The Performance Beacon

The web performance, analytics, and optimization blog Goes Back to School With Cloud Testing

One of the hottest areas for cloud computing these days is the Education marketplace.  The easy access and affordability of cloud computing has every university looking at it as a new deployment vehicle for their student portals.  Cloud service providers, such as, are also emerging. is an online destination for college students to rent textbooks.  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 students’ orders.

With this level of demand, Chegg recently came to SOASTA for some help performance testing their Web site in preparation for “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.

Osman Rashid, CEO of Chegg explained it this way to me.  “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. 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.”

Looks like nothing has changed since I was in school.   Students are once again leading the way into new markets . . . by having their “Heads in the CLOUD”.

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Tom Lounibos

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Tom Lounibos

As CEO of SOASTA, Tom brings more than 30 years of experience building early stage software companies, leading two companies to successful IPOs. Tom is a regular speaker at both cloud and testing events, and has become a leading advocate in using the cloud to empower individuals and accelerate changes in how applications are built, tested and deployed. Most recently, Tom served as President and CEO of Kenamea. Prior to Kenamea, he was CEO of Dorado Corp., a financial services software provider. Previous to Dorado, he was EVP of Sagent Technology through its 1999 IPO, entrepreneur-in-residence at Crosspoint Venture Partners, and held executive positions at Digitalk Corp., Knowledgeware (KWI) and Encore Financial Services. Tom also serves on several boards in the Silicon Valley.