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Tell us about your company and the solution that you have created.
was founded in 2006 on the basis that web technology and scale has expanded far
beyond the reach of testing technologies built in the days of smaller and
simpler architectures. Particularly in the web performance testing
area, where a mere mention by Oprah or Groupon causes sites to crash with
millions of users, and 20 percent of the Internet is consumed by users watching
Netflix. Hardware is always a constraint to test these systems, and traditional
test tools fail when exposed to technology like Microsoft Silverlight or AJAX,
or tasked to analyze performance issues within large datasets. We built a full
technology stack, CloudTest, aimed at finding results by analyzing the source
of web performance issues at any scale. Complementing this are patented test
creation capabilities to realistically drive systems as real users do, to
deliver real web scale and geographic load, and we built the whole thing to
utilize the cloud.
are the key benefits of using Windows Azure with CloudTest?
Johnson: CloudTest is a capacity
hog. Real web users are global, and their numbers are immense. To simulate
them, we need globally distributed compute power. With Windows Azure, we can simulate
hundreds or millions of web users from United States, Europe, and Asia. When we
learned of the Windows Azure distributed locations and nearly limitless capacity
in early 2010, we instantly signed up. The low cost of Windows Azure compute
resources makes our services affordable enough for customers to run tests of
any scope and scale, anytime.
you give us an overview of the solution?
Johnson: SOASTA has delivered thousands of tests for hundreds of customers using
CloudTest. The common thread for all is a critical website or application and
looming events-whether daily sales spikes, open enrollment, world crises,
celebrity media launches, or mobile phone releases. Because we run in test labs
through to live production, the problems we find range from code bugs, database
limitations, third-party application contention, Content Delivery Network (CDN)
needs, firewall meltdowns, inadequate load balancers, and limited bandwidth.
The CloudTest platform is used by SOASTA's team
of expert Performance Testing Engineers to deliver services to customers ranging
from Telco's rolling out mobile devices to leading real estate websites. We
also deliver an on-premises version so performance testing
teams have full control to build, deploy, and analyze running on Windows Azure
or other internal and external hardware.
Is this solution available to the public right now?
Johnson: Yes. CloudTest On-Demand services are delivered as full turnkey performance testing engagements. Delivered
within a day or two, and, on occasion, hours, our team works with the customer
to determine test needs. We then build the tests, deploy the cloud-based load
generators, and at a scheduled time, the customer team joins ours via a web
meeting, and the test begins. Real-time results are analyzed during the live
event, and many issues are isolated and often resolved during the test.
CloudTest Pro puts all the web performance testing capabilities we offer, and
control of the entire public cloud infrastructure, in the hands of test teams
for internal and external performance testing across the software delivery cycle.
SOASTA offers our Windows
Azure Performance Certification program for customers deploying on Windows Azure.
The service verifies web application performance for up to 10,000 users in a
simple package. For information, please visit: http://www.soasta.com/azure-certification.
Windows Azure Performance Certification ranks your
application on Windows Azure.
Click here to read the SOASTA Windows Azure case study about CloudTest used to
Watch this Channel 9 video to get an overview of SOASTA, presented at
CloudExpo by SOASTA CEO Tom Lounibos and VP Product and Channel Marketing Brad
more about SOASTA and the CloudTest Solution, attend the Academy Live Session
Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 8:00 AM PST, "Cloud Testing on Azure with SOASTA: Certifying Web
Performance at any Scale" with SOASTA
CEO Tom Lounibos. Register here.