The Performance Beacon

The web performance, analytics, and optimization blog

For the past several months we (SOASTA) have been performing global load and performance tests by leveraging multiple cloud platforms (cross-cloud testing) to generate and simulate Web traffic originating from around the world. Up until last November we had been limited to using Amazon’s New Jersey locations. Now we have access to and can generate […]

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The “Super Bowl” in the e-card business every year is Valentine’s Day. Each year, millions of Americans go online to send their loved ones an ecard.  What makes this holiday so different from other holidays (i.e. Christmas) is the density of the load. Sending a Valentine’s Day card on any other day other than the […]

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QTRAX is a very exciting new Web site that enables users to download songs for FREE. They announced today that they have significantly expanded the number of songs/artists that are now available to their 300,000 registered users. The number of users is certain to grow in the coming months as word gets out about QTRAX. […]

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This appears to be a classic case of a once great company now well past its prime, and unfortunately like all great ex-athletes, sadly unaware that they are. In a recent article in eWeek, an HP executive was quoted as saying, “Cloud computing is still an unclear concept”. Good to see such a visionary view […]

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Cross-Cloud Testing


The power, elasticity, and affordability of cloud computing offers a very compelling test platform for any company interested in doing some performance testing of their Web applications before they go LIVE. But, generating loads from a cloud vendor is problematic in that all the load is coming from the single location, which means you are […]

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One of the hottest areas for cloud computing these days is the Education marketplace.  The easy access and affordability of cloud computing has every university looking at it as a new deployment vehicle for their student portals.  Cloud service providers, such as Chegg.com, are also emerging.  Chegg.com is an online destination for college students to […]

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