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HP Offers Validation, but No New Innovation To CloudTest Market

Yesterday, and with little fanfare, HP formally announced that LoadRunner, their leading client-server testing tool (circa 1989), which was acquired from Mercury in 2006, will soon be available as a BETA offering in Amazon’s EC2.

This news, which has long been expected, is tremendous validation by an industry giant of one of the hottest new markets, Cloud Testing, which was first introduced by SOASTA in 2007. This shift in strategy by HP may have been driven by the growing number of enterprise customers that have started using the cloud as a platform to test their next generation of dynamic, highly scalable, consumer-centric web applications. Cloud Testing has garnered an impressive (almost cult-like) following of small, midsize and global enterprise customers over the past four years as the next generation of web/mobile applications has emerged.

However, it is the shift of enterprise customers to Cloud Testing that has most likely gained the greatest attention within HP and caused them to react. It is in the enterprise that they have long dominated—at one time, in 1999, owning over 66% market share.

Unfortunately, validation appears to be the only thing that HP has to offer the Cloud Testing space. There does not appear (in reviewing their documentation, collateral or videos) to be any innovation in either their approach or in their technology. This is disappointing. The world has changed dramatically in the past twenty years, particularly now as we are seeing many innovations in application design, deployment and use. It’s through innovation that “game changing” and “disruptive” solutions are introduced to the market. Yet, HP’s answer is to wrap a twenty year-old technology in a marketing display box.

Nonetheless, HP’s validation is very much appreciated.

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.