Performance is a Journey not a Destination!
  • Dawn of a New Day in the Web Performance Optimization World. Posted on October 25th, 2010 by Catchpoint Systems

    Today is an important day for the web community, Zero Load launched the 1st Web Performance Optimization contest. For the first time web speed enthusiasts will compete in building the fastest site based on a set of tangible criteria. We applaud the event, the organizers and the entire philosophy behind this event and we are very proud to […]

  • Performance is a Journey, not a Destination Posted on October 20th, 2010 by Catchpoint Systems

    No one likes slow websites or websites that malfunction. Today, time is very valuable – and no user wants to be frustrated trying to access a website. We all have better things to do than wait for a webpage to load or keep hitting the reload button on the browser in hopes the problem will […]

  • The Boy Who Cried Wolf in Web Performance Posted on October 11th, 2010 by Catchpoint Systems

    Today, performance monitoring involves monitoring the performance, reliability, and availability of every object on the website, including third party vendors, as any of these objects can cause performance problems to the page. Almost every web performance monitoring tool out there will alert on failures of such objects, including HTTP errors like 404 and 503s. Recently […]

  • 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 […]

  • Performance is the silent killer to an online brand. Posted on September 30th, 2010 by Catchpoint Systems

    Slow web performance is the new downtime – it’s the silent killer to an online brand. In my experience, prior to 2005, companies worried about uptime, as everyone was being measured on uptime and how many 9s they could achieve. Since then, a lot has changed, better and cheaper hardware, better hosting, virtualization, and now […]

  • 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 […]

  • Active versus Passive Monitoring Posted on September 23rd, 2010 by Catchpoint Systems

    External web performance monitoring tools utilize agents to simulate user activity on a given URL. These tools are also known as Active Monitoring Tools (as they actively simulate transactions) or Synthetic Monitoring Tools. Synthetic Monitoring Solutions rely on browser emulators or actual automated browsers to execute HTTP activity, in others words, to request URLs or load webpages. In […]

  • Catchpoint September Release Posted on September 20th, 2010 by Catchpoint Systems

    We have completed the roll out of the September release. The new version of Catchpoint includes the following new features and enhancements: Transaction Testing enhancements (Beta) Hostname.bind in Waterfall Report for DNS monitors Charting Performance Improvements Debug on Error Enhancements HTML Tests Preview Waterfall Reports Summary enhancements Request Cookies tracking Ability to Set default columns for Waterfall […]

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