Cthulhu’s Mongo Aggregations and How To Tame Them

Posted by on June 15th, 2018
June 15th, 2018

Aggregation pipelines in MongoDB can get very complex very quickly. But they provide a much more flexible query interface than simple “find” queries and often allow you to leverage data locality by moving much of your data processing to Mongo itself. In this blog post, we will discuss the decision to move a particular data processing pipeline to Mongo, and how we managed to stay sane in the process.… Read More »

Does SD-WAN Leave You Exposed?

Posted by on June 7th, 2018
June 7th, 2018

Attending the Gartner CIO Conference in Toronto a few weeks back gave me the opportunity to talk to IT leaders about their top of mind concerns. A topic that repeatedly came up in conversations with enterprise attendees was SD-WAN adoption. The cost and manageability benefits are clearly compelling, and even though there’s always some trepidation around adopting any new technology, attendees were generally optimistic about the state of SD-WAN—with one exception.… Read More »

AWS US-East-2 Outage and Monitoring Microservices

Posted by on May 31st, 2018
May 31st, 2018

On the morning of May 31st, 2018, shortly after midnight Pacific Time, users reported an outage in Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) US-East-2 region. An issue with Internet connectivity caused this data center to lose reachability to the Internet, impacting the functioning of any apps with external dependencies such as API services and integration with 3rd party SaaS applications.… Read More »

Webex Monitoring

Posted by on May 17th, 2018
May 17th, 2018

The adoption of cloud-based audio and video conferencing has been on the rise over the past few years. Positioned as a market leader by Gartner in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions, Cisco Webex is the goto conferencing service for enterprises globally. Cisco Webex solutions are delivered as a service over the Internet, a best effort network that has no performance guarantees.… Read More »

Open-Sourcing Shoelaces: A Tool for Unmanned Server Bootstrapping

Posted by on May 14th, 2018
May 14th, 2018

Shoelaces is a tool that provides the glue for the unmanned bootstrapping of a server using a lightweight mechanism. That means you can boot a remote server either manually or automatically without local assistance. Here at ThousandEyes, we have been using Shoelaces for almost two years now as a key component of our infrastructure management environment.… Read More »

Understanding SD-WANs: Benefits and Limitations

Posted by on May 11th, 2018
May 11th, 2018

SD-WANs are a significant development in wide area networking, and the first SDN technology to gain widespread deployment. Yet, their usefulness is being muddled by over-hyped expectations that they can provide all-seeing and all-controlling power over every aspect of enterprise IT communications. … Read More »

Retail Digital Transformation and Network Intelligence

Posted by on May 9th, 2018
May 9th, 2018

With the rise of e-commerce and well-publicized troubles among so many traditional players in the retail landscape, it is sometimes tempting for technophiles to think that in-store retail is a vanishing species. However, the facts and recent developments belie that outlook. E-commerce was only 9.1% of U.S., retail sales in 2017, and is projected to grow to 12.4% by 2020.… Read More »

Network Monitoring to Measure CDN Performance

Posted by on May 2nd, 2018
May 2nd, 2018

Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) have become the architectural cornerstone of network design for enterprises looking to deliver fast and highly available digital experience to their customers. When you rely on a third-party service, like a CDN, to deliver business critical services, it is crucial to continuously monitor their performance and SLA commitments. Because when any one of the cogs in your well oiled digital experience machine fails, your business fails.… Read More »