Ranger4 DevOps Blog

Dynatrace Retain Leadership Position in NEW Gartner APM Magic Quadrant

Posted by Helen Beal on Tue, Jan 3, 2017 @ 14:01 PM

Last month Gartner released their 2016 Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Management and for the 7th consecutive year running, Dynatrace were listed as a leader with the highest ability to execute.

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Topics: Application Performance Management, APM, DPM, Digital Performance Management, Dynatrace, Gartner Magic Quadrant APM 2016

Betfair Won't Gamble with Database Performance

Posted by George Price on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 @ 16:09 PM

Betfair is the world's leading online betting exchange, a concept it pioneered. Driven by cutting-edge technology, Betfair enables customers to choose their own odds and bet against each other, even after an event has started. Betfair processes 7 million transactions a day and 99.9% of these transactions are completed in under a second.

Key Benefits:

  • Captured brief errors other solutions couldn't detect
  • Occupied less than 1% of CPU resource in already highly-stressed serversAutomated testing previously done manually
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Topics: APM, Appdynamics, Case Story

Serving Up Application and Infrastructure Visibility For Kraft Foods

Posted by Steve Green on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 @ 16:07 PM

Kraft Foods is a powerhouse food and beverage company that is home to some of the world’s iconic brands including Planters, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Kool-Aid, Oscar Mayer, Cracker Barrel, Maxwell House, Jell-O, and of course, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. The company boasts annual sales of $18+ billion, and its brands are found in 98% of North American households. Kraft’s flagship consumer website, KraftRecipes.com, attracts 40,967,289 during their peak months, and during the holiday season, their typical visitor tally jumps by 30 to 40 percent. High availability and performance are top priorities, especially during peak holiday seasons.

Key Benefits:

  • Unprecedented visibility into root causes of slowdowns and outages
  • A "single source of truth" in a multi-vendor environment
  • Rapid problem resolution
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Topics: APM, Appdynamics, Case Story

How Netflix Moved to the Cloud

Posted by Malcolm Namey on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 @ 16:04 PM

We love hearing about what DevOps unicorns like Netflix do and how we can learn from their experiences and help our customers transform into DevOps businesses - here are two stories from two of our favourite partners:

Netflix Builds Its Open Sourced Cloud Technologies on the CloudBees Platform

More than 36 million Netflix members worldwide view streamed content and access Netflix features delivered via cloud technology that the company has been developing since 2009. Netflix operates on a cloud platform based on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Over the years, Netflix engineers have developed numerous cloud tools and technologies, which the company has now shared with the development community as open source software.

Challenge: 

Support and promote contributions to the open source development of cloud technologies for video streaming and large-scale cloud deployments.

Solution: 

Use the CloudBees Platform, with Jenkins in the cloud, to streamline development, provide immediate build feedback to the community and minimize maintenance overhead and costs.

Results: 

  • Immediate feedback on builds
  • Minimal maintenance overhead
  • Cost-effective pricing

Products Used:

While many companies may be leery of freely sharing core technology, Netflix sees several compelling advantages to the move. First, the company aims to establish its solutions as standards that are widely used throughout the industry. Second, improvements contributed by the community to improve performance or add support for other cloud services will improve the standard for everyone, advancing the platform robustness and quality. Third, the move will burnish the company’s reputation as a technology leader, which was boosted in 2012 by winning an Emmy for Technical Achievement. Lastly, it will help Netflix attract, engage and retain expert engineers, because it can draw directly from a wide pool of proven contributors.

To help maximize these advantages, Netflix chose the CloudBees Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution to support the public builds of its NetflixOSS open source projects. “Open sourcing our cloud-based architecture projects is a way to reduce risk, improve our service and contribute to the broader cloud-based community,” says Gareth Bowles, senior tools engineer at Netflix. “The CloudBees platform is helping us achieve these objectives by enabling Netflix engineers and external contributors to rapidly build and test changes, instantly see the quality of the changes being made and continue to realize the benefits of continuous integration with Jenkins.”

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Topics: APM, Jenkins, CloudBees, continuous delivery, Appdynamics, Case Story

Test Factory Gives AppDynamics an A+ For Managing Performance of Cloud Apps

Posted by Steve Green on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 @ 10:03 AM

New Relic Dropped for AppDynamics; Test Factory gains substantial performance improvements, real-time issue resolution, and significant cost savings

The Test Factory, the UK-based online assessment solution provider has achieved significant performance improvements across its application infrastructure following deployment of the AppDynamics Application Intelligence Platform. In both its production and staging environments, The Test Factory is able to identify bottlenecks, bugs, and performance issues with AppDynamics that eluded its prior performance monitoring solution, and is able to achieve “unbelievably faster” fixes.

“There are some issues we would spend weeks and weeks trying to solve using all sorts of logs we had,” says Paul Fleming, solutions architect at The Test Factory. “AppDynamics gives us a direct picture of where the problem is happening straight away.”

The Test Factory runs a number of websites to deliver its customized online assessments to the education and corporate entities, and it relies heavily on Microsoft Azure for its cloud application infrastructure. Debugging and diagnostics in the Azure environment was “very, very tricky” according to Fleming, until AppDynamics was deployed. Setting up AppDynamics for Azure was virtually effortless, with minimal configuration. And with AppDynamics in place, those cloud monitoring problems have largely been eliminated.

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Topics: APM, Case Story

Fox News Move to Application Performance Monitoring

Posted by Steve Green on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 @ 12:02 PM

Fox News is one of the largest news websites in the United States with up to a billion page views every month. New content is constantly being uploaded to its content management system (CMS) and delivered on the website via Fox's delivery system. In addition, Fox News provides an API that feeds content to other websites for distribution of its content.

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Topics: APM, Appdynamics, Case Story

Happiness Can Be a Choice, So Let's Get AppHappy!

Posted by Burhanuddin Sefudin on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 @ 16:09 PM

Before we get into whether happiness is a choice, we should look at an important factor that impacts your happiness. Approximately 50% of your happiness is determined by personality traits that are largely hereditary. This means that half of how happy you feel is outside your control!

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Topics: Application Performance Management, AppHappy, APM, Appdynamics

Seven Key Questions to Ask APM Vendors

Posted by Burhanuddin Sefudin on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 @ 15:08 PM

At Ranger4, we constantly notice the surprise and excitement of IT Teams and business application owners when they see AppDynamics in action and realise they can defy the conventional wisdom of application management.

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Topics: Application Performance Management, APM, Appdynamics

Announcing AppDynamics 2014 Summer Release

Posted by Burhanuddin Sefudin on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 @ 16:08 PM

AppDynamics have just announced their 2014 Summer Release of their market leading Application Performance Management software.

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Topics: Application Performance Management, APM, Appdynamics