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How to Log Amazon Alexa Apps and Improve User Experience

By Rj Pikus in Papertrail

December 21, 2018

Efficiently managing this data is made easier with a log management tool. In this tutorial, we’ll show you to log from Alexa skills. Our skill is written as an Amazon Lambda function and we’ll show you how to track logs to Papertrail. Then, you can identify common misunderstood phrases and use them to improve your voice app. By reading this article, you will learn how to connect hardware to the Internet of Things (IoT), log the data it sends you, and leverage that data to improve your product.

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Improve Live Ops for Games Using Papertrail

By Jacob Schieck in Papertrail

December 14, 2018

Live Ops is an ever-increasing practice in the gaming world. Games today often include multiplayer competition, events, the ability to trade items, and more. These require backend services and a platform team to set up and manage those services. They also require customer support to interact with players who experience issues and to make adjustments as needed. All these pieces need to be working flawlessly to deliver a good experience and retain players whom you worked hard to get.

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Monitor User Experience Using Client-Side JSON Logs

By Michael Auderer in loggly

December 13, 2018

Logging is one of the most useful tools available for developers. It allows them to view and understand the inner workings of their application, even while it’s actively running. It is absolutely essential during development; hunting down bugs and broken points in a project would be impossible without it. However, with the rise of client-side rendering and SPAs, it’s becoming common for the frontend application to handle the vast majority of the user experience.

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Benchmarking 5 Popular Load Balancers: Nginx, HAProxy, Envoy, Traefik, and ALB

By Gerred Dillon in Loggly

December 10, 2018

When choosing a load balancer to front your application’s traffic, there are several factors to consider. Achieving the right balance of features, operator usability, and performance depends on the type of software you’re running, how it’s architected, and what platform it’s running on. While often less of a concern than these other factors, it’s still important to understand the performance profiles of these load balancers under different types of load. In this article, we will test five different popular load balancers: NGINX, HAProxy, Envoy, Traefik, and Amazon Application Load Balancer (ALB).

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Secure Your App: Monitor Intrusions with Papertrail

By Bryan Bird in Papertrail

December 6, 2018

In today’s world, malware and vulnerabilities are a growing threat that can impact any network from small to large. These threats can expose personal data, compromise financial account details, hold critical data for ransom, or destroy data entirely. It is important to understand what vulnerabilities might exist within your environment, and what you can do not only to mitigate risk, but react to an active attack in progress. This article will show you how to monitor your network traffic and react to an active intrusion with SolarWinds® Papertrail™.

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Introduction to Infrastructure Monitoring in a Dynamic Cloud Environment

By Andre Newman in appoptics

December 5, 2018

Infrastructure monitoring is a vital part of infrastructure management, which involves managing the equipment, policies, processes, and other resources that affect an organization’s IT foundation. Two primary management goals are minimizing downtime and increasing efficiency. To accomplish this, IT teams need to collect and analyze data from each component. This data is provided through monitoring.

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Monitoring Back Pressure When Your Infrastructure is Pushed to the Limit

By Jason Skowronski in appoptics

November 28, 2018

Back pressure is a signal that a service is at capacity and cannot accept more load. You’ve probably experienced back pressure without even knowing it. How can we better manage back pressure and respond gracefully when it happens? We will run through an example of pushing WordPress to its limit to see what breaks first. We’ll also show you tools to monitor and find the root cause of back pressure in multi-tier applications.

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Monitoring Kafka with Loggly

By Jason Skowronski in loggly

November 26, 2018

Kafka logs contain valuable data on the health of the system. You can identify issues using logs if there is a broker down or if it is generating errors at a high rate. We’ll show you how Loggly can help monitor Kafka logs and alert you to problems.

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Webpages Are Getting Larger Every Year, and Here’s Why it Matters

By Jorge Orpinel in pingdom

November 15, 2018

Balancing a rich experience with page performance is a difficult tradeoff for many publishers. We gathered statistics from the top 1000 websites in the world to see how large their pages are. We’ll look at what’s driving this change and how you can track the size of your own company’s site.

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Monitoring errors in WordPress

By Jason Skowronski in rollbar

November 6, 2018

WordPress is an open source blogging and website creation tool written in PHP and MySQL. It is a highly flexible content management system (CMS) that enables you to build and manage your website using just your web browser. According to a W3Techs survey, WordPress is used by 31.8% of all websites. We’ve created an example app to demonstrate how errors are handled in WordPress. Also, we’ll show you how Rollbar can help you monitor and display errors on a dashboard.

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