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Author: Brad Canham

Announcing BrowserView Website Monitoring at Internet World Tradeshow

Announcing BrowserView Monitoring at Internet World Tradeshow: Dotcom-Monitor Launches Worldwide Speed Performance Website Monitoring Solution

Minneapolis, Minnesota – April. 20, 2012 – Dotcom-Monitor, (www.Dotcom-Monitor.com), today announced the immediate availability of BrowserView Monitoring™ website speed testing solution testing using Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer browsers from worldwide locations.

“The 20th anniversary of Internet World is an ideal launch event for BrowserView Monitoring,” said Vadim Mazo, Chief Technical Officer (CTO). “Obviously, slow web pages frustrate website customers. Having the ability to affordably uncover website issues and make constant improvements is a key goal for website marketing and IT,” noted Mazo, “Consistent delivery of web pages at peak speed is critical to customer satisfaction and repeat visits.”

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IRWD: Online Retail and the Speed and Beauty of Performance Monitoring

On February 15, 2012 I had the privilege of presenting a talk on website performance monitoring to 800+ of the world’s top online retail IT experts at the renowned Internet Retailer – Website Design and Usability Conference (IRWD) in Orlando, Florida alongside Matt Hoenck, the IT Director at Thymes.com. Competition is fierce in online retail and the stakes are high as more and more shoppers switch from bricks-and-mortar to online buying. Online retailers must remain informed of new technologies that improve website uptime and performance, (such as the new UserView Monitoring – Video Capture) and strike the right balance with user experience expectations involving website design and usability.

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IPv6 Performance Monitoring: An External View on June 8, IPv6 Day

External IPv6 Monitoring for IPv6-Enabled Services

As highlighted by the upcoming IPv6 Day on June 8, the need for a new Internet Protocol (IP) is well understood and accepted in the networking industry.

Requirements for more address space, simpler address design and handling at the IP layer, better Quality of Service (QoS) support, greater security, and an increasing number of media types and Internet-capable devices have all contributed to drive the development of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

What is less well understood certainly are aspects of how external monitoring helps identify key challenges for businesses using IPv6, specific areas for IPv6 performance monitoring, and the benefits of external IPv6 performance monitoring. Firstly, for brevity sake are some of the basic aspects of IPv6-related monitoring are noted in the grid below and the services to test and monitor. Then, a longer, detailed notes on the aspects of IPv6 as related to external monitoring.

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Tweet and Retweet Monitoring Competition | Dotcom-Monitor Twitter

Dotcom-Monitor Twitter Competition!

I’d like to win a year of Dotcom-Monitor website monitoring & application monitoring @dotcom_monitor #IRCE Booth 1827 https://wp.me/p1070N-3S

The more tweets, the more chances to win….. 1-year of Dotcom-Monitor services – either (you pick) UserView Monitoring (Standard I package), a browser driven Application Monitoring service, or ServerView Monitoring (Standard I package). The Twitter campaign is as part of Dotcom-Monitor’s exhibiting activities (Booth 1827) at the 2011 Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition (IRCE), June 13-17 . Dotcom-Monitor automatically monitors website applications and notifies users when errors occur, sends diagnostic information, and provides real-time and detailed reporting.

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IPv6 Monitoring | IPv6 Performance, Network & Security Monitoring

The switch to IPv6 is jumping to light speed. On June 8, 2011 several large organizations, including Google, Yahoo, and Facebook will run a comprehensive test for switching to IPv6. If all goes well most companies will start making the switch. However, the advent of IPV6 is not without problems and the performance monitoring solutions that worked for IPv4, will not work with IPv6.

Using an active external performance monitoring service will be critical with the advent of IPv6. Network and website managers must have a true view into end-user connectivity and the ability to receive instant notification whenever a problem occurs. For instant free test tools for IPv6 performance see ServerView Monitoring™ https://www.dotcom-monitor.com/free-uptime-performance-tests.aspx™ https://www.dotcom-monitor.com/technical-tools-browser-test.aspx .

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Dotcom-Monitor Launches a Free Browser-Based Website Performance Test

BrowserView Website Performance Test is a free online test that uses Dotcom-Monitor’s browser-based BrowserView Monitoring™ platform. The test produces a detailed waterfall chart – from each of the 19 worldwide locations – that displays the time it takes to render individual webpage objects, including dynamic Web 2.0 page elements (such as Ajax, Flash, etc..). BrowserView Website Performance Test has the most comprehensive worldwide network of monitoring locations currently available.

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Interactive Agencies: CDN Monitoring to enhance “Client Experience”

CDN Monitoring to enhance “Client Experience”: The use of Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) allows interactive agencies to position online media, such that client website and web applications load faster for a better user experience, and improved website “results”, such as – impressions, conversions, and online sales. However, use of CDNs is not without risk for both interactive agencies and their clients. By using a CDN, the interactive agency is also losing some insight into the performance of/and direct control over the online content. In fact, several issues can develop within a CDN that adversely affects online content and the websites that interactive agency’s produce for clients. As a result of these issues, the interactive agency’s relationship with its clients can suffer. However, when external CDN monitoring is in place the interactive agency maintains insights into performance issues that occur to online content positioned on a CDN network and therefore can better serve its clients.

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Monitoring the Double Rainbow | Streaming Media Monitoring Tools

The Double Rainbow video guy is shilling for Microsoft and the stats on online videos continue on a sky rocketing uptick. Thus spoketh Double Rainbow guy “It’s so beautiful, but what does it mean?” It means that the ying of online video is in a gigantic, exuberantly crazy growth phase and that the yang of streaming media monitoring is nearby.

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The 9 Levels of Website Performance Monitoring

So, is there a practical way to think about website performance monitoring and the services needed to monitor specific scenarios? Yes.
The following website performance monitoring selection guide, while no means universal, provides basic guidance in understanding what performance monitoring service best fits certain scenarios and requirements.

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