Retrace Logging and Error Tips

5 Awesome Retrace Logging & Error Tracking Features

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Retrace combines several tools that developers need for application monitoring in one easy to use tool. Retrace has some really amazing log management and error tracking features because of the tight integration between our APM, errors, and logging tools. In this article, we are going to highlight some of the top features that you should be using with Retrace! Organize …

Java Virtual Machine (JVM)

Java Virtual Machine: Critical Metrics You Need to Track

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Overview of JVM Metrics In this article, we’ll cover how you can monitor an application that runs on the Java Virtual Machine by going over some of the critical metrics you need to track. And, as a monitoring tool, we’ll use Stackify Retrace, a full APM solution. The application we’ll monitor to exemplify these metrics is a real-world Java web …

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 …

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 …

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, …

application performance management vs application performance monitoring

What Is Application Performance Monitoring and Why It Is Not Application Performance Management

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Over recent years, the term APM has become increasingly used by lots of vendors and tools. Some refer to it as Application Performance Monitoring and some as Application Performance Management. But what is the difference? As the founder of a company who creates these types of tools, I definitely have some opinions on Application Performance Monitoring vs Application Performance Management. …

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 …

Key Application Performance Metrics

8 Key Application Performance Metrics & How to Measure Them

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If you are trying to figure out how to measure the performance of your application, you are in the correct place. We spend a lot of time at Stackify thinking about application performance, especially about how to monitor and improve it. In this article, we cover some of our most important application performance metrics you should be tracking. Key Application …

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 …

How to Monitor # of Exceps Thrown / Sec

Understanding # of Exceptions Thrown / Sec and How to Find Exceptions

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Exceptions can cause big performance problems. One of the most important performance metrics to track about your application is “# of Exceps Thrown / Sec“. It is available via Windows Performance Counters under the category .NET CLR Exceptions. In this article we will talk about exceptions, how to monitor your exception rate and find the actual exceptions being thrown. Is …

How to Troubleshoot IIS Worker Process (w3wp) High CPU Usage

How to Troubleshoot IIS Worker Process (w3wp) High CPU Usage

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Having IIS performance problems? Do you have w3wp.exe high CPU usage? In this article, we will discuss some tips to identify what is causing high CPU usage for your ASP.NET web applications. There are a lot of reasons that your IIS worker process (w3wp.exe) could be using a lot of CPU. We will cover some of the top reasons and how …

See why developers choose Retrace over New Relic

Looking for New Relic Alternatives & Competitors? Learn Why Developers Pick Retrace

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New Relic is one of the industry leaders for SaaS based application performance management. There are now at least 15-25 New Relic alternatives for APM tools in general. Probably about half of those alternatives are available as SaaS APM. New Relic Pricing Forcing You to Look for Alternatives? We talk to companies every day that are currently using New Relic …

Stackify Retrace is an Affordable APM for Developer Team

APM Pricing Is Now Affordable for All Developers, and Why They Should Care

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 APM Pricing has been historically out of control… One of the reasons I founded Stackify was because my developers didn’t have the tools they needed. The tools were designed for IT operations, the data my team needed was spread across too many different tools, and the pricing was very expensive. Sadly, several years later, not much has changed in the …

Get a list of the various types of developer tools at your disposal for finding and optimizing ASP.NET performance problems.

ASP.NET Performance: 9 Types of Tools You Need to Know!

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One of the best things about being a .NET developer is all the amazing development tools that can make your life easier. This blog post is a list of the various types of ASP.NET tools at your disposal for finding and optimizing ASP.NET performance problems. Depending on the task, some of these tools will be much better than the others. …

10 Critical APM Features

What is Application Performance Management? Overview, Common Terms, and 10 Critical APM Features

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APM refers to application performance management or application performance monitoring. You could argue that they are the same thing, or perhaps management infers being more proactive and monitoring only being reactive when it comes to the performance of your application. Either way, APM is an essential tool to help optimize and monitor the performance of your apps. What is Application …