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The performance and availability of a web site have a direct correlation with business success. Improving the web page load time by merely one second can have a measurable impact on user satisfaction expressed in lower bounce rates or higher conversions. Web site outages can have a disastrous effect on customer loyalty. Today it is not good enough to build great code, it has to deliver excellent performance and be available close to 100% of the time as well.
Coding for performance and availability can be tricky - tweaking one area of the code may have unexpected consequences in another area. Throw in the requirement to be agile so that changes can be implemented quickly and frequently and you’re presented with a set of difficult and in many ways conflicting challenges.
The trick to stay on top of the situation is to use the right visualization tools and management practices. Developers need a direct and immediate feedback loop between code deployment and code behavior in the production environment. The only way to avoid chaos when you are living and breathing continuous deployment with performance and availability as your top priorities is to keep you finger on the pulse at all times.
Until recently two types of tools were commonly used for supporting the deployment environment:
While both classes of tools are very useful and necessary, what has been missing are tools that provide insight in, and control of the use of provisioned resources at the level of individual applications or processes.
This presentation will introduce Application Workload Management, a class of tools that has more recently become available for use in cloud environments, and show how these tools enable monitoring and control of the use of server resources at the application and process level.
The talk will focus on how one can set up a continuous deployment environment that includes Application Workload Management as one of its essential components. The audience will learn about:
In the software as a service industry performance and availability are essential conditions for business success. This talk gives you a blueprint for a deployment environment that will help you keep the service alive and performing well.
18th–22nd April 2011