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    5 Reasons Synthetic Monitoring is More Important than Ever Posted on December 15th, 2016 by Dennis Callaghan

    This post originally appeared as a bylined article in Website Magazine. Synthetic monitoring is hardly a new technology. It’s been around almost as long as the commercial World Wide Web has. But the importance of monitoring the performance and availability of a web application by simulating users’ interactions with that application, from around the globe, […]

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    My Firsthand Account of a Third Party Problem Posted on December 14th, 2016 by Mehdi Daoudi

    In the digital world, performance, availability, and reliability are key pillars of business that can impact revenue, reputation, and operational excellence. We often write about the impact that third-party services have on performance on our blog, but sometimes that impact is felt in our personal lives as well. Every year, we monitor major retailers’ performance and […]

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    Managing DNS Performance Has Never Been More Critical Posted on December 9th, 2016 by Dennis Callaghan

    October’s massive distributed denial of service on Dyn DNS proved once again the importance and yet, the vulnerability of DNS. Dyn’s managed DNS services were hit in three separate waves from morning to evening, taking down major websites like Netflix, Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, and SoundCloud in the process. DDoS attacks on managed DNS services are […]

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    Upgrade to HTTP/2 for a Faster Site for the Holidays                  Posted on December 8th, 2016 by Andrew Smirnov

    Every year around this time, retailers look for ways to optimize their sites for speed. They remove or reduce the size of images, manage their tags better, limit third-party content, subscribe to site acceleration services, or even deploy new servers. But if your site is still running the 19-year-old HTTP/1.1 protocol, it’s not as fast […]

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    This is Why You Need to Cache Your Base Page Posted on December 7th, 2016 by Anand Guruprasad

    One of the most challenging aspects of optimizing web page performance while using a CDN is the handling of the base page delivery (also referred as HTML, Homepage, Landing Page). Part of the what makes this so difficult is the perceived “non-cacheability” of dynamic base pages. Historically, the base-pages were considered to be dynamic because […]

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    Toys R Us Did Holiday Shopping (Mostly) Right Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by David Snyder

    Toys R Us is no Black Friday rookie; the major retailer and their current hosting and CDN providers have completed 11 holiday seasons now. Between following some best practices, using static HTML strategically, and running on a high-capacity stack, they’ve pretty much got the online holiday process down. This year, Toys R Us made it […]

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    Black Friday & Cyber Monday Performance Report 2016 Posted on December 1st, 2016 by Kameerath Kareem

    The holiday season is upon us and with it comes the most crucial quarter for all businesses. This month brings with it an increase in shoppers scouting for the best deals online; these consumers are ready to spend big during the holidays. Retailers prepare themselves weeks and months in advance for the days following Thanksgiving. […]

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    Express.com’s Black Friday Fumble Posted on November 30th, 2016 by Narangerel Bat-Ochir

    Black Friday is one of the toughest days of the year for ecommerce companies. A retailer’s brand reputation, customer loyalty, and revenue are all at stake on this single day. Some of the more seasoned online stores start their Black Friday preparation many months ahead of time to ensure the best customer experience during the shopping […]

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