How To Monitor Java Services with Retrace

How to Monitor Java Services – Performance, Errors, and more

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In the real world, a lot of mission-critical business logic lives in background services. Buying something from an e-commerce website, like Amazon, kicks off a wide array of tasks that must be completed after you click to confirm your order. Monitoring the performance of your web applications is only part of the puzzle if you want to proactively ensure your …

VinSolutions Gets Secure Visibility with Retrace

Retrace Helps VinSolutions with Risk-Free Visibility for Their Dev Teams

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The Choice: Security or Visibility Stackify was founded because we were frustrated that our development team didn’t have the tools that they needed. We used a variety of tools like Nagios and Splunk, but none of our developers had access to them. What’s worse, even if they did, the tools only told part of the story and presented a unique …

Monitor Windows Services

How to Monitor Windows Services: Performance, Errors, Usage

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It seems like everyone these days is writing cool ASP.NET web applications. However, we all know that a lot of the real work is still done behind the scenes in background services. Buying something on Amazon no doubt kicks off a waterfall of tasks that are done behind the scenes to fulfill a single order. Including verifying stock, shipping, contacting …

Retrace Product Release: Deployment Tracking

Why You Need Deployment Tracking In Retrace!

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In conversations with our customers, a common requirement is how to identify when things start “slowing down”, or “behaving like an angry nerd who missed out on free LeCroix”.  The questions usually continue and developers start wondering about the deployment process.  Sure, we all know it “worked on your machine”, but what is it doing in Staging, QA, or Production? …

Retrace Product Release: September 2017

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One of the only things you can count on happening in the technology industry is constant change, and Stackify’s APM tool, Retrace, is evolving again!  Client feedback, industry needs, and the underlying goal of delivering better tools for developers has all culminated into the latest release of Retrace. There is a game-changing new Deployment Tracking feature, full support for highly …

Monitor Web Services with Retrace

How to Monitor Web Services Performance with Retrace

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Today’s applications depend on a wide array of 3rd party and internal web services. Retrace has always been able to monitor how often your code accesses any type of HTTP web services over REST, SOAP, etc. This includes popular external services like Twilio, SendGrid, Amazon S3, or others. It also would include your own microservices. In our latest version of …

Understand ROI of APM

6 Types of ROI for APM (Application Performance Management Tools)

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It has been said that nearly every business is now a software business in some form or another. That means that the reliability and performance of their software applications are critical to their success. Unfortunately, many application performance management (APM) tools have been very expensive and targeted at only large enterprises. The price of APM for 20 servers can range …

ASP.NET Issues

How to Troubleshoot ASP.NET Web Application Problems

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Troubleshooting application problems are never fun. We would much rather be writing code on some cool new project. In this article, we will cover some tips on how to troubleshoot ASP.NET web applications. ASP.NET troubleshooting topics: Is Your Web Application Returning Lots of Errors? Entire application is slow Troubleshooting a specific web request Is Your Web Application Returning Lots of …

Retrace Azure Functions

Azure Functions Performance Monitoring with Retrace

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Serverless computing is here, and I expect it to become really popular with developers over the next few years. At Stackify we are starting to take advantage of Azure Functions. As developers and a developer tool company, we know that it is still critical to monitor the performance of our application, even if it is deployed through a function-as-a-service platform …

Monitor Your Code With Retrace

How to Use Retrace Tracked Functions to Monitor Your Code

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Stackify Product & Company Updates Leave a Comment

Our goal at Stackify has always been to provide developers a simple way to monitor the performance of their applications. By default, Retrace tracks the performance of dozens of different common application dependencies and frameworks. This includes things like SQL databases, MongoDB, Elasticsearch, Redis, external REST services, and much more. Full list of supported frameworks: .NET or Java But what …

Stackify ASP.Net Performance Monitoring

ASP.NET Performance Monitoring: A Developer’s How to Guide

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Monitoring hasn’t traditionally been designed for developers or applications. With the rise of cloud computing, PaaS and even serverless applications, developers need to be much more involved in application monitoring. Comprehensive ASP.NET performance monitoring requires monitoring your application multiple ways, from server CPU usage, identifying slow web requests, slow SQL queries, garbage collection metrics, and much more. In this guide, …

When and How To Use Custom Application Metrics

When & How to Use Custom Application Metrics

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Software applications have the potential to create an amazing amount of data that can be used to monitor them and troubleshoot problems. Although, the most important things to monitor are not always performance related. Sometimes it makes sense to create custom metrics to help track the behavior or very specific performance issues. We use custom metrics at Stackify for a …

Announcing: Retrace for Azure Functions preview

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Have you had a chance yet to play with Azure Functions?  Here at Stackify, we’re pretty excited about this capability on Azure and the promise that it holds for building rapidly scale-able event-based processing with little to no management overhead! We’ve also heard from a lot of you asking when Retrace would be able to support this new serverless architecture. …

Stackify Linux Agent 2.0 and Java APM 1.15 Release

Stackify’s Linux Agent 2.0 & Java APM 1.15 Release Is Here!

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Stackify is thrilled to announce our latest release, Linux Agent 2.0 and Java APM 1.15. We think you’ll be excited about this release, too, and here are just a few reasons why. What’s New in Our Linux Agent 2.0 and Java APM Release? In this latest release, we’ve added additional agent installation options and support for additional application servers, including: …

Find Slow Queries

Performance Tuning in SQL Server: Top 5 Ways to Find Slow Queries

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SQL performance tuning is a never ending battle. I’m not a DBA, but I am a developer who has pretended to be one for 15 years.  I have worked with SQL Server databases with terrabytes of RAM all the way down to Stackify’s massive fleet of little SQL Azure databases. I have seen a little bit of everything over the …

Stackify's Latest Release: Prefix v3.0 is Here

Prefix New Release: Prefix v3.0 is Here!

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After months of hard work, we’re thrilled to release the latest version of Prefix, Prefix v3.0. In this new version, we fixed a number of bugs and added a few major enhancements including: A major .NET profiler update Better remote tracing New feature: the ability to disable suggestions Improved Remote Tracing with Prefix v3.0 One of Prefix’s key features has …

Learn how to support and show performance

Understanding & Profiling C# Async Await Tasks

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Microsoft and the .NET community have made asynchronous programming very easy with their implementation of async await in C#. The latest versions of ASP.NET heavily utilize it to improve performance. Many performance monitoring and profiling tools struggle to support and visualize the performance of asynchronous C# code. Stackify’s Prefix & Retrace products both have excellent support for applications using C# async await. …

dvanced Web Transaction Monitoring with Retrace

Advanced Web Transaction Monitoring with Retrace

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Every application has specific functions that are mission critical. Including things like a customer’s ability to purchase something on your website or a REST API that handles thousands of requests per minute. Identifying and closely monitoring these key website transactions is a good best practice. Retrace enables deep performance monitoring of applications. You can monitor the overall performance of your entire application …

Application Dependency Mapping

Application Dependency Mapping & Performance

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Modern applications tend to rely on many application dependencies. Most applications use some form of database and external HTTP based web services. If you are not intimately familiar with the code, it can be very difficult to know exactly what the code does and what dependencies that it has. It is also very important to understand the performance of those …

Get tips to monitor IIS Performance

How to Monitor IIS Performance: From the Basics to Advanced IIS Performance Monitoring

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Need help on how to monitor IIS? This guide covers how to cover the basics including HTTP ping checks, IIS Application Pools, and important Windows Performance Counters. We also take a look at how to use an application performance management system to simplify all of this and get more advanced IIS performance monitoring for ASP.NET applications. From Basics to Advanced …