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Measuring End User Experience

One of the most important aspects of application service management is the assurance of end-user satisfaction. At Rigor, we use continuous functional testing in production to measure and report on end user experience metrics. Specifically, we utilize the capability of Transaction Checks to replicate the user experience by periodically executing

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Web Performance

Round Robin DNS Environments

Any application that is mission critical should always be designed for redundancy in case one of the environments goes offline, the application will still be usable. Round robin DNS is a technique that enables provision of fault-tolerant systems using multiple hosts that can be located in various datacenters. In a

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Web Performance

Monitoring Infrastructure Externally

  External monitoring is often associated with managing the front-end of applications, however, given proper configuration, it can also be a powerful method to monitor back-end infrastructure and service components. With a web application, when a page is rendered to the user, it is typically comprised of data from multiple

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DevOps

Continuous Deployment – Functional Testing in Production

Continuous deployment is a process of building, testing and deploying new versions of software frequently. This is done as code is being written and committed instead of pushing the changes all at once when all features are completed. To avoid failures while making these frequent changes to your live, production

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New Features

Link Rot Erodes the Quality of Sites

As websites grown and mature, link rot becomes more pervasive. Link rot occurs as increasing numbers of links point to web pages, servers or other objects that have become permanently unavailable. The dynamic and social nature of the web causes things to change constantly–pages move, websites go down, and files

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Blog, Web Performance

Forbes on the Value of Site Speed

Forbes on the Value of Site Speed Last week, Forbes published an article titled Emerging Markets and Internet Speed. It proposes that as US companies look outside the country to spur growth, the speed of their websites can be either a competitive advantage or a business risk. The difficulty in

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#1 Challenge for Custom Web Apps

The number one challenge for custom web apps is maintaining application speed as functionality grows. Web apps typically begin with a manageable feature set and a limited number of users performing specific functions. As the web app evolves over time, features, source code size and user counts grow incrementally while

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Web Performance

Monitoring Applications in the Cloud

Cloud Computing is one of the fastest growing trends in technology today. An IDC eXchange survey found that one of the top drivers behind this growth is the ability of the cloud to facilitate rapid deployment and flexible scalability of technology services by removing the friction associated with purchasing, deploying,

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How Do We Define Availability?

The definition of availability is a topic often debated when organizations are defining metrics for their systems to be measured against. A survey by Continuity Central stated that 40 percent of IT professionals do not understand what qualifies as high availability. Surprisingly, the most important aspect of availability monitoring is

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Blog, Web Performance

Google Analytics and Web Performance

Google Analytics, while intended for marketing professionals, gathers and reports on information that can be extremely useful during design, testing, and administration. Google Analytics is a free service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about visitors to a website. It is typically used by marketers to manage and maximize

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