I’ll be flying out to London next week and participate to 2 testing events.
First, I will meet our new partner Testhouse and hold a joint webinar: Load and Performance Testing in Today’s Web and Mobile World – A revolution with SOASTA CloudTest. This is an introduction to cloud testing where I’ll have an opportunity to share some of the good stuff we’re doing with SOASTA. If you’re into load and performance testing, you’ll quickly realize that there is no turning back: Testing from the Cloud is your best choice today if you truly care about the performance of your web or mobile application. I love games (big chess fan, not very good though. Ping me if you want to play on redhotpawn.com) and there will be a game with a very nice prize for the winner. I can’t tell you more …
On Friday, I will participate to the SIGIST Conference and yes, I will talk about … Cloud Testing. Hopefully, my talk will lead to some very interesting discussions! While I love webinar, face-to-face discussion are the best! Conference topics will range from test automation, agile testing, test requirements and of course performance testing! I can’t wait to hear Mieke Gevers talk: Ever been fooled by performance testing results. I can definitely relate to the topic and it should lead to a good discussion. The complete agenda for the conference is here [PDF]
Register to the webinar or join me at the conference! Should be fun!
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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 …
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.
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.
To this much better situation ie. 0.001% error rate (can’t get better than that!) with 172K virtual users.
Here is the presentation I’ll be giving:
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 …
- 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.
- I would love her gladly, goddess and immortal.
- 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!
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 Force.com
- 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?
I’ve been invited at DataCentres 2011 to share my passion about Cloud Testing. A good opportunity for me to introduce the main principles and benefits of Cloud Testing to a broad audience. Cloud Computing is a fairly new concept, especially in Europe. A lot of enterprises are still unsure about some of its benefits and have concerns about security. Cloud Testing is the killer application to get acquainted with Cloud Computing and of course to help you with the performance and reliability of your web or mobile application. And when you start doing it, you can’t stop! Abstract of the talk is here.
Oh yeah, the conference is in … Nice. Easy enough for me as it is 15 minutes from my place. I hope to see you there and hopefully we can share interesting discussion!
In 30 minutes, you will understand why I’ve joined SOASTA. Tom Lounibos, my boss and SOASTA CEO, presented in London this month the new approaches to deliver web performance. Watch it and tell me: Doesn’t it make so much sense? Isn’t it the RIGHT way to test the performance of web and mobile application? You bet it is …