Saturday, October 16, 2010

Akamai user conference

Had a good time in Miami for a few days this week, got a lot of good content from the conference. I'm going to go over my notes some more next week, but there are some of the highlights from the show:

New offering
Fraud detection and scoring - Akamai does tokenization removing PCI scope, and they can build a profile on the end users and given them scores.

Cybersource - they are one of the processors of the akamai pci solution.

Edge encryption - Encrypts the data at the edge all the way to the database Only privledged systems can decrypt the data from the database. (might be useful, not sure)

Siteshield - ACL only allowing requests from specific akamai servers (protects against ddos)

ADS - Predictive analytics
Shows the proper ads based on what they are looking at across all sites
Look across 500+ shopping sites, on 160M users
Don't use pixels to allocate ads (slows down the site)

Akamai - Velocitude mobile reformatting on the fly -
Special tagging system which takes content and displays it for the proper device. Resized images and content done on the fly. Includes all data.

2010 - .NET
2011 - .COM

Akamai implement at end of 2010. Ga early 2011.
signed by Akamai. No need to manage it.
Need to look at godaddy. (they do some of our DNS along with Akamai)
Kpi. You make your own key and keep private key.
Look into internally. Microsoft dns support.
Need to start looking into routing ipv6. Check on firewalls (security support for ips and others) lb.
Geolocation for v6?
Look at ipv6 mtu issues
Idea Use Akamai edsgescape for geolocation versus what we do now.
Google support for ga and other tools? We use. Reporting infrastructure.
Q1 2011
Tech preview

Q1 2012
Limited availability
Akamai will nat to v4 for you.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

HP Upgrades – QC,QTP,PC

Before I go into these 3 suites of tools, when is HP finally going to update BAC, RUM, or Diagnostics? It seemed like these tools have been really stagnate the last 3 years. I’m not going to HP Software Universe anymore, and I keep getting new account reps, so I have no idea what the roadmap is these days. That’s enough HP bashing, onto the good stuff.

We did the yearly HP upgrade over the last couple weeks, here is the rundown on the technologies and what was involved in each:

1. QTP – Very easy upgrade, did this on our terminal server and a desktop. The license server is now supported on 64-bit machines, so we moved the license server off an older 2003 box onto a 2008R2 system. No issues with the upgrade, and there seems to be a lot of improvements. Still waiting for feedback from our QA team on the improvements.

2. PC – Ended up building a couple new VMs for this, as we moved it onto Windows 2008R2 (64-bit) as well. There were no issues with the reinstall or moving our scripts and data over to the new systems. The tool itself didn’t have a lot of changes, but the fact that it runs on 64-bit is a good step to us getting rid of our 2003 systems.

3. QC – This one is the problem child. Initially we were going to be doing a larger rollout of QC10, so we built 2 VMs. One was for the DB and one for the app. The DB needed to be on an older OS and such, which was annoying. I ended up reinstalling it onto a Windows 2008 (32-bit) system along with moving to SQL 2008. They don’t yet support SQL 2008 R2 or Windows 2008 R2 from looking at the documentation. It was not all that clear. I have a case open with HP, as during the setup it doesn’t seem to want to connect to the database. I have checked the SQL Server TCP settings, and verified the login/password both locally and over the network. More on this one as HP helps me with the issues.

Sorry for the lack of updates, I should have a few posts coming up now.