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Even Chaos Generating Netflix Goes Down Once in a While Where were you on February 3, 2015 at 3:40 p.m. PST? Snowed in? Desperately trying to refresh Netflix? If so, you weren't alone. It turns out even best and biggest companies experience failure from time to time. Despite the success of their Chaos Monkey approach to operations, the Internet streaming media provider experienced an outage for a little over an hour. Responses from users ranged from outrage to well, hysteria. You can read more about the media frenzy and see how the masses took to twitter to discuss here. All was not lost however. Thanks to their constant evaluation of cloud operations, the severity of the outage was not extensive. Given the level of dedication Netflix has to constant self-improvement, you can be sure that in the future, they will be learning from this experience to stay on top of po... (more)

Common Web App Performance Problems By @Neotys | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

The 10 Most Common Web App Performance Problems It's inevitable that web application problems are going to happen. Here at Neotys, our business is based on helping you prevent problems through website monitoring and testing. But problems can come from anywhere, and sometimes you just need to know where to look. So we decided to put together a short guide on some of the most common performance issues you'll encounter. Now, it's important to remember that the best way to address performance problems is to find and eliminate them before they affect users in the first place. One of t... (more)

Seven Ways To Build A Robust Testing in Production By @Neotys | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

7 Ways To Build A Robust Testing In Production (TiP) Practice Here's a short anecdote: a QA team maintained a test environment separate from their production environment, but they had gone through great lengths to ensure it matched what was in production in every respect. It was filled with the same hardware, and all the software was identical down to the patch level. They had a strong process to ensure that any change made to one environment was mirrored in the other. Perhaps you can see where this story is going. Sure enough, the environments turned out to not be identical. In ... (more)

It’s the Big Game. Your Website Is Crashing. What Do You Do? [#DevOps]

It's hard to believe, but the conclusion of the NFL football season is upon us. In the east coast vs. west coast championship rivalry, Neotys will be rooting for our own New England Patriots. It shouldn't come as a surprise, as our office is only 35 miles from Gillette Stadium. Not only will the Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in the big game, but many web-based companies will be taking on large-scale traffic challenges after airing their prime time commercials that day. After hearing this, you should ignore the pregame hype, put down the nachos and get your servers ready f... (more)

Five Ways to Mitigate the Risks of TiP By @Neotys | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Don’t Freak Out! Five Ways to Mitigate the Risks of TiP If there is one thing we know for sure, it is that it's extremely difficult to accurately reproduce a production environment for QA purposes. That's why there is such a natural pull in the direction of Testing in Production (TiP), in which testing is done within the live environment where real users are actively engaged in the product. There are many benefits to using the production system as a means to conduct QA, but it can be stressful for an organization that isn't well-versed in the practice. Oftentimes, the risks of Ti... (more)