Going Back In Time

API Time Travel We frequently check general performance data to look for 'odd' responses and we found an interesting one today which involved an API call on a test server which took -284,027ms, or just a little under 5 minutes.  We assume that the host had to have a clock reset in the middle of making the API call, but it was an interesting results and one which has led to a small change on our side to error out such platform induced time issues in the future. Once again, this makes it clear to us that just [...]

By | May 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

False Clusters and New DNS Handling

As one of our feature enhancements we've improved the way our agents work, we are now consistently capturing key data on the actual API performance including: DNS Lookup time: i.e. 28355µs (28ms) Time to Connect: i.e 76106µs (76ms) Time for Handshake: i.e 0µs (0ms) Upload time: i.e. 48µs (0ms) Processing time: i.e. 120568µs (121ms) Download time: i.e. 2545µs (3ms) However, this improvement has raised two issues.  Firstly, we have realized that we had some minor reporting issues with our old collection agents which means that some of the latencies we are recording were actually better than actually were being experienced. [...]

By | May 4th, 2016|API Update, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Outages – were you ready?

Twitter had an extremely rare outage today, as our recent social media report showed, they're one of the most reliable services we measure. But they do have outages and given the range of services plugged into the APIs it affected people enough that the news outlets noticed: BBC Coverage here So, were you ready for it? The problems seem to have started around 13:00UTC (5am Pacific) and started clearing up around 15:00.  They were intermitent and we'll publish a more detailed review of the anatomy of this outage and the identifying characteristics later. From our initial insights, the US was [...]

By | January 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Quick Update – Happy New Year

We'll have more details out shortly but there's a lot of features and changes coming in the next few days, once we're through the final testing.  These include, but are not limited to: System wide variables with the ability to set different production environments Improved data visualizations with new graphing options and improved heatmaps Global SLA settings View all deployments from a single view We now support a full range of webhook integrations to services like Pager Duty and Github and we have a general set of webhooks that can be used for all integrations Watch this space!

By | January 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

APImetrics Second API Performance Report – Social Networks

For our second API Health Report we decided to look at Social Networking APIs, specifically Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr - like with our first report we were interested in how your choice of cloud could impact the results, but unlike the first report, we've also added in a range of global locations so you can see how cloud choices and location of users could impact performance. One of the key takeaways from this report is that there are differences between the clouds and large differences between the regions once you are outside of the United States. If you have customers [...]

By | November 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Self-Regulation and Why Third-Party Monitoring Matters

Who Watches the Watchmen Self-Regulation, although sometimes viewed in a negative light, is actually a key cog in today’s global economy. It has helped a wide range of industries, from advertising, to health care, to professional sports. In advertising, groups like the Interactive Advertising Bureau and the National Advertising Review Council have helped protect consumers and monitor the industry. Within the health care industry, the American Medical Association has supplemented the government regulators to assist with maintaining the strict practices and procedures. The world of professional and amateur sports is very fragmented, however they all have governing bodies that assist [...]

By | July 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

APImetrics Integrates with New Relic Insights

You can now integrate our API Performance Monitoring with New Relic Insights. This new feature will give you the ability to connect the stream of API data collected by our tool, to New Relic’s real-time analytics platform and help you keep full watch on your applications. Set Up Sign into your New Relic Insights account and select Manage Data, then API Keys. Add a new Insert Key. On this screen you’ll find your Account ID and Key needed to enable the integration. (Save these for Step 5.) 4. Sign into your APImetrics account and select @(username) > Edit Profile. 5. [...]

By | July 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments