SOASTA, a provider of cloud-based testing for Web applications and services, has added new BrowserFarm functionality to its CloudTest On-Demand testing service. The new feature gives enterprises the option to dynamically generate browser-based users driving load from the cloud across geographically dispersed locations.
SOASTA, a provider of testing software for cloud computing
environments, has added new BrowserFarm functionality to its CloudTest
On-Demand testing service.
The company's new BrowserFarm functionality enables load testing
with actual browsers for standalone browser-only tests and for
enhancing large-scale Web system (Web applications and services) load
tests with additional browser users to validate the "last mile"
client-side experience of Web systems, SOASTA officials said.
This new feature gives enterprises the option to dynamically
generate browser-based users driving load from the cloud across
geographically dispersed locations for enhanced CloudTest load and
performance testing offering with client-side performance metrics.
Indeed, the option of testing both browser-based and virtual users
allows companies to choose a testing scenario best suited to their
testing requirements without compromising on cost, quality, testing
speed, convenience and upper test limit, the company said. The ability
to combine both browser-based users and virtual users in the same load
test allows customers to see, for example, how 5,000 browser-based
users will experience the Web system, while under load from another
500,000 virtual users.
"To understand what could lead to abandoned shopping carts, poor
user experience or frozen transactions, customers wanted the
flexibility in our service to measure end-user experience regardless of
a user's location or browser choice," said Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA.
"This new feature lets customers add browser users appropriately to
their larger-scale Web load tests or choose a browser-only load test
leveraging our CloudTest Global Platform and real-time analytics."
To be sure, measuring the experience and performance of
browser-based users is an important aspect of comprehensive load and
performance testing, the company said. SOASTA's BrowserFarm
functionality enables customers to define sets of browser-based users
accessing Web systems from globally distributed locations, at varying
loads and levels, on all modern Windows- or Linux-based web browsers
across traditional and Web 2.0 technologies. And SOASTA provisions
groups of actual Web browsers running customer-defined Web scenarios on
its CloudTest Global Platform, the company said.
With SOASTA's CloudTest On-Demand service, customers receive a
turnkey, hourly load testing service that includes all software,
cross-cloud hardware and provisioning, testing support and real-time
analysis and results reporting. SOASTA customers and partners simply
provide the URL to be tested, and tests, monitoring and analysis can
begin in hours.
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