How organizations can move faster with devops – a16z Sonal Chokshi interviews Nicole Forsgren & Jez Humble

via GIPHY We hear a lot about devops these days, and the promise is temendous. It originally evolved out of Agile operations. But how to get those benefits at *my* organization? Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. How do we become a high performing organization, to move faster and build more …

How do we test performance in a microservices world?

via GIPHY I recently ran across this interesting question on a technology forum. “I’m an engineering team lead at a startup in NYC. Our app is written in Ruby on Rails and hosted on Heroku. We use metrics such as the built-in metrics on Heroku, as well as New Relic for performance monitoring. This summer, …

5 things you didn’t know about Dynamodb that are hurting you bad

If you’re like a lot of folks you’re building an application in AWS & using a NoSQL database for persistent data. Dynamodb fits the bill nicely. Little or no ops to worry about, at least in the traditional sense. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. However there are knobs to turn …

Is Agile right for fixing performance issues?

I was sifting through the CTO school email list recently, and the discussion of performance tuning came up. One manager had posted asking how to organize sprints, and break down stories for the process. Join 29,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Another CTO chimed in with a response… “Agile is not right …

Why you need a performance dashboard like StackExchange

Most startups talk about performance crucial. But often with all the other pressing business demands, it can be forgotten until it becomes a real problem. Flipping through High Scalability today, I found a post about Stack Exchange’s performance dashboard. Join 28,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. The dashboard for Stack Exchange performance …

What can NYFW teach Chad Dickerson about net neutrality?

Here we are again discussing Net Neutrality… Chad Dickerson CEO of well renowned Etsy.com, has come out strongly in favor, and wants everyone to take action. Join 27,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Honestly when I read his wired piece Etsy CEO to businesses: If Net Neutrality Perishes, We Will Too, I …

Why Healthcare.gov desperately needs techops

Join 15,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. 1. Tech-what? A quick education Techops is operational excellence. It’s the handoff when code is complete. These are the folks who are up at 2am when a website is down. They manage servers, keep the pipes clean, and the hackers out. They also help plan …

Scalability Tips & Greatest Hits

Join 8000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. In the past two years we’ve written a ton of material on scalability. Here’s the greatest hits… Why Generalists Are Better at Scaling the Web The internet stack is a complex infrastructure of interlocking components. An scalability engineer must be adept at Linux, plus webservers, …

3 Ways to Optimize for Paging in MySQL

Join 36000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Lots and lots of web applications need to page through information. From customer records, to the albums in your itunes collection. So as web developers and architects, it’s important that we do all this efficiently. By the way, I write an article like this every …

The Most Important AWS Feature for Performance and Scalability

Join 6100 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. The Foundation of Speed All servers use disk to store files. Operating system libraries, webserver & application code, and most importantly databases all use disk constantly. So disk speed is crucial to server speed. [mytweetlinks] [quote] Disk speed is crucial for MySQL databases. It has …