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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)

My Cloud, Your Cloud, Our Cloud

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer To date, cloud computing has by and large been in the realm of public clouds such as Amazon EC2, but there has been a lot of talk about other kinds of clouds, including "private" and "hybrid" clouds. However, with these new choices comes added complexity. In his session at Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, Thorsten von Eicken, CTO and a founder of RightScale, will help answer any questions you may have about these new choices. The 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo is co-located with the 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo and will be taking place November 2-4, 2009 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Register Today and Save ! Sponsor and/or Exhibit Today View Full Conference Schedule In this session, learn from a CTO on when and how to use each different kind of cloud, outlining the... (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 Announces Testing for Amazon EC2 Community

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- SOASTA, the leading provider of cloud-based testing solutions, today announced support for the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). A Web testing solution built on the cloud to enable application testing in the cloud, SOASTA CloudTest for EC2 allows developers to easily and affordably turn the Amazon cloud into a Virtual Test Lab for load and performance testing of their applications. "Amazon EC2 is an ideal environment for developers to test their applications," said Steve Rabuchin, Director of Developer Relations and Business Development for Amazon Web Services. "We're pleased to see the SOASTA Cloud Test for EC2 option become available to developers." SOASTA CloudTest for Amazon EC2 provides engineers with a 24x7x365 Web application test lab at their fingertips. The combination of a scalable hardware architectu... (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 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)

IBM's Big Blue Cloud

Well IBM has gone and done it, they've announced a cloud offering yet again. Actually what's interesting about this go, is not that they're getting into the cloud business (again) but instead this time they're serious about it. And like it or not, they're approach actually does kind of make sense for, assuming you're within their target demographic (the large enterprise looking to save a few bucks). My summary of the "Big Blue Cloud" is as follows: It's not what you can do for the cloud, but what the cloud can do for you. Or simply, it's about the application, duh? In a statement earlier today in the New York Times, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano said, “The information technology infrastructure is under stress --- and the data flood is just accelerating.” Palmisano isn't alone in this thinking, earlier this week Cisco Systems, the mobile networking gaint, released a report sug... (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)

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)

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)

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)