Mobile, Cloud, PaaS … Crazy times at SOASTA!

Not much update from me in the last few months as we’ve been EXTREMELY busy icon smile Mobile, Cloud, PaaS ... Crazy times at SOASTA! We’ve been taken over by the whole mobile movement as our TouchTest Beta is going strong all across the world. We’re currently working with 100′s of companies who have a chance to be part of this beta to test their native application. The feedback were receiving is incredible and I’m helping a bunch of companies and partners to get started with our technology. If you’re into the mobile business (as you should be!) and are struggling with functional test automation, register on our website and I’ll be happy to get you started. If you’re still not familiar with TouchTest you can watch the webinar I ran in EMEA last month which will tell you why we came up with this new way of doing functional test automation for native applications. It has a lot to do with what customers were struggling with icon smile Mobile, Cloud, PaaS ... Crazy times at SOASTA!

 

You can also watch this video where Robert Scoble discovers TouchTest for the first time! He looks very impressed! Ken Gardner, our founder and executive chairman, and Tal Broda our VP of engineering, gives him an in-depth view of our product.

 

We’re also very busy on the partner front. In the past few weeks, we’ve announced some very important relationships with market leaders. Believe it or not, we’re partnering with HP as we’re able today to leverage their new public Cloud. We’ve also announced yesterday our support to the next-generation cloud from RackSpace and with OpenStack! As we’re working with 17 Cloud APIs today, supporting an open source API is very important for us and will help us integrate quickly OpenStack compatible cloud providers (if you’re interested to understand how we leverage Cloud APIs, there is a very good article from Dave Murphy on our blog). During the Rackspace event, Tom Lounibos and Dave Murphy gave their impression on the announcement and what it will mean for SOASTA in the future:

 

Last but not least, we’ve got more and more testers using CloudTest Lite (we’re seeing hundreds of download every day!) But we also want to influence developers to run more tests! As more developers are working using a PaaS, the best way for us to influence them is to be part of their development platform. That’s why we announced support for VMWare CloudFoundry last week. It will allow every developers using CloudFoundry to use CloudTest Lite for free during their development cycle. We’re the official test automation framework for CloudFoundry. That’s our present to them for their first birthday!

I’m writing this short note while attending the Selenium Conference in London where we have a chance to demo CloudTest and TouchTest to the Selenium community. I’m very excited to be in direct contact with true testers from all over the world and who are investing into the latest software testing trends. There are a few companies really innovative in this hot software testing market and we’re really glad to be recognized as such by the Selenium community. The Selenium movement has done a lot to help testers over the years and being part of this event is our way to say THANK YOU!

 

SOASTA and the IBM SmartCloud

Did you know that IBM SmartCloud was part of the SOASTA Global Cloud? The SOASTA Global Cloud allows us to help customers from 39 locations across the globe by giving us access to more than 375,000 servers! Thanks to Cloud providers such as IBM, Microsoft Azure, Amazon EC2, GoGrid, RackSpace, Radix, etc.

Tom Lounibos gives a brief introduction about the IBM and SOASTA relationship and what it means for customers.

Installing SOASTA CloudTest Lite – Even my mum can do it!

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Ok, the title is a bit misleading as my mum is technology challenged but I’m sure my sister could do it! icon smile Installing SOASTA CloudTest Lite   Even my mum can do it! Seriously,  yesterday I was describing the CloudTest Lite installation process to a software tester as he was not used to receive an installation package as a virtual image. The first time I installed CloudTest Lite, I was not used to it either! And actually wondered if it was the right packaging option for such product. Yes, I questioned my own engineering team! Shame on me. And as always, they blew me away as I’ve never looked back. Continue reading

Introduction to monitoring using SOASTA CloudTest Lite

cloudtestlitemonitoring Introduction to monitoring using SOASTA CloudTest Lite

I was giving a demo to a partner last week using SOASTA CloudTest Lite and I had included some monitoring in the demo. People on the call who are doing performance/load testing using open-source products were very impressed by our ability to setup monitoring for any kind of infrastructure while being able to combine and correlate the infrastructure performance counters with the application performance data. And everything in real-time! So I though I would record a quick video to show everyone how it’s done. If you’re interested, you can find more than 50 in-depth CloudTest Lite videos on our CloudLink website.

Enjoy!

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Busy times at SOASTA and loving it!

It’s been a really busy couple of months here at SOASTA! Our free product CloudTest Lite is rocking the software testing world right now. Literally. We’ve seen thousands of downloads and activations from all around the world (Yes, we load tested our registration infrastructure of course icon smile Busy times at SOASTA and loving it! ) We’re receiving awesome feedback from performance testing luminaries, validating our strategy and giving us advices. When you’ve got someone such as Scott Barber, one of the most prominent though leader in performance testing, recommending your product, you know you’re on to something!

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Can We Find The Future of Web Performance in Berlin’s Pubs?

velocityeuropelarge Can We Find The Future of Web Performance in Berlins Pubs?

Speed, speed, speed. It’s probably the hottest topic in every R&D and operation team involved in web or mobile application. It’s the #1 principle for a successful web app, as stated by Fred Wilson during his talk at the annual future of web apps in 2010. There is not one day I don’t see a new best practice, a new service, a new initiative toward better web performance. At stake are millions of dollars of lost revenue due to slow performance or unreliability and everyone wants a piece of that pie. The whole space can be quite overwhelming for customers as it is very dynamic and decision toward the best web performance strategy can be a bit daunting.

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Getting started in mobile web performance

mobileglobalusers Getting started in mobile web performance

As you know, mobile web is hot, hot, hot and mobile might very well replace desktop in the next few years (the jury is out on that one!)

Some latest stats to support this trend:

However, there is one slight problem which needs to get fixed before reaching this stage: Performance. I guess you’ve noticed, performance on mobile is not all that great compared to the performance you get on your desktop’s browser. As this infography illustrates nicely, users have high expectation and mobile performance is still disappointing to most of them (I’m with them on that one! icon smile Getting started in mobile web performance )

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