Well, it looks like my prediction was correct. The Cloud Performance Summit was the place to be yesterday in Santa Clara ! It looks like Adrian Cockcroft, Alistair Croll, Tom Lounibos, Imad Mouline and others put up quite a show ! A bit frustrating for all of us, only able to “follow” the action on Twitter. Better than nothing I guess. I’ve gathered the best tweets from the event.
More action the next few days during Cloud Connect ! If you’re at the event, don’t hesitate to come by booth #515 as we offer a free performance testing of your website!
To answer Tal Broda: “Who’s #winning at the performance summit in #ccevent?” I think it’s safe to say that the whole industry is winning by having these kind of events. Having the best experts in the same room to discuss, share, confront their views can only be seen as a positive step toward better performing application, whether they run in the cloud or not. Or maybe @cloudsheen is winning …
Next week should be an interesting one! First, I’ll be at the “Etats Generaux du Cloud” which is the only French event dedicated to SaaS and Cloud Computing. Some interesting sessions around growing cloud business in France, financial aspect, new channels development fit for the Cloud etc. I will have the opportunity to see a keynote from Mr Eric Besson who is Minister of Industry, Energy and the Digital economy (under the Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, Christine Lagarde). A couple of months, he’s launched some substantial initiative for the innovation in France ie. Tax Break and help from the government. Hopefully he’ll have some interesting news for us. I’m not too sure if he will covers his view on Net Neutrality as they are (for good reasons) controversial (he has called for an end to Net Neutrality, giving telecommunication operators the possibility to sell prioritized access to the network)
Then on Thursday and Friday, I’ll be with Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA (My boss but more importantly someone who wants to revolutionize Software Testing! Nothing less ! Hell yeah!), at the Innovation Cloud Summit where we’ll have the opportunity to present SOASTA’s products and services to French CIOs, VARs, SIs who are interested to invest in Cloud Computing technologies. This is an excellent initiative organized by the Paris Region Economic Development Agency. Should be fun to meet up with people from these Startup as well!
These 2 events should keep me very busy but I’m always open to a good informal discussion in the evening! I’ll be staying downtown Paris so I’m very flexible. How about we meet after EuroCloud in the evening? Send me an email at fred[at]fredberinger[dot]com. Hope to see you there !
Cloud Testing is a very hot topic right now within the software testing industry but I’m still reading questions such as: “Is it testing from the Cloud? In the Cloud? Is it testing the Cloud?” So I thought I would give a very short introduction to Cloud Testing so we’re all on the same page. This is the first lightning talks related to Cloud Testing. Enjoy!
Cloud Computing brings many promises to the Enterprise: Elasticity and scalability, lower costs, accessibility, agility etc. But these new virtual environments brings their load of challenges due to the almost infinite resources they make available:
- Application architectures need to reinvent themselves to take advantage of the whole cloud computing ecosystem.
- Data manipulation and aggregation is no longer limited by the amount of CPU power you have available but how do you handle such amount of data? Do we need new data models and algorithm?
- How do we ensure application perform under these new environments? How do you monitor your performance when dealing with multi-vendors environments?
- Do clouds meet customer expectation? What does it mean for SLAs?
I’ve always wanted to write a post about an important aspect of performance testing: Budgeting your hardware environment for Performance Testing. While managing a QA organization at Experian, it’s been one of the least enjoyable part of my job. Managing and growing people, sure ! Anytime ! Managing a large hardware environment? mmm .. Not so much. But it’s necessary to build it and manage it seriously if you want to run proper performance testing. The fact that I had to manage a large hardware budget during an economic downturn was actually a good thing as I had to be creative to find alternative and I became pretty damn good at rolling on the floor to get what I need from our finance guy …
I won’t play the game of “My top 10 predictions for 2011″ unlike a lot of bloggers. The reason? I’m very bad at this game and you’ve read too many predictions already. So today I will give you one and only one prediction. That’s a fairly big risk I’m taking here but I’m so confident that I think the odd are with me. Yes my fellow readers, 2011 will be the tipping point for Cloud Testing. Read on and tell me in the comments part if we’re not in front of a perfect combination leading to Cloud Testing going mainstream.
If you’re a C-Level executive and care about your brand, please read on. You probably cares a lot about your revenue, your customer satisfaction, retention and conversion rate. If your business model relies on online advertisement, you watch your click-through, page view, number of visitor and hits. Of course you’re cautious about some of your spending, your infrastructure, service and R&D cost.
Well, from what I’m reading lately, it looks like some of you guys (yes you, the C-Executives !) are over looking the importance of your website stability or responsiveness.
I’m going to admit one or two things right upfront: I am today not a big fan of HP LoadRunner. I was fan of the Mercury product back in the 90s but it was more by lack of other option to load test client/server application than anything else. I’ve never been a big fan of HP either, their hardware or software. They always felt clumsy or aging compare to the competition. So yes, this article is a bit biased but I’m a bit angry at HP right now and I’ve got to share my feelings with my fellow colleagues in the software and performance testing community.