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Retailers Websites Performed Well During Black Friday

Written by Diem Shin and Alan Dyke ‘Tis the season to click. Not everyone rushes to the mall on Black Friday anymore. Instead of visiting brick and mortar stores, more and more shoppers are perfectly content to go online.  In fact, this year Black Friday online sales reached $1 billion for the first time.  Of […]

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Faster…Easier…And Just Plain Cooler! The New Webmetrics Monitoring Enterprise Console.

We’re very excited to announce the public beta launch of our Webmetrics Monitoring Enterprise Console. The new console helps customers easily manage, organize and view hundreds, or even thousands of monitoring services.  With new functionality like quick phrase searching, easy column sorting, and the ability to group and filter services by tagging, life just became […]

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What Do You Do at Neustar?

“What do you do at Neustar?” is a question I often get asked when out and about. I generally reply with some variation of, “I manage a team of Professional Services engineers,” which usually brings a rather puzzled look to the inquisitor’s face. Lately I’ve been working on a different explanation to bring a bit […]

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On the Performance of Clouds

Cloud computing is here, and it’s changing everything: infinitely scalable on-demand hardware, no up-front costs, pay-as-you-go pricing, and click-and-drag instead of rack-and-stack. It’s a paradigm shift in how IT functions, but it is no silver bullet. There are limits to the abstracted infrastructure, and undelivered promises around automatically scalable hardware. To analyze the promise and the reality of cloud, Alistair Croll spent five months doing primary research across five of the…

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Worldwide DNS lookup times – Slower than you think.

Aladdin Nassar from Microsoft’s Hotmail team recently presented some interesting network performance statistics at the Velocity 2010 conference. The whole presentation is certainly worth watching but particularly interesting was the following slide presented at the 10-minute mark on worldwide DNS and TCP performance from over 950 million data points with users that have the Bing Toolbar installed…

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Creating the Ultimate User Experience Online

The automotive, fashion and entertainment industries are paving the way for enriching the online user experience through rich internet applications. The landscape is rapidly shifting from data displayed in neat columns and rows for ease in navigation toward interaction and production of the ‘wow’ factor. The internet is becoming the medium in which companies are generating the primary source of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ for their products. Of the top 8 Flash applications (as voted* on by consumers…

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Google Public DNS vs OpenDNS vs Your ISP’s DNS – Measuring Performance

Like many in the industry, we were surprised and intrigued by the announcement yesterday that Google would be entering the DNS business. The basic logic was clear: Google has a vested interest in the internet being fast, and so they want to offer a free public utility to help it be faster. Of course, some […]

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