SOASTA is hiring the BEST performance engineers in Europe

help wanted SOASTA is hiring the BEST performance engineers in Europe

Yes, the rumors are true. We’re expanding our performance engineering organization in Europe as a lot of companies need help to get their web and mobile applications ready for the traffic! 

The team you’ll join is probably the best team of performance engineers I’ve had the opportunity to work with in my career. It’s not often you work with people who have tested some of the largest website on the planet (Netflix, Intuit, Gilt Groupe) with volume you can only dream about (from 1000 virtual users up to the million with myspace), finding problems all across the application ecosystem (code, infrastructure, network, external third-parties etc.) 

The great thing about working in a startup is the fact that everyday is different. One day you could run some large scale test for a customer. The next day you’re working on pre-sales activities, discussing performance testing with a CTO or other performance engineers. You can be involved with the engineering group to help define the SOASTA CloudTest roadmap. You can have an opportunity to run a webinar for the whole world! If you’re looking to learn and grow your career, this is definitely the PLACE TO BE! 

Our performance engineers are the best in the world (Did I already say it? icon smile SOASTA is hiring the BEST performance engineers in Europe ) They’ve been working previously with other load testing product such as LoadRunner, SilkPerformer or JMeter. They all have knowledge of object-oriented programming whether it’s C++ or Java and they have experience with JavaScript. They’ve been working with application server technologies (Java, .Net) and of course have a common understanding of n-tier application architecture. Since CloudTest supports all major web technology, they have to deal with HTTP, REST, Web Services, XML, etc.and of course since we find problems all over the place with CloudTest, they’re familiar with proxies, firewall, CDNs, DNS etc. THEY DO IT ALL! icon smile SOASTA is hiring the BEST performance engineers in Europe

But they’re not only all about technical skills! As previously mentioned, they have to interact regularly with customers and partners for demos, training or presentation of results, so they have to adapt their communication. We’re getting new customers every day so they have to manage their workload, deal with changing priorities etc. This is very fast-paced environment and this is why it is so AWESOME

I think you get the point: We’re looking for the BEST PERFORMANCE ENGINEERS IN EUROPE! We’re primarily looking for someone UK based, but we’re open to other location as well.

Do you think you have what it takes? Let’s have a chat! Drop me a note with your resume at fberinger[at]soasta[dot]com


Software Testing Revolution with SOASTA CloudTest Lite

SOASTACloudTestLite Software Testing Revolution with SOASTA CloudTest Lite

Before talking about why I’m so excited today, let me tell you a story. 18 months ago, as I was investigating SOASTA CloudTest for my own Software Testing organization, I had a chance to get a demo from Dan Bartow and a chat with Tom Lounibos about the product. Slavy Slavov who was heading our team in Sofia, Bulgaria was also part of the call. We were litteraly blown away by what we were seeing! My organization was using HP Loadrunner at the time (and you should know what I think about LoadRunner …) and CloudTest seemed way ahead of the competition: Leveraging public and private clouds, real-time analytics, a very innovative visual approach to test creation and execution etc. Slavy and myself were sold on first sight! Beside features and technical questions, I’ve asked the rather obvious question about an evaluation version of CloudTest, something my team could play around for a while before making any purchasing decision. Myself couldn’t wait to have a chance to play with it! Well, to my upmost disapointment there was no trial version available. Tom offered a proof-of-concept for whatever projects we were working on but the timing was too tight for us. We left it at that unfortunately …

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My new relationship with IBM

ibmsmall My new relationship with IBM

IBM has a special place in my heart. This is the place I’ve started my career straight out of college. I was involved in the early days of eCommerce back in 1999 working on IBM Websphere Commerce (aka Net.Commerce). Then worked on IBM Information Integration to finally start my management career as part of the DB2 Replication team (now known as the Infosphere Replication Server).

There was some substantial acquisition during my IBM years: In 2011, Informix ($1B), in 2002 PWC consulting ($2.1B), in 2005 Ascential ($1.1B). But the one I remember the most is the Rational Software acquisition in 2003. The acquisition came from nowhere for a whooping $2.1B! Being in a R&D environment, it has some impact on our development and test environment (for the better I might say). Our source control and change system CMVC migrated to Clearcase/Clearquest and we’ve adopted Rational Functional Tester and Rational Performance Tester as part of our tool set for testing.

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The Cloud: A game changer to test, at scale and in production, SOA based web and mobile applications.

Next week, I am heading to Rome to present at the International SOA Conference – Moving SOA into the Cloud. I’ll be giving the presentation I gave at DataCenter 2011, but with additional content. Of course there will be some specifics about how to approach testing SOA in the Cloud but also content on the type of problems cloud testing allows to find across all environments we usually test in ie. Lab, staging and production environment via real customers’ story.

For example, how easy it is for a badly designed page to cap out your bandwidth (yes, we’re at 238mbits/s!) and max out your webservers with a low volume test in a staging environment.

teststaging1 The Cloud: A game changer to test, at scale and in production,  SOA based web and mobile applications.

How a fix in a load balancer firmware can help you go from this (horrible) situation ie. 6% error rate, response rate to the roof after 15min, bandwidth capping out.

testproduction1 The Cloud: A game changer to test, at scale and in production,  SOA based web and mobile applications.

To this much better situation ie. 0.001% error rate (can’t get better than that!) with 172K virtual users.

testproduction2 The Cloud: A game changer to test, at scale and in production,  SOA based web and mobile applications.

Here is the presentation I’ll be giving:

GTAC 2011 goes in the Cloud!

google11 GTAC 2011 goes in the Cloud!

I’ve read a fantastic news this morning! GTAC is going in the Cloud! Finally! James Whittaker announced it a bit earlier this week on the Google Testing Blog: GTAC 2011: Cloudy with a chance of tests (good title btw). I was a bit ahead when I gave my predictions last year for GTAC 2010. I was all for the Real-Time web with some topics around the Cloud. This is what I was writting at the time:

So testing for the real-time web is my bet for GTAC 2010. I can easily see a few additional interesting topics to cover especially around cloud computing which is really hot as well. It would be good to get presentation from people doing testing from the cloud, what are the implications, benefits, challenges etc. I wouldn’t mind seeing Tom Lounibos on the stage to share with us the good stuff he’s doing with Soasta ! I had the opportunity to see a demo of their platform and it is really impressive !

Well, I guess this is for 2011 then! It’s in Mountain View the week of October 25th. I can’t think of a better place for GTAC!

I can’t wait!

I love the clouds … The marvelous clouds!

soastacloudtest I love the clouds ... The marvelous clouds!

As I was deploying Cloud Servers this morning to prepare a demo at DC2011, looking at my cloud servers generating load reminded me of this Charles Baudelaire poem. I thought I would share it with you. Clouds … The marvelous clouds …

The stranger

- Tell me, enigmatic man, whom do you love the best?  Your father, or your mother, or your sister, or your brother?
- I have neither father, nor mother, nor sister, nor brother.
- Your friends?
- You are using a word whose meaning remains unknown to me to this very day.
- Your country?
- I do not know under what latitude it lies.
- Beauty?
- I would love her gladly, goddess and immortal.
- Gold?
- I hate it as much as you hate God.
- Well then!  What do you love, extraordinary stranger?
- I love the clouds … the passing clouds … over there … over there … the marvelous clouds!

International SOA Conference – Moving SOA into the Cloud

soaconference International SOA Conference   Moving SOA into the Cloud

My friend Max Dolgicer invited me to talk at the “International SOA Conference 2011 – Moving SOA into the Cloud“. A great opportunity to talk about the challenge of moving SOA application into the cloud and how Cloud Testing can help during this migration by ensuring applications performs as expected in the new environment.

There will be some great discussions I’m really looking forward to participate:

  • Business Driven SOA
  • Architecting SOA Solutions for the Enterprise
  • Managing the evolution of SOA into the Cloud with governance
  • Case Study in system modernization: Legacy encapsulation with REST and SOAP-based Web Services
  • The synergy of SOA and Cloud Computing
  • Enterprise Architecture for the Cloud
  • Integrating Services In and Out of the Cloud
  • Leveraging the Cloud to Test SOA based Web Application
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)- Key Concepts & Major Players
  • The foundations of Social Computing in the Cloud
  • Building Business applications for the Cloud with
  • Leveraging Cloud and SOA for the Mobile Enterprise

I believe registrations are still open! If you can’t meet me in Nice, how about Rome?