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The cloud provides two major advantages to load and performance procedures that help testing teams better model realistic behavior: instant infrastructure and geographic location. Cloud-based load testing also lowers the total cost of ownership, increases flexibility and allows testers to understand the impact of third-party components. So you're sold on using the cloud; here's what you should look for in a cloud-based load testing solution. One of the most dangerous moves software developers and testers can make is being lulled into a false sense of security. For example, when application features and performance levels meet expectations during pre-production, only to crash and burn when presented to real users in production. In that same vein, if your organization has any kind of performance testing strategy, chances are you're conducting load testing. However, yo... (more)

Cloud Test Environments | @CloudExpo #CloudNative #AI #Serverless #DevOps

Companies, today, are finding that costs can be significantly reduced by moving test environments to the cloud and implementing automated testing and infrastructure. The temporary nature of test environments creates opportunities to reduce the time it takes to cycle through individual tests. If hours can be shaved down to minutes in the process of setting up an environment, running a test and tearing down the environment, then budgets for test environments can be cut considerably. The impact of cloud adoption on test environments is a valuable advancement in both cost savings and agility. The on-demand model takes advantage of public cloud APIs requiring only payment for the time needed to run automated tests. In this framework, success depends on two things: automated infrastructure and automated acceptance tests. If these two goals can be achieved, the cost savi... (more)

[slides] Wild West of Gemini Test Automation | @CloudExpo #DevOps #AI #ML #DX

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Conquering the Wild West of Gemini Test Automation Gemini is Yahoo's native and search advertising platform. To ensure the quality of a complex distributed system that spans multiple products and components and across various desktop websites and mobile app and web experiences - both Yahoo owned and operated and third-party syndication (supply), with complex interaction with more than a billion users and numerous advertisers globally (demand) - it becomes imperative to automate a set of end-to-end tests 24x7 to detect bugs and regression. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In their session at 21st Cloud Expo, Jenny Hung, E2E Engineer Manager at Yahoo Gemini, Haoran Zhao, Software Engineer at Oath Gemini, and Lin Zhang, Software Engineer at Oath (Yahoo), described the technical challenges and the principles they fol... (more)

SOASTA Named "Bronze Sponsor" of World's Largest Cloud Computing Event

SYS-CON Events announced today that SOASTA, the leader in cloud testing, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of 5th International Cloud Computing Expo (www.CloudComputingExpo.com), which will take place April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. SOASTA also recently received $10 million in Series C funding as it prepares its global expansion in 2010. "Leveraging the Cloud to test websites is a game changer for our customers," says SOASTA CEO Tom Lounibos (http://tomlounibos.ulitzer.com). Read Tom Lounibos's insightful article "Why Has Web Testing Failed Us?" Cloud Expo was announced on February 24, 2007, the day the term "cloud computing" was coined. That same year, the first Cloud Expo took place in New York City with 450 delegates. This coming April, Cloud Expo is returning to New York City with more than 5,000 delegates and over 100 sponso... (more)

The Ultimate Mobile Performance Testing Checklist | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

To conduct complete mobile performance testing, a process that will allow you to consistently deliver an exceptional application experience to mobile users, make sure you hit every point on our ultimate mobile performance testing checklist. By now, hopefully you're well aware of the importance of mobile performance testing. It's essential for your organization to test for mobile users whether or not you have a dedicated mobile application. In case you aren't aware of its necessity, here are a couple statistics to cement the idea: 29% of smartphone users will immediately switch to another site or app if it doesn't satisfy their needs (e.g., they can't find information or it's too slow) Of the aforementioned users that switch, 70% do so because of lagging load times (Source) To conduct complete mobile performance testing, a process that will allow you to consistently ... (more)

CSC & SOASTA Announce Performance Testing Within Trusted Cloud Services

CSC has announced with SOASTA that it will integrate SOASTA CloudTest into CSC's Trusted Cloud Services and testing and development methodology. SOASTA CloudTest provides load and performance testing solutions to ensure Web applications and services perform in a highly reliable, scalable and predictable manner. CSC offers Independent Testing and Validation Services across industry verticals, leveraging its deep domain expertise, global delivery capability and comprehensive portfolio of testing services. CSC also provides "Testing as a Service" (TaaS) within its Trusted Cloud Services offering. Testing as a Service is available on-demand in public, private and hybrid cloud networks to meet customers' business requirements, security needs and regulatory standards. "Website performance impacts any enterprise that is marketing, selling or processing business using the W... (more)

Cloud Expo Sponsor Secures $10M Funding

SOASTA at Cloud Expo SOASTA, the leader in cloud testing, announced the successful close of $10 million in Series C funding as it prepares its global expansion. The round was led by UV Partners, and included participation from all existing investors Canaan Partners, Formative Ventures and The Entrepreneurs’ Fund. The company’s growth plan includes the opening of offices in Europe, broadening of the reseller channel and increasing its technology roadmap with product enhancements to address the growing demand for SOASTA’s cloud-based testing service. The announcement follows other significant company milestones. SOASTA recently announced a new partnership with Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC), a leading managed services provider, who has integrated CloudTest into its Trusted Cloud Services offering and its testing and development methodology. The company com... (more)

Putting the Test Back into DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #BigData #Microservices

Putting the Test Back into DevOps by Justin Rohrman DevOps has become synonymous with empowering developers to move faster and deliver more software, but has unintentionally moved software quality and testing into a corner. The pendulum that swings back and forth between very slow testing and staying far away from overly technical solutions has swung hard with DevOps, completely ignoring the value that testers can bring by forcing customers to test new code and creating teams that rely monitoring systems to find things that could have been caught before customers noticed. DevOps has moved from being something based on speculation about what development could be, to a real part of the developer role. Let's see how we can swing this trend back to a more responsible place, still using DevOps to release software faster but with a level of quality that customers will be ... (more)

How Can Developers and Testers Get Along Better? | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

There's something in the air this time of year. I know you see it too. People are nicer to each other. We all seem to make a little extra room in our hearts. We're more accommodating, friendlier, more tolerant. It's just what happens during the holidays. There are few better examples of what it means to truly capture the spirit of the season than Elf. If you haven't seen it, you should. It's actually #3 on Boston.com's list of all-time top holiday movies. Will Ferrell plays Buddy, a human who was raised by one of Santa's elves in the North Pole. He lives a gloriously innocent and whimsical life working for the big red guy, when one day he learns the truth about his heritage. He decides to venture to New York City to find his biological father. The movie follows his journey as he spreads holiday cheer, experiences the wonders of everyday things we all take for grante... (more)

Benefits of Load Testing in the Cloud (Part 1)

Many companies have moved applications to the cloud as a way to reduce capital expenditure while improving IT focus and effectiveness. End users see the cloud as a way to access their documents and applications remotely from anywhere and from any device. IT managers see the cloud as a means of rapidly adapting their infrastructures as needed via virtualization and a pay-per use-model. But what about load testing engineers? Can they seize the opportunities afforded by the cloud to better test the performance of web applications? As with past overhyped trends in IT, it is important to see past all the talk and look for concrete ways to take advantage of this new technology's flexibility and scalability to save time, reduce costs, and improve the way your organization works. This article describes how the cloud is revolutionizing load testing and the advantages it pr... (more)

Ten Answers Regarding Mobile App Testing

Click Here to Download White Paper Now! This white paper digs deep into the reasons testing mobile apps is fundamentally harder than traditional web or desktop applications. A collaboration by Tina Zhuo and Dennis Schultz from IBM along with Yoram Mizrachi from Perfecto Mobile and John Montgomery from uTest, these experts explore the complexities of mobile test environments, the value of the mobile device cloud, the unique role crowd sourcing can play, and how teams can leverage automation to help deliver quality apps. Click Here to Download White Paper Now! ... (more)