids are pouring over catalogs and compiling their wish lists, adults are looking at the Black Friday ads to find the best bargain, and retailers are hoping they don’t make the news for failure to meet customers’ expectations. Every year, retailers go into Black Friday thinking they have done everything they can and are prepared for the onslaught of visitors, but sadly each year there are some lef... (more)

A Practical Guide to SLAs | @CloudExpo #APM #SaaS #Cloud #DevOps

A Practical Guide to SLAs By Mehdi Daoudi While visiting a customer last week (a large SaaS platform company), we started to have an interesting discussion around Service Level Agreements (SLAs) during which he encouraged me to write this blog. When I was tasked with setting up the QoS Team at DoubleClick in 1999, the primary mission was to setup a monitoring team (internal, external, etc.) and the secondary mission was actually an accidental one: to manage our SLAs. This became a hot priority in 2001, we paid out over $1 million (in real money) in penalties for SLA violations to ... (more)

Security (SSL) Has a Performance Tax | @DevOpsSummit @Catchpoint #DevOps #ContinuousTesting

Security (SSL) Has a Performance Tax By Mehdi Daoudi While on a call with a customer last week, I was faced with the question of why the customer’s site had slowed down, even after they had switched to full SSL. Well, to be honest, it’s pretty obvious; SSL is more expensive from a web performance perspective. However, it wasn’t until I saw this chart that I realized how bad it has gotten. Every metric jumped, and jumped by a lot! The worrisome spikes here are obviously the render start, onload, and webpage response. The problem is that when you introduce SSL, you are also forcin... (more)

DNS Experience Tests | @CloudExpo @CatchPoint #APM #DevOps

DNS Experience Tests: A Key Cog in the Online Ecosystem By Mehdi Daoudi A company’s collection of online systems is like a delicate ecosystem – all components must integrate with and complement each other, and one single malfunction in any of them can bring the entire system to a screeching halt. That’s why, when monitoring and analyzing the health of your online systems, you need a broad arsenal of different tools for your different needs. In addition to a wide-angle lens that provides a snapshot of the overall health of your system, you must also have precise, scalpel-like tools ... (more)