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The First Cloud-Based Global Test Platform

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 traffic (load) from 15 locations around the globe. For the several customers that have experienced it, the results have been amazing. While simulating global traffic is not all together new, using cloud computing makes it, for the first time, fast, scalableand affordable. Tomorrow we will announce the availability of The First Cloud-Based Global Test Platform. This New Test Platform is NOW available to all corporations around the world for Global Load testing on there web applications.   Prices starts at $1,000/Test Hour.

One of our customers QTRAX recently ran a test that simulated several million users coming from London, Hong Kong, New York, and Los Angeles. It took less then 30 minutes to provision the entire test environment (hardware & software) at a cost of less than $3,000 to perform the test. Chris Roe, CTO of QTRAX, stated, “Our customer are located all around the world, and not just here in New York.  So we needed a test platform that could best simulate our every day traffic.  SOASTA pulling together multiple Cloud Platforms (cross-cloud testing)to deliver a very “elastic” test platform, was a perfect fit for testing our site.” Cloud Testing is changing how we test forever.

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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.