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.