Blog Summary for Week of December 12

1. Monitor Everything with Monitis – And do it easily with PowerShell – Part 12
This series has covered a dozen or so ways to use Monitis and PowerShell to monitor all kinds of IT services and metrics. This post shows how to add notification rules to the mix. That’s right, not only can Monitis+PowerShell monitor anything in your network, it can also notify your personnel via Email, SMS, and other channels. Three commands are introduced that let you do this: Add-MonitisContact, Get-MonitisContact, Add-MonitisNotificationRule. The source code is provided.

2. 20 Browser-Based Storefront Creation Services – Part 4/4
It’s the holidays, and that means online stores are counting on their store-front software to perform during this very critical month. This is the last in the series that covers various softwares and services for online store owners. It covers Kryptonic, FlashEcom, PinnacleCart, Nexternal, and CubeCart.

3. 21 Apache Tomcat Configuration Tips
Here are 21 indispensable tips for running Apache Tomcat, the world’s most popular Java server, at maximum performance. #1 is to avoid white spaces when installing Apache Tomcat in a Windows environment. This avoids many headaches later on. Tip #11 says to use a Logging Toolkit. Eliminate System.err and System.out from the application code and use Log4J instead.

4. NoSQL: Apache Cassandra 101
This post is an introduction to Apache Cassandra, the NoSQL database system that was initially developed by Facebook and is now under the purview of the Apache Foundation. Apache Casandra has risen as a welcome alternative to HBase, another highly scalable, and available key value store. Cassandra is unique in that it stores data by column instead of by row. This makes aggregating column values super fast. You can more about Cassandra’s architecture, which makes it suitable for today’s Big Data needs.