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The Company

SOASTA based in California, the company offers both internally installed and cloud-based testing applications. SOASTA developed a cloud-based testing application that it now deploys on the Windows Azure platform. Their CloudTest Service Helps Performance-Testing Firm Simulate Real-World Internet Traffic. With the Windows Azure platform SOASTA has easy access to servers all over the world under a pay-as-you-go pricing model. The company recently demonstrated its CloudTest® application in a case-study test of Office.com for Microsoft.

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With the Windows Azure platform, we’re able to simulate real-world Web traffic …. we can spin up as many servers as necessary, execute the test scenarios, and return actionable results while the test is running.  *

Dave Murphy, SVP SOASTA

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The Architecture

Architecture

Why Windows Azure Platform?

By deploying its CloudTest application on the Windows Azure platform, SOASTA can accurately and cost-effectively simulate real-world conditions related to scale, distance, and other external factors that can affect performance. These issues often can’t be measured by traditional lab tests.

Wider Geographic Distribution

For SOASTA, a major benefit of the solution is gaining access to servers in dozens of countries. “Because the Windows Azure platform includes servers in data centers located around the world, we are in a better position to help our customers understand the effects of a geographically dispersed user base,” says Johnson.

High Scalability

The CloudTest application can also test a range of different traffic levels. “With the Windows Azure platform, we’re able to simulate real-world Web traffic from thousands to millions of users at a time,” says Murphy. “And because of the Windows Azure API and our CloudTest provisioning wizard, we can do it very quickly. As soon as we know a user’s testing needs, we can spin up as many servers as necessary, execute the test scenarios, and return actionable results while the test is running.”

Real-Time Results

With the flexibility of the Windows Azure platform, SOASTA can use its internally developed OLAP engine to analyze a variety of test metrics in real time. “The main benefit of our real-time OLAP engine and dynamic CloudTest Analytics dashboards is that we can capture terabytes of data in-flight and give customers a clear view of what’s happening as their systems respond to different load levels and other demands,” says Murphy.

What’s Next

Computer Science Corporation (CSC) and SOASTA announced a strategic alliance to offer CloudTest for Web Application performance testing within CSC’s Trusted Cloud Services. 

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Video Interview with SOASTA

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Additional information:

SOASTA CloudTest Microsoft case study, here.

CSC and SOASTA announce web application performance testing within CSC’s Trusted Cloud Services, here.