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Cloud Expo Bronze Sponsor Releases OLAP Engine for Performance Testing

Cloud testing leader SOASTA extends offering with first purpose-built BI engine for Web performance management

SOASTA Session at Cloud Expo

"Performance Engineering is a perfect application for the next generation of this technology." said Ken Gardner, CTO and Executive Chairman, SOASTA, "as it’s become increasingly difficult to use existing enterprise tools to uncover the issues that cause latency and unreliability in the new world of rich-media, high traffic, consumer-facing websites."

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Gardner, whose company SOASTA Inc. is Bronze Sponsor of Cloud Expo 2010 East being held April 19-21, 2010 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, was speaking on the occasion of SOASTA's announcement today - just one week before Cloud Expo - that it has extended its industry leading performance testing solution CloudTest with the release of CloudTest Analytics, the first real time Business Intelligence engine purpose-built for Performance Management.


Delegates listening intently to a technical session at Cloud Expo 2009 West

"This new analytic engine includes a unique data extraction layer that captures any Web Performance metric from both inside and outside of firewalls," Gardner explained. "All the metrics are then aggregated and correlated onto a single real-time timeline using the CloudTest Analytics engine by pulling them from a scalable data warehouse. Performance engineers can quickly identify issues and optimize the performance of websites and web applications while tests are being run," he continued.

Built from the ground up by the SOASTA engineering team, Gardner explained, with over 20 years of BI experience, CloudTest Analytics supports the unique needs of today’s web application development, performance management and testing communities in their drive to deliver the best web experience possible.

A powerful aspect of CloudTest Analytics, said Gardner, is the new extraction layer, which can capture key performance metrics from a wide variety of existing production monitoring systems (such as those from CA, Dynatrace, IBM, Nimsoft, New Relic, RightScale, Keynote Systems and AppDynamics), as well as SOASTA’s own test monitors.

“Over the course of my career I’ve focused on the challenge of delivering actionable information to decision makers by helping them navigate through the massive amounts of data in an enterprise,” said Gardner.

SOASTA CloudTest leverages the resources of the Cloud and user communities to accurately simulate traffic hitting a website or application from outside the firewall, providing the baseline metrics for the real-time dashboard. This innovative approach has been employed by a growing list of leading consumer-facing websites around the globe for the past three years, including Intuit, Netflix, Mattel, Hallmark and Gilt Groupe.

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