The Performance Beacon

The web performance, analytics, and optimization blog

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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The Cloud Power Surge


Access to infinite compute power is one of cloud computing’s more outlandish and yet most impactful visions. After three years in the Cloud, are we any closer to infinite compute power? Probably not! But some recent developments seem to suggest that real progress is being made in expanding the compute capacity of the Cloud. Today, […]

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In an effort to remain relevant, some software vendors take marketing advantage of the newest hot technology fad at the expense of their own customers. Cloud computing (the newest hot trend) has definitely been defined and positioned by some traditional software and hardware vendor’s marketing organizations to meet their specific agenda, which usually means extending […]

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As the platforms on which applications are deployed change, there’s an inevitable surge of innovation around the way apps are built and delivered. Everything from languages and tools to development methodologies are impacted. Typically, it’s the platform that leads the way. For example, the shift from mainframe to client/server and the PC spurred the shift […]

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Amazon EC2 and SOASTA Enable Scalability Testing at Levels Previously Unattainable A record 18.76 million taxpayers used either the desktop or online version of TurboTax this year, up 11 percent from 2008, with two-thirds of those customers filing online. As the IRS continues its efforts to increase the percentage of returns filed electronically, Intuit took […]

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