Application Performance Management

    November 18, 2013 7:30 PM

    CITYTECH, Inc. has partnered with OC Systems, who provides a great product called RootCause Transaction Instrumentation (RTI), as their Application Management (APM) Solution, which is designed to support the performance of mission critical applications.  We were introduced to OC Systems and RTI through our mutual relationship with Red Hat and JBoss.  Since learning about their offering, we have worked with many clients who have been able to find a significant amount of value in implementing RTI.

    posted by Melissa Geoffrion

    AWS Cross-Zone Load Balancing solves Akamai DNS caching

    November 12, 2013 8:26 PM

    AWS's Elastic Load Balancers (ELBs) have often had issues with services that cache DNS lookups.  Akamai is an example of one service where we have had to deal with this.  As you may already know, lookups against an ELB's DNS address can return several IPs, and each of these IPs correspond to a particular Availability Zone (AZ).  This offers you the conventional DNS round-robin method of load balancing.   When these IPs are cached, however, there have often been problems with Akamai edge servers.  

    posted by Michael Chan

    Content Optimization Using Testing and Targeting

    November 7, 2013 2:19 PM

    Testing and targeting are two hot strategies for web content optimization. They are also often misunderstood, misused, or disregarded. This post will provide a 10,000-foot view of testing, targeting, and content optimization. This isn’t anything new or groundbreaking, but it’s something that many marketers don't "get". My goal is to help you understand what they are and why they are important. Then we can talk about putting these strategies into action.

    posted by Ryan Lunka

    Making User Experience Personal

    November 5, 2013 3:17 PM

    Everyday when I walk to work I pass by this display for the new MOTO X phone which has a cool, interactive display that lets you build and customize the phone.  Their whole goal for this new phone is to not be the top of the line in specs or power, but to deliver a great user experience.  To be personal.  You can customize the colors and accents of the phone and even add your own little tag line to the outside casing.  The goal is to make you feel more connected to your phone because you made it yours.  This reminds me of how we want our online experiences to be -- personal.

    posted by Fred Faulkner

    Top 5 Things we are Looking Forward to at AWS re:Invent

    October 30, 2013 3:30 PM

    The AWS re:Invent conference is just around the corner and there are several things our CITYTECH Cloud Managed Services team is looking forward to: 1.     New feature announcements. AWS is always in the process of improving their offerings, adding new features as well as enhancing their existing services. As an AWS premier partner, we have gotten a small glimpse into some of the new offerings but are looking forward to all of the official announcements. We will be able to implement many of their features immediately. Anything that gives us the ability to be more preformat and in turn offer those benefits to our customers is exciting.

    posted by Molly McDaniel

    Apache Felix: Service resolution, selecting from multiple resolved candidates

    October 21, 2013 7:51 PM

    Inversion of Control (IoC) is an amazing design pattern. IoC aims to remove static coupling of objects from one another at compile time in lieu of run-time resolved, object interactions based on contracts, or interfaces. Apache Felix implements this pattern with its Dependency Manager.

    posted by Josh Durbin

    CITYTECH Awarded the AWS MSP Competency

    September 30, 2013 4:21 PM

    I am happy to announce that CITYTECH has been awarded the APN Managed Service Provider (MSP) competency by Amazon Web Services (AWS). The APN competencies are AWS partner designations, designed to differentiate partners who have developed expertise in specific solutions areas. AWS has worked to set a high threshold for their partners (CITYTECH is one of only 10 global partners to be awarded the MSP competency).

    posted by Daniel Ryerson

    Unlocking CQ's Fixed Templates: Part 2

    September 20, 2013 3:59 PM

    Welcome back!  We are diving right back into templates in this blog - if you missed Part 1, go ahead and read it now, and then we'll dive into the code. The Layouts Sticking with the three column layout example, our super basic layout with html looks like the following:

    posted by Kirk Snedeker

    5 Ways to Maximize Uptime Through Monitoring

    September 20, 2013 2:01 AM

    Here at CITYTECH, we are dedicated to providing the best service and the maximum uptime possible for our clients.  Keeping customers happy however would not be possible if it weren't for our monitoring solution combined with our application & infrastructure-specific customizations.  For us, the top 5 things that have helped are:

    posted by Michael Chan

    Unlocking CQ’s Fixed Templates

    September 18, 2013 5:10 PM

    CQ is very conscious of the author experience, so what surprises new CQ authors and developers alike is that once a page is created, it is fixed in its template. A two column page stays a two column page, a one column page stays a one column page. That is, unless you’ve got some time and/or sympathetic developers. There are, in fact, two ways to change a template: delete the page and recreate it from scratch with the new template, or take the time and effort to switch the template and map content from the old one to the new one in order to preserve content. Not impossible, but certainly not the best use of time.

    posted by Kirk Snedeker

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