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Cloud Computing on Ulitzer "As companies such as MySpace continue to expand the richness of their site, the big thing is trying to seek a higher level of customer experience by replicating "beyond capacity" in a test environment, so that a company can see what it is exactly that they will need when traffic surges to peak levels and beyond, so that they know the "risk points" of their own success," Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA, told SYS-CON's Jeremy Geelan in an interview with Cloud Computing Journal on the day that SOASTA announced a significant test of the newly launched MySpace Music Videos hub using the Cloud. "What companies want nowadays is actionable information," Lounibos (pictured below) continued. "They want PI (Performance Intelligence) instead of BI [Business Intelligence]." Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA, spoke early in November at SYS-CON's 4th Cloud Expo. H... (more)

Amazon's Cloud Covers Europe

Betcha IBM is worried that Amazon is gonna wind up owning the cloud. Betcha other companies are worried about that too. Amazon said Wednesday that it has extended EC2, its Elastic Compute Cloud, to Europe. European developers and businesses can now run their EC2 instances in what Amazon calls "Availability Zones" that are actually in the European Union. By operating closer to Amazon's EU-based S3 storage, it should mean lower latency. Amazon said it now has two Availability Zones in Europe that, besides EC2, also support Elastic IP addresses and Amazon Block Store (EBS) as well as S3 and Amazon CloudFront. It expects to add support for Windows Server and SQL Server like it recently did in the U.S. Cloud Computing Technology Contributors of 2009 10Gen, 3Leaf Systems, 6fusion International, Absolute Performance, Ajaxo, Alentus, Appirio, Appistry, Aptaria, Arena Maxtron... (more)

High Tempo, High Consequences By @Lounibos | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

We live in a time when seconds - even milliseconds - can have a dramatic economic impact on your company's future. With technology being the primary conduit for consumer interaction, the user experience is at center stage. User experience will be a deciding factor in separating the future winners from the losers. By building more speed and agility into the application delivery process, DevOps promises great rewards. However, with this promise, also come significant ramifications for failure. Tom Lounibos will explore both the benefits and the sometimes unintended consequences of implementing a high tempo DevOps environment. You will also learn what you need to focus on to mitigate the consequences of failure as you move to high tempo DevOps. Register For DevOps Summit "FREE" (by Friday) ▸ Here Speaker Bio: Tom Lounibos, CEO for SOASTA, oversees the company's operations,... (more)

SOASTA Announces Cloud-Based Performance Certification Program

SOASTA, the leader in cloud testing, today announced a Performance Certification Program designed to enable companies deploying software in the Cloud, at hosted data centers, or behind corporate firewalls to certify that their website has been tested and has met or exceeded industry benchmarks for performance at peak levels of user traffic. Whether due to cost, complexity or lack of resources, the vast majority of web applications and sites have not been tested at normal user volumes, much less for unexpected spikes in traffic. The user community has become the testers for most Web 2.0 sites, a risk that has proven very costly time and again. "To our customers, performance matters!" said Lew Moorman, President, Rackspace Cloud. "By utilizing the SOASTA Performance Certification program our customers will have the ability to isolate performance issues before they oc... (more)

What is Elastic Computing?

Recently there has been a lot of talk about private clouds, public clouds and inter clouds and the problem in attempting to define their key attributes. The problem facing all the various cloud terms is the apparent lack of quantifiable characteristics. In contrast most other areas of technology include standard characteristics such as units of measurement that allows us to define specific quantifiable aspects. These aspects allow for the creation of complex models and formulas that enable a continued improvement and enhancement to the underlying platforms. I thought I'd briefly take a closer look at core concepts of elasticity and how it can be applied to cloud computing. For a lot of companies looking at entering the cloud computing marketplace the lack of quantifiable capacity metrics has become a particular problem point. Currently trying to plan future resource &... (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)

Enterprise-Level Cloud Computing: Far-Off Dream or Present Reality?

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer Cloud Computing, the long-held dream of computing as a utility, has the potential to transform a large part of the IT industry, making software even more attractive as a service and shaping the way IT hardware is designed and purchased. But if it is already a commercial reality, why does Richard Stallman call it "worse than stupidity"? What, if any, are the new economic models enabled by Cloud Computing, and how can a service operator decide whether to move to the cloud or stay in a private datacenter? What changes should be made to the design of future applications software, infrastructure software, and hardware to match the needs and opportunities of Cloud Computing? All these questions may leave you wondering, but at the Cloud Computing Conference and Expo, Rob Walters, Willie Tejada, Terry Woloszyn, Barry X Lynn, Adam Blum and Gre... (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)

SOASTA CEO to Present at Cloud Expo

Business Intelligence has focused on providing the actionable information needed to support decision makers in improving business operations. Until now, performance testing tools have delivered plenty of data, but very little decision support. In his session at the 5th International Cloud Expo, Tom Lounibos, CEO for SOASTA, will show how Performance Intelligence enables test engineers to analyze results on a single timeline, make informed decisions and take action, often while a test is still running. The 5th international Cloud Expo is co-located with the 8th international Virtualization Conference & Expo and will be taking place on April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City with more than 5,000 delegates and over 100 sponsors and exhibitors participating in the conference. Register Today and Save $800 ! Sponsor and Exhibit Today ! I... (more)

How #Docker Has Made Life Awesome for SOASTA DevOps By @Lounibos | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Docker is all the rage right now, and it was only recently that I understood why. I’ve spent the last month leading the implementation of Docker at SOASTA, and it’s solved some enormous problems for us in a very short amount of time: Our developer onboarding process has gone from days to minutes. We’ve reduced operational complexity by consolidating three different operating systems with their own unique configurations into one. We’ve simplified installing and upgrading our products both internally and externally. This post will give you an idea of why we chose Docker and where it’s delivered specific outcomes for us. If you’re looking to get started with Docker, then this should also serve as a bit of a Docker intro and hopefully set you on the path to some quick wins with your product. Why Docker? I had heard about Docker so many times, but I had no clue what it was... (more)

SOASTA Offers Torbit Users a Free and Easy Migration Path to Award Winning RUM Solution

SOASTA, the leader in cloud and mobile testing, today announced that it is offering a free and easy transition program for Torbit customers. With Torbit’s recent acquisition and their plans to discontinue their Real User Monitoring product on August 23rd, SOASTA is providing Torbit users a simple migration path to mPulse, SOASTA’s industry leading RUM solution. For existing Torbit Insight users, SOASTA is offering mPulse lite free of charge. And for a limited time, for Premium and Enterprise customers, SOASTA is offering a free trial and an easy migration path to mPulse. SOASTA's expert professional services staff is available to assist with deployment - including testing, training and migration services. mPulse, which was named ‘Best Real User Monitoring Solution’ at the O'Reilly Velocity Conference in June, collects all real user data and provides complete and imm... (more)