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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)

Cisco, EMC, VMware in Cloud Venture

Cloud Expo on Ulitzer Sometime before 4:30 Wednesday afternoon New York time Cisco and EMC, two companies that are already tight and were expected to get tighter, are supposed to announce a joint venture to sell a cloud or cloud products called vBlock. VMware's involved because virtualization is relatively standard cloud fare, it's majority owned by EMC and it's already Cisco's BFF but its level of participation in the venture is unclear despite all the whispering going on. It could be a full member. Based on broad hints from the companies, the Wall Street Journal got wind of the joint venture in September and said it was code named Alpine. Now published reports out of Dow Jones and Reuters are saying that the infrastructure-as-a-service venture will have its own CEO - as all good little joint ventures do - and peddle both hosted services and private clouds creat... (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)

Why I Joined SOASTA By @JamesUrquhart | @DevOpsSummit #CloudTest #DevOps #Containers #Microservices

Why I Joined the Digital Performance Management Opportunity By James Urquhart This week, I joined SOASTA as Senior Vice President of Performance Analytics. Given my background in cloud computing and distributed systems operations — you may have read my blogs on CNET or GigaOm — this may surprise you, but I want to explain why this is the perfect time to take on this opportunity with this team. In fact, that’s probably the best way to break this down. To explain why I’d leave the world of infrastructure and code for the world of data and analytics, let’s explore the timing, the opportunity, and the team that brought me to SOASTA. Timing When I started writing about what eventually became cloud computing in 2006, Amazon had just launched the S3 storage service, and the EC2 compute service wasn’t really on anyone’s radar yet — in fact, it still had two years as a “be... (more)

Why Digital Performance Management Will Be a Game Changer for Online Retailers | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Why Digital Performance Management Will Be a Game Changer for Online Retailers By Ann Ruckstuhl Amidst the hustle and bustle that was the recent eTail West, one thing was clear to me: many online retailers haven’t figured out the empirical relationship between customer experience and digital performance. Why? Many brands simply do not pay much attention to the infrastructure that powers their digital business. Yet behind every interaction between consumers and online retailers is a vast network of websites, mobile apps, third-party service providers, routers, databases, servers, and related technologies. Complexity across this vast network of digital infrastructure is a key barrier to customers realizing great experiences. Performance is the next frontier for etailers Gartner notes that this year, 89% of companies will primarily compete on the basis of customer expe... (more)

Thinking Inside the Box: SOASTA(TM) Introduces sBox(TM), the Industry's First Complete, Professional, and Affordable Load Testing Appliance

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- SOASTA, a leading provider of test automation solutions for Web applications and services, today announced the SOASTA sBox(TM) Load Testing Appliance (sBox). The sBox Load Testing Appliance combines the SOASTA Concerto(TM) Web testing application with a dedicated hardware platform to provide organizations of all sizes worldwide with a distributed, turnkey solution to load test every layer of a Web application. Targeted specifically to the Fortune 100,000, where the performance and scalability of Web applications is an imperative, the sBox Load Testing Appliance ensures Web applications perform the functions that they were designed for in a high quality, reliable manner. "Small to mid-market, Web-oriented companies are large enough to need professional load testing capabilities, but their budgets can leave them challen... (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)

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)

OpenCloudManifesto.org Goes Live

Just a quick note that the Open Cloud Manifesto website is now live. Direct Link to the manifesto is available here. Supporters include: Akamai, AMD, Aptana, AT&T Corp., Boomi, Cast lron, Cisco, CSC, The Eclipse Foundation, Elastra, EMC, EngineYard, Enomaly, F5, GoGrid, Hyperic, IBM, Juniper, LongJump, North Carolina State University, Nirvanix, Novell, Object Management Group, Open Cloud Consortium (OCC), Rackspace, Red Hat, The Reservoir Project, RightScale, rPath, SAP, SOASTA, Sogeti, Sun Microsystems, Telefónica, The Open Group, VMWare. Key Principles. 1. Cloud providers must work together to ensure that the challenges to cloud adoption (security, integration, portability, interoperability, governance/management, metering/monitoring) are addressed through open collaboration and the appropriate use of standards. 2. Cloud providers must not use their market position to l... (more)

What Constitutes a Cloud-Ready Solution?

"There are risks when consuming the cloud, but solutions are available to mitigate this risk," noted Kyle Gabhart, SOA Solutions Director for Web Age Solutions, during his general session at the First Annual Government IT Conference & Expo held in Washington, D.C. You need to allocate bandwidth to isolate resources as well as provide around the clock support for cloud computing. However, not every cloud consumer is created equally. For every cloud request that comes in, you have to balance the importance of it. And every cloud request will look identical. Security is a key topic with cloud computing, Gabhart noted. There are risks when consuming the cloud, but solutions are available to mitigate this risk. You need to decide what you are moving to the cloud and what constitutes a cloud-ready solution as every cloud request that comes in will look identical. In add... (more)

SOASTA's 10,000 Hours in the Cloud

SOASTA at Cloud Expo “Practice makes perfect” is an adage heard by everyone from budding pianists to ambitious athletes. In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell focuses on exceptional people who don’t fit into our normal definition of achievers. A common theme in explaining the successes of these individuals is the “10,000 Hour Rule.” Gladwell’s theory suggests that high performance is, in large part, the result of putting in an enormous amount of time, and that it takes about 10,000 hours to gain the experience necessary to achieve greatness. The rule, according to Gladwell, applies to more than just individuals. He points out that the Beatles performed live in Hamburg, Germany over 1200 times between 1960 and 1964, amassing the hours needed to catapult the band to stardom. Clearly, it applies to companies as well. That’s not to say that talent, intelligence and g... (more)