The Performance Beacon

The web performance, analytics, and optimization blog

For the past 16 years, Mercury Interactive dominated the enterprise application test market with its QTP and LoadRunner licensed solutions.  But these times, they are a changin’!   Back in 1994, the IT world was disrupted by an architectural, vendor-driven gold rush called Client Server. New applications, such as Business Intelligence and CRM, emerged every day….and […]

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Someone in the online application ecosystem has to own performance.  Who should it be?  I was on a call just recently where a VP said “who in this room owns the performance of the site?”.  *crickets*.  I wasn’t surprised at all, though.  This is very common.  Even the QA manager responsible for performance testing didn’t […]

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Affordable, on-demand access to scalable resources from around the world. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? It’s the key set of Cloud characteristics, at least at the infrastructure level, that enables SOASTA’s CloudTest to be such a transformative technology for load and performance testing. In addition to the first real-time OLAP engine for performance testing, highlighted […]

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It has become clear that the infrastructure services provided by the cloud are being driven by applications that are particularly well suited to taking advantage of virtualization and elasticity. Elasticity is most commonly associated with changes in supply and demand based on price. The definition for the cloud is not much different. An elastic API […]

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The typical enterprise marketing or ecommerce web site requires approximately 5-20 servers to handle daily user activity. They handle traffic from (depending on the type application and profile of the company) between 2,000 and 6,000 concurrent users on a daily basis. However these times, they are a changing, as enterprises around the world begin to […]

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