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SOASTA Beefs Up CloudTest

One of the biggest US retailers apparently saved an estimated $30,000 in revenue in the first hour of using CloudTest

SOASTA has beefed up its CloudTest platform with the new Spring Release.

Production loads of mobile and web apps can now be tested on over 750,000 cloud-based load servers worldwide simulating hundreds of thousands of users.

It was already supposed to be the largest test cloud of available load generators around when it was only at a half-a-million servers and SOASTA preens that it can scale to any level of traffic as global public and private cloud computing expands. It’s even got a patent protecting the widgetry’s speed, scalability and affordability.


SOASTA's CEO
Tom Lounibos being interviewed at 4th Cloud Expo (November 2009)

You can’t have high traffic causing crashes and failures creating disgruntled customers or preventing crucial business from getting done.

The company has added new cloud service providers like StratoGen and uCloud and additional cloud locations across Asia from Amazon AWS, Google, HP Cloud and IBM Smart Cloud so its Global Test Cloud is seeing app traffic generated from China, Taiwan, Japan and Australia and cities like Beijing, Hong Kong, Jinghua, Tianjin, Tokyo, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Singapore, Sydney and Yunfu.

The Chinese sites are being used domestically, mostly for local e-commerce, rather than by western companies looking to expand, according CEO Tom Lounibos.

CloudTest has also compressed testing time-to-results. SOASTA feels these improvements will be dear to the hearts of harried testers and include:

  • What SOASTA calls its “mixing board controls,” an analogy borrowed from music-mixing, that allows for dynamic ramp adjustment with slider controls for increasing or decreasing distributed user traffic loads while the tests are running. Changes and adjustments can be made during tests without stopping, starting or rescheduling.
  • Active Waterfall Charts provide live views of the most timeconsuming elements of front-end web performance. SOASTA says static waterfall charts are a known resource for single-user diagnostics and optimization. Now within CloudTest, live views of how individual web elements affect the overall user experience can be viewed and analyzed in the context of end-to-end performance tests while they execute.
  • Record to Clip capabilities accelerate test creation by enabling advanced editing of test cases in line while tests are recorded. CloudTest users can now streamline test creation further by interactively editing test cases during the recording process. This lets experienced users compress the steps in recording a test and editing the test into one continuous task – decreasing pre-test activities.

“CloudTest has led to a paradigm shift of a process that was once imprecise and time-consuming,” said Larry Cohen, global head of QA at Experian Marketing Services. “CloudTest enabled our development team to deliver a more reliable product faster by addressing issues earlier in the process. Now we can test applications faster, more rigorously, and at scale for less cost.”

Lounibos, who positions CloudTest as an “enterprise fixture,” brags that one of the biggest US retailers saved an estimated $30,000 in revenue in the first hour of using CloudTest.

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