Author Archives: Kit Merker

About Kit Merker

Product Manager @ Google - working on Kubernetes / Google Container Engine.

5 Reasons to Set Up Business Website Monitoring

Today’s guest blog post is from Davis J Martin. As a business owner, you want your website to be up and running; but you may not have considered using a 3rd party monitoring service. If that’s you, keep reading. I know, … Continue reading

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I recently found this slideshare about how to run a post-mortem here: Post Mortems for Humans I am personally a firm believer that if you want a reliable, problem-resistant system, you have to incrementally improve by asking questions and systematically eradicating … Continue reading

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5 Lessons from Healthcare.gov Software Disaster of the Century

The most visible software disaster I’ve ever seen is the Healthcare.gov problems that have received unprecedented media coverage and raised concerns both technical and political. There is plenty of coverage of the saga so I won’t bother to repost or … Continue reading

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Solve Human Error Disclosures

It doesn’t matter how good your technology systems are if you trust people to follow certain steps to keep data secure as a prison in England learned the hard way. The best part of this story is that they “were … Continue reading

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Proactive Server Monitoring Pitfalls

The following is a guest post by Svet Stefanov.  He is a freelance writer and a contributing author to WebSitePulse’s blog. Svet is currently exploring the topic of proactive monitoring, and how it can help small and big business steer clear of shallow … Continue reading

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Software You Hope You Never Use

I was reminded recently of a project I worked on several years ago for a local university.  This software was a simple system to be used in emergency situations to help account for students who may have been affected and … Continue reading

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What You Wish You Knew During a Crisis…

From my guest post at ContinuityInsights.com During a crisis, there is almost by definition a shortage of accessible information. Because of the time pressure a disaster creates, anything considered noise gets filtered out and ignored. However, if you could create … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Windows Azure Leap Day Downtime

I’d be remiss not to mention the Windows Azure Downtime on Leap Day.  Because of my employment at Microsoft I won’t speculate or say too much on the situation.   I have said before that cloud computing does not completely alleviate … Continue reading

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Through the Storm – Interview with Arterian IT Founder Jamison West

I recently had a chance to interview Jamison West of Arterian. Jamison, who founded the company that is now Arterian in 1995, envisions a future where every small to mid-sized company will have an IT partner become a vital part of … Continue reading

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Learning from the Costa Concordia Shipwreck

On Friday January 13th, the Costa Concordia had a disaster – running into rocks off the shores off Italy’s western coast and eventually rolling onto its side in the water.   The toll on human life is tragic – several are … Continue reading

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