Goes Back To School with Cloud Testing from SOASTA

Leading textbook rental site ensures quality and reliability of Web experience to meet anticipated Web traffic for 2009 Spring Semester

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.,—January 20, 2009—SOASTA, the leader in Cloud-based testing solutions, today announced that, the leading online destination for college students to rent textbooks, selected its CloudTest® On-Demand service to test their Web site performance. In preparation for today’s “Textbook Tuesday” which is expected to be the biggest day for online book rentals, looked to SOASTA to load test its recently updated Web site to determine if they were ready to go live and meet the anticipated increase in traffic volume.

With textbook legislation recently approved by Congress and online use at an all time high, students are embracing the ease of use and the tremendous cost savings of renting textbooks online. Due to high demand, expects to service up to 25,000 students at one time, which more than quadruples the current capacity for processing student’s orders.

CloudTest On-Demand generated the load by provisioning servers from a leading Cloud network. They then directed that traffic to the site and ran load tests that gauged page response rate and simulated varying levels of simultaneous users. With each test, performance levels increased and error rate decreased to approximately zero.

“Our business rides on our Web site—it is our sales channel. We need to be available and reliable no matter if we are servicing the first or last customer,” said Osman Rashid, CEO, “All we had to do was give SOASTA our URL, let them know what we wanted to test, and SOASTA took care of the rest. Within the first hour we started seeing the bottlenecks and were able to troubleshoot our network and application in real time. It was easy, it was affordable and it was fast.”

How CloudTest On-Demand Works

CloudTest On-Demand is a service that leverages the Cloud to create a load and performance testing environment for Web applications and services. With the ability to provision thousands of servers affordably and within minutes, CloudTest On-Demand builds and executes custom, large scale testing scenarios. With a full suite of application and network monitors, CloudTest On-Demand delivers real time test results and analytics. Customers are able to quickly evaluate, improve, and ensure the reliability of their Web site performance.

”We are seeing many companies like being proactive about ensuring the reliability and scalability of their Web sites by testing their sites prior to a major event or new release,“ said Tom Lounibos, CEO, SOASTA. ”They anticipate increased levels of user traffic and are taking advantage of the value of using the Cloud to simulate ‘real-world’ web conditions. With CloudTest On-Demand, was able to quickly understand how their application and their network would perform in production before going live. passed the test and their customers will benefit from a more stable delivery environment.“


SOASTA, Inc. (pronounced sō’-sta), is the leading provider of Cloud-based testing solutions. SOASTA’s mission is to ensure that today’s web applications and services perform in a high quality, scalable, and predictable manner. The company’s product, SOASTA CloudTest, is available as an on-demand service in the Cloud or as an appliance (virtual and hardware), and enables developers to test and monitor their web applications and services at an affordable price. SOASTA CloudTest supports Load, Performance, Functional, and web UI/Ajax testing. SOASTA is privately held and headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information about SOASTA, please visit

About is the leading online destination for college students to rent textbooks. founded in 2005, launched its textbook rental service in July 2007. has saved students at 4,000 plus campuses nationwide, millions of dollars. With over 1 million books to choose from, makes renting and returning textbooks as easy as a click of a mouse. On top of added savings, will plant a tree for every book rented. To date has funded the planting of over 750 acres, the equivalent of 150 city blocks, of trees. For more on, log on to


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