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What are “Off-times”?

I got called out in email, I think reasonably appropriately, for using the term “off-times” when referring to choosing a better time to do our sprintly upgrades.  In a 24x7 continuous service world, there really is no such thing as a “good” time to have a problem.  I’ve written in the past about the extensive lengths to ...

Visual Studio Online Update – Dec 11

Today we did our last deployment of 2013 (Sprint 57).  You can read about it here: http://visualstudio.com/en-us/news/2013-dec-11-vso Our next deployment would normally fall very close to the Christmas holiday and to avoid that, we’ll be skipping the Sprint 58 deployment and just rolling all of that work into the Sprint 59 ...

Load Testing VSOnline/TFS

Ed Glas, Bill Barnett and Jiange Sun published a detailed write up of their experiences load testing VSOnline/TFS.  It’s a good read because they go into a lot of the reasons for the things they do and also talk about things they’ve tried that didn’t work.  They’ve now moved almost all of their load testing to...

A Rough Patch

Either I’m going to get increasingly good at apologizing to fewer and fewer people or we’re going to get better at this.  I vote for the later. We’ve had some issues with the service over the past week and a half.  I feel terrible about it and I can’t apologize enough.  It’s the biggest incident we’ve had since the ...

How much data can you put on VSOnline?

I don’t get asked that question too often but I do occasionally and, as the service matures, I know I’ll get asked it more and more so it’s been on my mind.  I was looking at some data yesterday about some of our largest tenants.  No, I wasn’t looking at any of their IP (I can’t) but I was looking at ...

Application Insights going fast

Overall, tire kicking on Application Insights is going well and the invitation codes continue to get used up pretty quickly.  We’ve now got many hundreds of accounts enabled so I’m probably going to slow down a bit on handing out invitation codes.  But… Here’s another one for another opportunity: ...

Application Insights invitation

In the launch keynote on Wed, I announced, and Nicole demoed a new service on VS Online called Application Insights. I also announced that it is in “limited preview” – meaning it’s an invitation only service for now.  It’s early and we want to grow it slowly so that we can incorporate feedback early, getting ...

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