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Why IC3 is the place to be

Posted by Paola Moretto on Nov 9, 2015 12:56:51 PM

The IT Cloud Computing Conference (aka IC3) is taking place Nov.  9th-10th in San Jose, CA. With tech leaders like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce in attendance, IC3 will attract 300+ software developers and IT professionals who will be benefitting from training to help accelerate software delivery, automate IT in the cloud and make their organizations more nimble.

In case you’re still on the fence, here’s a quick recap of why IC3 is the cloud conference to attend:

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Topics: Technology, DevOps, Events

The cloud is the new normal, and many other exciting takeaways from AWS re:Invent

Posted by Paola Moretto on Oct 21, 2015 11:01:56 AM

I’m just back from re:Invent, the Amazon Web Services (AWS) conference covering all things cloud. AWS is the largest public cloud provider by far and its speed of innovation is mind-boggling. re:Invent is always a great forum for getting the pulse of the industry and this year’s event underscored how astonishingly fast the cloud is growing. More than 19,000 guests attended with additional 38,000 watching on the live stream. The enterprise customers showcased included some major corporations like General Electric and Capital One.

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Topics: Marketing, Technology

3 Reasons You Should Visit Nouvola at Velocity NY

Posted by Marketing Nouvola on Oct 7, 2015 11:28:23 AM

Velocity NY is coming up on Oct. 12th-14th! Velocity is the leading conference for Web Operations, End-to-End Optimization and Continuous Delivery. This year, Nouvola is excited to have a booth at the conference, network with attendees and add knowledge on how to achieve fast, reliable and scalable software. Still on the fence about attending Velocity? Here are our top 3 reasons on why every cloud enthusiast should attend Velocity and visit the Nouvola booth.

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Topics: Marketing, Product, Technology

Behind the scenes of a Web slowdown: What Nouvola DiveCloud reveals

Posted by Product Update on Sep 29, 2015 4:54:06 PM

From the user perspective, website crashes (and page slowdowns for that matter) are pretty simple. A user doesn’t care why the page crashed: She just wants to get what she needs. And so, in a matter of seconds she may be off the poorly performing site and looking elsewhere.

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Topics: Product, Technology

Performance Testing and APM (Application Performance Management): Why you need to do both

Posted by Paola Moretto on Jul 29, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Earlier this year I wrote a post about Synthetic Testing and Real User Monitoring, and explained why these are complementary, not competing, approaches. Similarly, Performance Testing – aka synthetic testing - and APM – Application Performance Management and monitoring solutions are similar in that they are often regarded as two competing solutions, as if one were an alternative to the other. They are actually perfect complementary tools to achieve optimal performance for your application. Whether you develop web applications, SaaS products or mobile apps, you‘ll find both approaches to be absolutely necessary in your software operations. Here, I explain why. (I’ll use “monitoring solutions” as a synonym for APM solutions.)

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Topics: Technology

DevOps is here to stay: How can we help the DevOps culture succeed? 


Posted by Paola Rossaro on May 1, 2015 11:17:52 AM

Or, Why friends don’t let friends build data centers 

Five months ago I wrote about the growing consensus that DevOps is a leading trend that will disrupt IT. That view was confirmed this week at the ICEE3 Conference in Seattle, where several tech giants from AWS and MS to Google and HP spoke about the importance of providing continuous value to customers as more and more business moved to the Cloud, and the dramatic changes that are resulting.

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Topics: Technology, DevOps

Data, love and better living with performance analytics

Posted by Charles Higgins on Mar 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

I love data. Data that can make sense of seemingly random patterns, explain customer behavior and get to the root of what is – and isn’t working – in a business.   Give me data and I’m happy. Give me data in a format that I can understand and I have transcended happiness to a state of delight.  I’m what our partners over at New Relic would call a Data Nerd.  I’m a big believer that we can all make better decisions when we have the right data to inform us.

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Topics: Technology

Larry Page was right: Why performance testing is Product Feature #1

Posted by Paola Rossaro on Jan 14, 2015 9:52:00 AM

Here at Nouvola we’re big believers in testing. Our company was based on the premise that businesses need to test their web applications early and often. But how do you run tests? I’ve thought about this a lot recently when I hear functional testing and performance testing described as two distinct processes. It’s almost like people think you have to choose one over the other.

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Topics: Technology

How to test today’s web applications

Posted by Charles Higgins on Dec 18, 2014 11:26:00 AM

Development has changed and testing needs to change to keep pace.

(First in a series on How, What and When to test web applications.)

In the old days engineering would spend months or years working on a product release, once they were done they would hand it off to QA for testing, according to a waterfall development model, and then hand it off to Sys Admin for deployment. Testing was focused primarily around functional tests. Now with the advent of things like Agile and Continuous Integration our development model has changed completely, and our testing modalities need to change as well. Real world behavior testing of your application is the gold standard if you want to ensure that your customers’ expectations are met.

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Topics: Technology

Get ready. Get set. The holidays are rapidly approaching. (Part three in a series)

Posted by Paola Moretto on Dec 10, 2014 7:13:00 AM

What to do if your ecommerce site keeps crashing

Third in a series looking at how well online stores are prepared for the holidays. See the first post here and the second post here.

Every retailer with a website knows that it’s best to avoid site crashes. In this post I’ll offer some tips for making sure your site doesn’t crash, but first, I think it’s important to define a crash. A crash can be a total outage like Best Buy experienced on Black Friday (link), but it can also be a server down or a slowdown that make your service essentially unavailable. If your stack cannot service requests, it’s a crash. If your site is moving so slowly that shoppers are abandoning their carts, it’s a crash for all practical purposes.

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Topics: Technology, Business, Ecommerce

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