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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)

Cloud Computing Elasticity Drives Social Media

SOASTA Session at Cloud Expo Dan Bartow, Vice President and Cloud Evangelist for SOASTA, will be speaking to the spiky nature of website traffic during his Cloud Expo presentation on Monday, April 19 (4:40pm-5:25pm) at the Javits Center in New York. Writing about his session, he notes, "when social media are done well and the users from numerous sources converge on a site, there's an inevitable spike in traffic, often supercharged by leveraging social media." "For example, Denny's promotion during the Super Bowl increased traffic to their site 1700%. Companies are becoming increasingly proficient at cross-platform marketing. In particular, using social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace, in conjunction with traditional media, is driving new levels of  traffic to websites." The spikes present "great opportunities for recipients of the traffic, if the... (more)

Microsoft Open Source Chief Goes to the Cloud

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Sam Ramji, Microsoft’s open source defector, whose imminent departure from the company became widely known when Microsoft set up its own CodePlex open source foundation a few weeks ago, has turned up at five-year-old cloud start-up Sonoa Systems, where he will head product strategy and business development. Sonoa, which has little open source exposure so far, does something called ServiceNet, which is supposed to set security and scaling policies for cloud-based services, acting as a proxy server between the service provider and the consumer. It says it provides the visibility, management and governance required to make cloud services and APIs as robust, compliant and scalable as internal on-premise applications. It uses a network-router design that supports the high concurrency required by the cloud with extremely low latency. The stuf... (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)

webappVM and SOASTA to Bring Reliability to Cloud Computing

SOASTA CloudTest at Cloud Expo webappVM cloud application management platform announced on Wednesday it is collaborating with SOASTA, the leader in cloud testing, to empower developers to rapidly onboard applications to the cloud and get those applications tested and ready for production. The unique solution will enable developers to accelerate applications from development to production with confidence they will perform as planned. Cloud computing adds a new layer of complexity for enterprise web applications. Deploying to the cloud and having visibility of the infrastructure and connected components within the cloud is difficult, if not impossible. The importance of performance testing and ongoing monitoring is even more critical to deliver reliable web applications that provide business value. webappVM and SOASTA are making it easy for developers to test and mon... (more)

Cloud Computing's 'Killer App': Load and Performance Testing

SOASTA announced SOASTA CloudTest Lab. A Web testing solution built on the cloud to enable application testing in the cloud, SOASTA CloudTest Lab allows developers to turn any cloud computing environment into a Virtual Test Lab for load and performance testing of their applications. SOASTA CloudTest Lab provides engineers with a 24x7x365 Web application test lab at their fingertips. The combination of a scalable hardware architecture with leading-edge Web testing technology enables the testing of every layer of a Web application or service. It delivers immediate value, scales seamlessly up or down with testing needs, and does not require investment in a cost prohibitive testing infrastructure. SOASTA CloudTest Lab natively supports every testing type including Load, Performance, Functional, and Web UI/AJAX. "Load and performance testing is the 'killer application' f... (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)

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)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: 100,000 Hours in the Cloud… Lessons Learned

Cloud Expo® Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! SOASTA's five-year journey began at the very first Cloud Expo back in 2008 when they launched an enterprise cloud service called CloudTest. CloudTest quickly became one of Cloud Computing's "Killer Apps" by helping the world's largest consumer brands to test and deliver quality online experiences. SOASTA is a story of the evolution of cloud computing through the eyes of one of its largest consumers. What SOASTA learned along the way may help you with some challenges and pitfalls of cloud computing and will offer some clues as to where the cloud is going in the future: - It's all about the workload - Know your APIs - Architecture matters - There's no magic pill. In his session at the 13th International Cloud Expo®, Tom Lounibos, CEO for SOASTA, will take an energetic trip through cloud history and provide invaluable tips ... (more)

SOASTA Reveals Five Technology Predictions for 2014

It's been a great 2013. Out of the global $1.2 trillion dollars' worth of business conducted online in 2013 across the globe, SOASTA is trusted with protecting 10% of that figure - or $150 billion. Based on the hundreds of brands SOASTA worked with this year and listened to the challenges they face, there are five predictions that are pretty clear as we look ahead to 2014. Hint: Simplify, the User Experience, and M-commerce will be buzz words for successful enterprises and e-commerce vendors. The Top 5 Predictions for 2014 are: Acquisitions vs Innovation Drive Legacy Tech Companies into New Frontiers We'll see the larger legacy vendors take a proactive approach to buying into social, mobile, cloud, and Big Data environments. They'll begin to buy into the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) space. "With the changing face of application development, I suspect we'll ... (more)