Performance is a Journey not a Destination!
  • Are You Ready for Black Friday?
    Holiday Shopping Preview: We’re Ready, Are you? Posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Dennis Callaghan

    The online holiday shopping season starts in earnest this week. Our benchmark e-commerce sites have been picked out, our tests have been set up, now we’ll see how well eRetailers have heeded our advice and the lessons of the past. Who we’re watching: We’ll be monitoring availability and performance for 50 sites. This includes top e-commerce […]

  • Black Friday 2014
    A Look Back at Black Friday Weekend ’14 Posted on November 19th, 2015 by Maria Eldridge

    Black Friday weekend is around the corner, and while most people are counting down the days until they can feast on their favorite Thanksgiving dishes, others are focusing on getting their eCommerce websites ready for a weekend of shopping madness. Despite the importance we’ve placed on preparing and optimizing your site several weeks before Black […]

  • Datacenter monitoring
    Bring the Power of Catchpoint to Where You Need It Most Posted on November 17th, 2015 by Dennis Callaghan

    When I tell tech industry business contacts that I work for Catchpoint now, the reaction is fairly predictable: “Catchpoint? The web performance guys?” Or maybe, “Oh, that synthetic monitoring company?” Why yes, we are a company that’s come to redefine the web/Internet performance management space and “Synthetic Monitoring” remains our flagship product. But, Catchpoint does […]

  • 3 Tips for Black Friday Performance
    3 Last-Minute Tips to Optimize for Black Friday and Cyber Monday Posted on November 12th, 2015 by Dennis Callaghan

    In just a little over two weeks, the online holiday shopping season begins in earnest over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, culminating in Cyber Monday. By now, most eCommerce sites have finalized their code, have a plan in place to ensure a quality online experience for their customers, and are busy testing against that plan. But […]

  • CSD 11-9-15
    China’s Singles Day: Previewing the Biggest eCommerce Day of the Year Posted on November 9th, 2015 by Dennis Callaghan

    China’s Singles Day is upon us again this Wednesday, as the world’s largest concentration of Internet users gears up for a one-day online spending spree that dwarfs eCommerce in the US for the entire five-day Thanksgiving weekend, including Cyber Monday. First, some background: China’s Singles Day traces its origins to 1993, when students at China’s […]

  • black friday failure blog
    Planning to Fail: How to Handle Performance Issues During Black Friday Weekend Posted on November 5th, 2015 by Maria Eldridge

    With holiday shopping season around the corner, eCommerce companies are devoting countless hours to testing, optimizing, and retesting in order to make sure their sites are running properly. IT Ops teams are tasked with taking steps to prevent the issues that often occur during Black Friday Weekend as a result of a rapid increase in […]

  • tcp flag
    TCP Flags Continued: CWR + ECE Posted on October 30th, 2015 by Roman Kurjewicz

    Today we venture forth looking at a couple of additional flags found in the TCP header: CWR and ECE. These TCP flags are used together with two flags in the IP header (ECT and CE) to warn senders of congestion in the network thereby avoiding packet drops and retransmissions. Background Prior to the advent of […]

  • turn data into action
    Velocity NY ’15 Review Part II: How Etsy Turns Monitoring Data into Actionable Alerts Posted on October 28th, 2015 by Dennis Callaghan

    Most people know Etsy as the online marketplace for handmade craft items from around the world. The 10-year-old eCommerce site processes nearly $2 billion worth of transactions a year. Just as it sells handmade merchandise, Etsy takes a “craft” approach to its web operations using open source tooling rather than commercial off-the-shelf software. The company’s […]

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