10 Application Failures of 2014 That Expose Importance of Monitoring

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2014-10-22

A report released in 2013 by Emerson Network Power revealed that just one minute of unplanned system downtime costs the average company $5,000. And that was last year; applications are only getting more complex and harder to handle. Conventionally, a runbook would provide detailed instructions for what to do when something breaks, but modern applications now operate on too large a scale to anticipate every problem. Technically, none of the companies in this slide show did anything wrong; they just couldn't plan for the causes that landed them on this list. All have global, Web-scale architectures, making it impossible for development teams to act before frustrated users speak up on social media. Is there a solution to this daunting task? There is. Artificial intelligence-based monitoring tracks down problems before they result in outages, giving people advanced notice of potential issues and providing peace of mind for an increasingly complex landscape. This slide show uses eWEEK reporting and industry information and commentary from Alois Reitbauer, chief evangelist for artificial intelligence-based performance monitoring and analytics provider Ruxit, to break down the top 10 avoidable application outages of 2014.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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