Performance is a Journey not a Destination!
  • Newegg Google Offer Hiccups Posted on November 28th, 2011 by Catchpoint Systems ran a special promotion “$40 for $20” on Google Offer this CyberMonday. The offer attracted a large number of web users, and caused performance hiccups for both Google Offers and Google Offers website was accessible, however users encountered various types of servers while trying to purchase the offer. The most common error […]

  • Who turned the Internet Off? Posted on November 7th, 2011 by Catchpoint Systems

    I started this Monday morning, like any other Monday catching up with the office in NY via Skype. Out of the sudden I lost my internet connectivity. Not the first time it happened, so I figured out it might have been the router or the ISP, so I simply rebooted it – but no luck. […]

  • Royal Wedding & The Internet… Posted on April 29th, 2011 by Catchpoint Systems

    I read an article yesterday predicting that the Royal Wedding was going to be a big stress test to the Internet. To observe the impact of the Royal Wedding on the Internet, I decided to monitor some of the popular websites that provided coverage for the Royal Wedding: Yahoo,  CNN, Youtube, the Official Site, Facebook,  Twitter,  BBC,  MSNBC & the Telegraph We monitored the web […]

  • My 2 cents on the AWS failure and lessons learned from the past. Posted on April 25th, 2011 by Catchpoint Systems

    A lot has been published already about AWS EC2 failure, I wanted to add my 2 cents on the issue as it reminded me of a notorious event that happened to DoubleClick in August 2000. What AWS and their customers experienced is unfortunate, but it will and it can happen to anyone! In IT we are dealing with various complex systems […]

  • Relying on Web Performance Monitoring to Discover Release Problems Posted on March 25th, 2011 by Catchpoint Systems

    In the 1990s the websites were quite simple, served by a single server talking to a single database, JavaScript and Flash had just been introduced, AJAX was being developed, and HTTP 1.0 protocol was prevalent across the World Wide Web. Now, years later and that same webpage has turned into a complicated “web” of services, […]

  • Another 3AM Disaster Call! Who will you wake up? Posted on October 8th, 2010 by Catchpoint Systems

    In 1999, when tasked to setup an organization dedicated to performance, monitoring, site reliability…, I looked for guidance, books, gurus, mentors… there were none. But I did end up finding this amazing quote from Rudyard Kipling: “I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew);Their names are What and Why and When And […]

  • Transparency. My Hat to you Facebook. Posted on September 24th, 2010 by Catchpoint Systems

    I was impressed yesterday by how Facebook dealt with their first outage in 4 years. They kept everyone informed via twitter, blog and their status page. I think they were transparent to some degree about the issue. More companies need to do this. My Hat to you Facebook! Here is a list of other great […]

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