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Genentech Tests Cloud Computing

As Michael Liedtke of Associated Press reported last week, and subsequently now we can also report, that indeed Genentech has migrated its 16,000 employee’s to Google Apps for its email and for some office suite applications. However, the more interesting back story to this article was before they made the decision, Genentech wanted to ensure that Google would scale. Google . . . scale?  That’s right they questioned what kind of user experience there employees would have when accessing applications deployed in a cloud. To get comfortable, Genentech decided to do some Cloud Testing using SOASTA’s new On Demand CloudTest Service. Over the course of a couple weeks Genentech were able to test several different user scenarios including having 16,000 simulated Genentech employees hitting Google Calendar at the same instant.  The testing went well, and the rest is history. Genentech has dipped their big toe into the Cloud Landscape, and by all the feedback we have received,  it went very well.

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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.