The Performance Beacon

The web performance, analytics, and optimization blog

Another week goes by and more leading consumer websites crashed and burned, causing losses in both revenue (millions) and, perhaps more importantly, in consumer confidence in ecommerce. This week fail whales were sited swimming in the oceans of one of the world’s largest retailers, a leading children’s toy manufacturer and the industry’s leading online payment […]

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Performance Business Processes


As performance testing is integrated into the development lifecycle, one of the key pieces to identify is the performance business processes (BPs). Selecting business processes for performance is very different than what is typically done for QA. Performance BPs should concentrate on mission critical, high volume, and “heavy” transactions. Also, any BPs that currently exhibit […]

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It’s true. Whether you realize it or not, the typical n-tier web architecture is an out-of-the box bottleneck. Pretty much all popular application technology stacks are a performance problem waiting to happen. When you picture your web application infrastructure, think of it as a funnel. By default, the capacity is wide at the top and […]

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When we started SOASTA it became obvious early on that the requirements for load and performance testing fit the key characteristics of cloud computing: a variable need for scalable compute resources measured in hours, not months or years.  Amazon EC2 was the first to provide a platform that dramatically changed the cost equation for these […]

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