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Continuous Delivery Best Practices to Be Discussed in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Berlin and Herzliya, Israel Brussels, Belgium - June 11, 2014 - CloudBees, Inc., the Jenkins Enterprise company and continuous delivery leader, today announced a series of Continuous Delivery events throughout the US and Europe this summer and into fall 2014. The events are being organised by CloudBees and, in the case of the Jenkins User Conferences, on behalf of the Jenkins Community. Events will include four Jenkins User Conferences (JUC) in Boston, Berlin, Israel and San Francisco as well as a series of CD Summit seminars that will kick off this month in New York and Berlin. Each will focus on Continuous Delivery with Jenkins, exploring trends, issues and advice on how to get the best value from the Jenkins technology. The sessions will look at best practices from companies wh... (more)

Cloud Computing Gathers Steam With $6.4M Round for SOASTA

SOASTA announced the successful close of $6.4 million in Series B funding. New investor, Formative Ventures led the round with continuing participation from previous investors including Canaan Partners and The Entrepreneurs' Fund. The new funding will be used to support product enhancements, marketing, and business development efforts to address the growing demand for SOASTA's web testing solution for Cloud Computing environments. SOASTA also announced that Clint Chao, co-founder and general partner at Formative Ventures, has been elected to the company's board, joining Canaan Partners and The Entrepreneurs' Fund. "We're always on the lookout for promising companies that provide a critical missing link that can serve as a catalyst for market growth," said Clint Chao, general partner, Formative Ventures. "In SOASTA, we found a fast growing company that helps enterpri... (more)

SOASTA and Savvis to Deliver Cloud Computing Testing

SOASTA announced its new alliance with Savvis, providing Savvis customers with an on-demand testing service in the Cloud, and enabling scalable load and performance testing of web applications and services. The new "virtual test lab" will be offered as part of Savvis' new SaaS hosting platform and enablement services announced in September 2008. For those Savvis customers preferring to test inside the firewall, SOASTA also offers a variety of virtual and hardware appliances with upgrade to hours in the Cloud. With SOASTA CloudTest, organizations can leverage a testing service combined with the power of Cloud networks for a "pay-as-you-go" testing service. SOASTA's offerings provide a scalable testing solution to simulate real world traffic and loads, uniquely backed by integrated test results and analytics -- ensuring faster testing and more reliable web application... (more)

Deploying SOA and Cloud Computing with a Tactical Approach

Tactical Cloud Computing refers to the use of cloud computing technology and techniques for the support of localized and short-lived information access and processing requirements. At the First Annual Government IT Conference & Expo, this discussion panel explored how defense, homeland security and law enforcement organizations are looking to leverage this new and exciting IT capability. The panelists in this discussion were Kevin Jackson, Director Business Development for Dataline, LLC; Kartik Mecheri, Chief Technologist for a large government contract and works for Unisys Federal Division; Melvin Greer, Senior Research Engineer, SOA / Cloud Computing Chief Architect, and Director SOA Competency Center, Lockheed Martin, Advanced Technologies Office; and David Ayoub, CTO for the GEOINT Research Development & Technology Division of Science Applications Internationa... (more)

Move Over BI, Here Comes PI - Performance Intelligence

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)

Rackspace Launches Next Generation Cloud Powered by OpenStack

Rackspace on Monday launched new cloud capabilities featuring the world’s first large-scale, production ready next generation cloud, powered by OpenStack and backed by Fanatical Support. Built on OpenStack, the next generation cloud incorporates a robust portfolio of cloud solutions such as Cloud Servers, Cloud Databases, Cloud Block Storage, Cloud Networks, a completely new cloud Control Panel, Cloud Monitoring and support for the OpenStack API. “The open era of the cloud is a reality and Rackspace has positioned itself at the forefront of this massive, technological shift,” said Lanham Napier, CEO of Rackspace. “We’re drawing a line in the sand against proprietary cloud providers. With this launch, Rackspace is providing an open cloud alternative, backed by Fanatical Support and our core expertise on OpenStack, to deliver a strong product portfolio that will help... (more)

Best Practices for Load Server Calibration | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Enough Is Enough!  Or Is It? Best Practices for Load Server Calibration By Dan Boutin Here’s a question I get asked all the time by customers and prospects alike: I use “that tool out west” and I can usually get 50 vUsers per load server for my current scripts/tests. How many vUsers can SOASTA get per load server? My typical response: Do you currently use a load server calibration process? The dead silence and blank stare I get in return usually means the person thinks they need a lab like the one above, or that they have no idea why you’d want to calibrate a load server, much less have an iterative process for doing it. Here’s one reason why it’s important, and why I get asked this all the time: I know of several large financial institutions that do all of their performance testing inside the firewall, and thus they own all of their own infrastructure, including d... (more)

SOASTA Announces CloudTest Global Platform

SOASTA has announced its CloudTest Global Platform for load and performance testing Web applications and networks. The new CloudTest Global Platform enables companies of all sizes to simulate Web traffic and conditions by leveraging the elasticity and power of Cloud Computing. This platform enables cross-cloud testing on today's cloud platforms such as Amazon EC2, Rackspace, 3Tera AppLogic, and Enomaly. The CloudTest Global Platform enables load generation from virtually thousands of servers from more than 15 locations around the world. The CloudTest Global Platform uses the elasticity of the Cloud to dynamically provision computing power and virtual users from major locations worldwide. The Cloud is a platform for testing Web applications and networks. Companies concerned about variable and spiked Web traffic can easily simulate, under real world conditions, changi... (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)

Cloud Expo Sponsor SOASTA CloudTest Deploys 200,000th Server

Cloud Computing Conference & Expo sponsor SOASTA announced it has deployed its 200,000th cloud server for testing the load and performance of web applications. As the leader in cloud testing, SOASTA enables organizations to easily and affordably simulate an unlimited amount of customer activity hitting a website before going live. SOASTA has improved the quality of performance testing, while saving its customers over $20M by eliminating the need for traditional and expensive test labs and testing tools. "We've been testing with SOASTA for over a year," said Chris Roe, CTO of Qtrax. "CloudTest gives us the ability to do affordable web-scale testing, which in turn helps us deliver a great user experience to the music enthusiasts who visit our site from around the world. The key to testing is the quality of the results delivered. SOASTA's real-time analytic dashboards ... (more)

SOASTA CloudTest Enables Innovative Cloud Startup

SOASTA (www.soasta.com), and M-Dot Network (www.mdotnetwork.com) announced the successful completion of an unprecedented 1,000,000-user performance test using SOASTA's CloudTest On-Demand service. The test was run from the SOASTA Global Test Cloud against the M-Dot transaction application, which is deployed in Amazon EC2. CloudTest's comprehensive analytics, displayed and updated as the test was running, identified points of stress in their architecture in real time. The M-Dot Network platform enables consumers to receive digital coupons via a retailer's web site or micro-web site on their mobile phone. Consumers can find and select coupons online or on their mobile phone. Offers are aggregated and presented directly to consumers from multiple third party digital coupon issuers and from the retailer. "Our initial testing with SOASTA had proven incredibly valuable ... (more)