CSC and SOASTA, a provider of cloud testing environments, form a partnership in which CSC will integrate SOASTA CloudTest with CSC's Trusted Cloud Services and testing and development methodology. Meanwhile, Zeus Technology updates its Zeus Traffic Manager Web performance tool.
on Oct. 20 announced a partnership with SOASTA, a provider
of cloud testing environments, in which CSC
will "integrate SOASTA CloudTest into CSC's
Trusted Cloud Services and testing and development methodology," the
company said in a news release.
"Web application performance testing in CSC's
Trusted Cloud uses SOASTA CloudTest to leverage the elasticity of the cloud to
provide an accurate representation of real-world Web traffic and usage," CSC
"We are pleased to partner with SOASTA," Brian Boruff, vice
president of Cloud Computing for CSC, said
in the statement. "The company's technical achievements leveraging the
cloud are impressive, as is their clear commitment to ensuring partner success.
Our customers depend on us to provide the very best technology. Web application
performance is a crucial aspect of our customers' success. SOASTA's cloud-testing
product line helps us satisfy their needs as well as continue to expand our
cloud services offering with a powerful and affordable solution."
According to the release:
"SOASTA CloudTest provides load
and performance testing solutions to ensure Web applications and services
perform in a highly reliable, scalable and predictable manner. CSC offers Independent Testing and Validation
Services across industry verticals, leveraging its deep domain expertise,
global delivery capability and comprehensive portfolio of testing services. CSC also provides "Testing as a
Service" (TaaS) within its Trusted Cloud Services offering. Testing as a
Service is available on-demand in public, private and hybrid cloud networks to
meet customers' business requirements, security needs and regulatory standards."
"By combining CSC's global testing services capabilities with
SOASTA's leading cloud testing solution, CSC provides a complete set of testing and
accreditation services to all customers globally. The offering will focus on
new cloud computing and Web projects as well as provide existing managed
services customers with a new level of performance and reliability not
previously possible due to hardware, software and human resource limitations."
"We are very excited to have CSC as
a partner and grow our presence in the global market," said Tom Lounibos, CEO
of SOASTA. "CSC has established strong
business relationships with customers across a broad range of industries, an
outstanding professional services organization and a commitment to [ensuring]
customer success. By leveraging the cloud, CSC
customers will be able to launch their Web applications with confidence in
their ability to perform as expected."
"Website performance impacts any enterprise that is marketing, selling
or processing business using the Web, and yet most companies do not test for Web
application reliability and examples of performance issues abound," said
Ben Pring, vice president of research at Gartner. "It has been cost-prohibitive
to simulate real-world traffic using traditional testing methods. With
cloud-based testing, enterprises of all sizes can now affordably test to
identify performance issues and validate Website reliability."
Meanwhile, also in the Web performance testing arena, Zeus Technology,
provides pure software-based application traffic management, announced on Oct.
20 the introduction of Zeus Traffic Manager 6.0. "The release will help
ensure [that] enterprise Web applications are always fast and available even
during peaks in demand-
virtual and cloud IT environments," the company said in its announcement.
"The rapid adoption of virtualization and cloud computing, coupled with
rising expectations for more dynamic and available Web applications, presents
new challenges for the IT department," said Paul Brennan, CEO
of Zeus Technology. "The latest release from Zeus will enable businesses
to cope with the massive growth in the demand for Web services, which is
putting huge demands on Web infrastructures. Zeus Traffic Manager 6.0 will
allow companies to see, manage and control their applications across any IT
environment, ensuring [that] they are online all the time." According to
"New features include:
Multi-hosted IP addresses to scale clusters more easily
Command Line Interface to manage clusters more effectively
??Ã Solid State Disk caching to improve performance by caching more content
Detailed traffic diagnostics to visualize and debug traffic applications
Integration with enterprise authentication for streamlined
Geolocation technology to create location-sensitive traffic management
Available on any physical, virtual or cloud platform including Linux,
Solaris, VMware, Xen, Oracle and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)
New Virtual Appliances for Xen and Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for Amazon Web Services"
Zeus also announced Oct. 20 that in a survey of CIOs, IT directors and
senior IT managers in the United States
and the United Kingdom,
Zeus found that nearly 75 percent of CIOs said they already use or plan to use
cloud computing, but only 27 percent have a solution in place to manage it.
Indeed, "The survey found that, while adoption is increasing, CIOs are
concerned about how to manage and control applications and resources in cloud
environments. More than half worry about a lack of cost control (57 percent)
and more than a third (35 percent) fret over scalability," Zeus said. But
the biggest concern is being locked in to one vendor for cloud services,
according to 63 percent of organizations surveyed.