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This Week in Website Performance is a weekly feature of the Monitis.com blog. It summarizes recent articles about website performance. Why? Because your friends at Monitis.com care.


NoSQL or Traditional Database: From an APM Perspective There Isn’t Really Much Difference

Author: Michael Kopp.

If your application is executing more statements or downloading more data than is necessary, no amount of backend tuning will have your site running at the highest level of performance. This article serves as a reminder that the application accessing the data can be prime territory for performance improvement efforts. Monitoring and management of the performance aspect of databases is important of course, but don’t ignore the application itself!


They Own the Pipes. You Own the Water.

Author: Bryce Howard.

Network service latency can introduce significant delays in a site that at first glance seems out of your control. Tuning the site is useful, but how can the number of round trips be reduced? Bryce Howard’s 50 minute talk at Surge 2012 goes into deep detail of low-level networking protocols to address ways of dropping the round trip requirements. He eliminated the need for a new data centre for a Tax Service site by improving speed 500% by dropping the number of round trips from 6 to 1 per request. While the round trip time (RTT) is more-or-less fixed, it is possible to drop the number of round trips which can result in a tremendous improvement to time to first (and last) byte.


A Look Into: Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)

Author: Thoriq Firdaus.

Simple graphics on a page can be created using Scalable Vector Graphics (or SVG) embedded in HTML. These graphics are often smaller than their bitmapped counterparts, as well as being scalable and can be styled to suit most applications. A site that has a number of simple polygonal bitmapped graphics can be lightened considerably.


MySQL Performance: Linux I/O and Fusion-io

Author: Dimitri Kravtchuk.

Dimitri compares EXT4 and XFS filesystems in detail using MySQL and InnoDB on a linux server with Fusion-io card controlling flash drives.


Your mobile site is slower than you think

Author: Joshua Bixby.

Strangeloop Networks earlier this summer measured the performance of top e-commerce sites, comparing the full and mobile sides. This article is a high level review of the findings.

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Hovhannes Avoyan is the CEO of Monitis, Inc., a provider of on-demand systems management and monitoring software to 50,000 users spanning small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to Monitis, he served as General Manager and Director of Development at prominent web portal Lycos Europe, where he grew the Lycos Armenia group from 30 people to over 200, making it the company's largest development center. Prior to Lycos, Avoyan was VP of Technology at Brience, Inc. (based in San Francisco and acquired by Syniverse), which delivered mobile internet content solutions to companies like Cisco, Ingram Micro, Washington Mutual, Wyndham Hotels , T-Mobile , and CNN. Prior to that, he served as the founder and CEO of CEDIT ltd., which was acquired by Brience. A 24 year veteran of the software industry, he also runs Sourcio cjsc, an IT consulting company and startup incubator specializing in web 2.0 products and open-source technologies.

Hovhannes is a senior lecturer at the American Univeristy of Armenia and has been a visiting lecturer at San Francisco State University. He is a graduate of Bertelsmann University.

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