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SOASTA at Cloud Expo “Practice makes perfect” is an adage heard by everyone from budding pianists to ambitious athletes. In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell focuses on exceptional people who don’t fit into our normal definition of achievers. A common theme in explaining the successes of these individuals is the “10,000 Hour Rule.” Gladwell’s theory suggests that high performance is, in large part, the result of putting in an enormous amount of time, and that it takes about 10,000 hours to gain the experience necessary to achieve greatness. The rule, according to Gladwell, applies to more than just individuals. He points out that the Beatles performed live in Hamburg, Germany over 1200 times between 1960 and 1964, amassing the hours needed to catapult the band to stardom. Clearly, it applies to companies as well. That’s not to say that talent, intelligence and g... (more)

Page bloat: Would the average 2MB web page fit on older tech?

Last week, I wrote about the latest stats from the HTTP Archive, which find that the average web page is now more than 2MB in size. I started to wonder how many modern pages would fit on various random older technologies. As it turns out, not many! I decided to whip up a set of graphics to illustrate how many 2MB pages would fit on a 3.5-inch floppy disk, a circa-1958 IBM 305 RAMAC, a circa-1984 Mac 128K, a circa-1987 Mac SE, and an old-school punchcard: Thankfully, we’re not trying to store pages or browse the web using any of these pieces of vintage tech, but I think these com... (more)

How Fast Is Fast Enough? By @Lounibos | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps

When It Comes to Delivering the Best Possible User Experience, How Fast Is Fast Enough? Last month I spoke at the Conversion Conference, and after my talk I met a developer who had been tasked with single handedly making her company’s site faster. We talked for quite a while, and she expressed good-humored frustration at the vagueness of this directive. Some of the things we talked about: What does “faster” mean? Who defines “fast” within an organization? How do you know when the site or app you’re building has achieved mythical “fast enough” status? And how do you respond when ... (more)

New to Cloud-Based Performance Testing? By @DanBoutinSOASTA | @CloudExpo #Cloud

New to Cloud-Based Performance Testing?  Here's a Quick Language Lesson by Dan Boutin OK, go ahead… admit it. You listen to Sirius/XM Radio channels 8 and 9 only. You haven’t noticed who the president is since Bill Clinton left office. If you haven’t had your mid-life crisis, you’re thinking about having it soon. And you may still call your test tool Mercury LoadRunner, refusing to acknowledge HP’s purchase of Mercury since it happened eight years ago. You want to get with the times, but you can’t. Why? Because you don’t speak the new language. And that language barrier is stoppi... (more)

Digital Performance Management | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

Meet the Three Musketeers of Digital Performance Management: Real, Synthetic and Virtual Users By James Urquhart Alexandre Dumas’s classic portrayal of a young man seeking to join the elite guard of his day seems an unlikely source of inspiration for a blog post about digital performance management, but there’s something about groups of three — each balancing the others’ strengths and weaknesses — that makes a great team. And, while most operators today might view digital systems monitoring in terms of two players — synthetic and real users — there is a third member of the team... (more)