Cloud Services Help Lenovo Enter Mobile Market

When Lenovo wanted to capitalize on the explosive growth in the mobile device and services marketplace, it needed to ensure its online platform was perfectly tuned to meet growing customer demand. Lenovo’s partners of choice? IBM and SOASTA.

“The load level that we need to reach is impossible to achieve with traditional
testing methods, as it would be too expensive considering the cost of the tools
and resources needed. IBM’s service not only made it possible, but accomplished
it in a mere three hours of testing.”
John Li, Test Manager, Lenovo

SIMULATING 200,000 SIMULTANEOUS ONLINE USERS

As part of its growth strategy, Lenovo expanded its portfolio of products and services by offering a new line of smartphones and tablets to customers in China. The company also opened an online app store, supported by an e-commerce platform to push content, applications and music to customers on demand.

Before launching its new online store and e-commerce platform, Lenovo needed to be certain its new offering was resilient and scalable enough to withstand huge volumes of online visitors, not to mention multiple and simultaneous application downloads. Compounding matters, Lenovo lacked the appropriate tools, infrastructure and expertise to conduct this type of simulated performance testing.

To address Lenovo’s testing challenge and compressed testing schedule, IBM proposed an integrated solution combining Performance Testing Services from Global Business Services (GBS), with the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise.

TESTING RESULTS IN A MATTER OF HOURS, NOT WEEKS

The GBS team’s Performance Testing Service used the SOASTA CloudTest® platform to simulate a range of application download scenarios. Each scenario allowed performance engineers to identify – in real time – potential bottlenecks and scalability issues in Lenovo’s server infrastructure, software stack and network.

Not only did these tests simulate the behavior and performance of hundreds of thousands of mobile devices connected to Lenovo’s site, but they also expedited the entire testing process from several weeks into a matter of hours. The IBM SmartCloud was used to simulate the load of 200,000 simultaneous users. This allowed Lenovo to access ondemand capacity for the test while paying for only what they used.

For Lenovo’s Test Manager, John Li, such cost savings provided tremendous value in the testing process. “The load level that we need to reach is impossible to achieve with traditional testing methods, as it would be too expensive considering the cost of the tools and resources needed,” Li explains.

Thanks to IBM’s integrated cloud services solution using CloudTest, Lenovo swiftly and smoothly entered China’s burgeoning mobile device marketplace.

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