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Acquia Expands Acquia Network With New Cloud Apps

The following is an article from Marketwire, written by Dana Harris, Red Javelin Communications, Inc.

Acquia, the enterprise guide for Drupal, today announced several significant enhancements to the Acquia Network, which provides developers and site builders an unparalleled collection of answers, tools, and support for assembling extraordinary web experiences with Drupal. The enhancements empower Acquia Network subscribers with self-guided training for Drupal concepts and best practices; site testing under a variety of traffic load conditions; an internet marketing report specific to Drupal; and enhanced vision and proactive management of site configuration issues. These apps are designed to complement Acquia Cloud, Drupal-optimized hosting for developers and enterprises.

They include:

Insight: Developed by Acquia, Insight provides Drupal site owners with a dynamic, real-time, at-a-glance view into their sites. It provides metrics for a wide variety of site elements to ensure they are up-to-date, secure, and performing well. Insight:
Identifies and troubleshoots site problems in real time;
Audits modules for code changes, and offers fixes;
Recommends courses of action to address problems and resolve issues;
Instills Drupal best practices to reduce mistakes and eliminate errors.
To sign up for the Insight Beta program visit http://acquia.com/insight.

Mu Dynamics Continues Growth Streak

The following is an article from Mu Dynamics about its growth streak.

"New Business Increases More Than 100 Percent Year-over-Year
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mu Dynamics, Inc. (www.mudynamics.com), the leader in validating and testing application-aware networks, today announced its 9th consecutive quarter of growth. The company also announced that during the first half of this year, new business performance more than doubled over the same period last year. This growth is being driven by several key customer wins and by expansion into new segments - including the enterprise, mobile and cloud markets.
Mu's key customer wins have all come as a result of the unique value Mu's solution delivers. Customers are recognizing that in order to accurately test the performance and security of their network, they need to recreate the actual applications that they expect to run over their network. Mu offers the only testing solution capable of immediately and accurately recreating multiple types of applications – including Web, enterprise and mobile apps – at scale, to determine how they impact networks.

Beginners' Guide to Coldfusion Application Load Testing

An article from Lanyrd.com, written by Birgit Pauli-Haack, about beginners guide to coldfusion application loadtesting.

"Now you have finished your site and someone asked you the question: How many users can we serve before we need more power and muscle on our server environment? Good question! And if you don't know how to find that out, how to measure it, and find the bottle necks, come to this session. You’ll find out how to get started and learn more about tools for Coldfusion application load testing and how to use them.

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CloudPuncher on Loadtesting and Performance Testing

The following article is from CloudPuncher.com about Loadtesting and Performance Testing.

"CloudPuncher is a very advanced load testing and performance analysis service. One of the main guiding principles we applied when developing the product was ease-of-use and realistic approach during automated load testing. Below is a list of the most important product features which set CloudPuncher apart.

Scriptless Test Recording - CloudPuncher provides a recording tool facilitating creation of the tests. To create a recording, download and run the tool and simply navigate through your site as the users would when they visit it.
Rich Client Support - CloudPuncher supports load testing of both traditional websites and online applications as well as Rich Internet Applications created with Adobe Flex, Flash, Microsoft Silverlight and AJAX technologies.
Test Values Randomization - CloudPuncher executes load tests by replaying the recorded workflows in the configured number of virtual clients. If the workflow is not changed, any number of the virtual clients will execute the same requests as they appear in the recorded form. Test Value Randomization provides a simple, but effective way to change the data used by the virtual clients. As a result, it is possible to configure a test so no two requests are going to be the same thus making the test more realistic.

Three Tips to Successfully Load Test Microsoft Silverlight Applications

The following is an article from InfoQ. written by Rebecca Clinard, about tips on how to successfully load test Microsoft Silverlight apps.

"Microsoft Silverlight is a powerful tool for creating and delivering rich internet applications and media experiences on the Web. Its functionality is similar to Adobe Flash, integrating multimedia, graphics, animations and interactivity into a single runtime environment. Silverlight’s initial emphasis was on providing rich media experiences; enabling designers and developers to add rich degrees of interactivity, media and animation to their websites. Later versions extended its capabilities with many new features essential for business application development. As a result there has been an increase in business applications using Silverlight.

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Testing a BI Application

The following is an article from LUCRUM written by Jonathan Shirey.

"In order to deliver a high quality application, testing is a necessary component of the deliverable portfolio. Often this step is overlooked, underappreciated, or worse, rushed and hurried to meet a deadline. The best solution would be to integrate testing throughout the development process.
The way to approach testing a Business Intelligence (BI) system is to get the business to have ownership and buy-in early and often. The business users should be writing test cases and be responsible for executing them from a business perspective as well as trains them on the content in the system. The technical people should be ready to assist with query development or whatever to help the testing to be completed.

Mu Dynamics Has Partnered With Acquia

Mu Dynamics has partnered with Acquia about "scaling out Drupal apps with Acquia and blitz io.

"We are super excited to announce that Mu Dynamics has partnered with Acquia to bring blitz.io into the Acquia Network. This is immediately available to all Acquia customers to instantly and continuously integrate load testing as part of their Drupal deployment. Load testing web sites used to be a once-a-year, pre-holiday-season undertaking that cost significant $$$, time and resources. Given the complexity of existing tools and solutions, these types of tests could only be run by performance experts. blitz.io changes all of that to make load and performance testing a fun, affordable sport!

Acquia Partnership

With 2% of the world’s websites running on Drupal, Acquia provides products, services, and technical support for the open source Drupal social publishing system. From a single page blog to large web sites, Acquia makes deployment of these web sites, seamless and continuous.

Working with the Acquia team, we’ve integrated blitz.io into the Acquia Network, allowing our joint customers to instantly perform load and performance testing.

Fujitsu Performs Well in Solarflare Network Test

An article on performance testing has been posted on www. highfrequencytraders.com.

"Fujitsu Frontech North America and Solarflare have released the results of a recently completed switch to server latency and message rate network performance test report.

The test demonstrated impressive performance when the Fujitsu XG2600 10GbE Switch was paired with Solarflare’s OpenOnload application acceleration middleware and the Solarflare SFN5122F server adapter. The combination achieved a 4.5 microsecond mean latency over 10GbE in a TCP latency test with 64 byte packet size, typical of market data applications. The Fujitsu switch, one of the lowest latency switches available, achieved a mean latency of just 427 nanoseconds.

Fujitsu is currently running its ‘Summer of Speed’ promotion, which allows customers to try out the XG2600 switch, so the company was understandably pleased with the test findings. “Fujitsu is ecstatic about the results of the low latency testing just completed by Solarflare’s testing lab,” said vice president of sales and marketing Vic Herring. “It is fitting that the report arrives during our 'Summer of Speed' XG2600 test drive, which is focused on helping customers discover these types of gains for themselves.”

Importance Of Load Testing Application

The following is an article by Libby Nerione on the importance of loadtesting applications. This is posted on article2008.com

"Do you wish to investigate the quality of your software program? If yes you may do that easily by making use of load testing computer software. You will most likely always try to research about quality of one's software because it is quite necessary. If you would like to protect by yourself from virtually any harmful predicament then you should use this strategy of investigating the software program. Some software does not work properly so they need to be tested for good result. You is able to do the strategy of investigating the any kind of software with the aid of load testing computer software. This is critical software to the the majority of people because they want for that. Most in the people in depends upon deals using these software similarly lots of people require these kinds of software with regards to business. So the actual testing software is critical for these kind of peoples.

What is actually load testing application?

Importance Of Load Testing Application

The following is an article by Libby Nerione on the importance of loadtesting applications. This is posted on article2008.com

"Do you wish to investigate the quality of your software program? If yes you may do that easily by making use of load testing computer software. You will most likely always try to research about quality of one's software because it is quite necessary. If you would like to protect by yourself from virtually any harmful predicament then you should use this strategy of investigating the software program. Some software does not work properly so they need to be tested for good result. You is able to do the strategy of investigating the any kind of software with the aid of load testing computer software. This is critical software to the the majority of people because they want for that. Most in the people in depends upon deals using these software similarly lots of people require these kinds of software with regards to business. So the actual testing software is critical for these kind of peoples.

What is actually load testing application?

Significance About Load Testing Computer Software

This is another good article.from libby2w3ea on the ArticleCan website,and posted in Internet and Businesses Online.

"Do you need to investigate the grade of your software package? If yes then you can certainly do this kind of easily with the help of load testing application. You should try to look into about quality of your software because it is extremely necessary. If you want to protect your self from any harmful situation then you should employ this means of investigating the application. Some software fails properly so they must be tested once and for all result. You can perform the means of investigating the any good software with the help of load testing application. This is very important software for that a lot of people because needed for the item. Most of the people in the world deals with one of these software similarly some people require these software for business. So this testing software is essential for these types of peoples.

What is usually load testing computer software?

Softsmith Infotech offers Unique Performance Testing Solutions

The following is an article from Softsmith Infotech about unique performance testing solutions.

"Softsmith Infotech has launched 1000 virtual user load testing solution for ISVs who develop web based applications. Crossing the 1000 concurrent user load test hurdle is the foremost factor that determines the success of any online portal or SaaS applications. Softsmith assists all ISVs on this space, within the shortest time frame and at a price point that can be met by any SME organization.
"We had serviced 9 ISVs within the first 4 days of launch. Our load tests have helped our customers to go-live with confidence", says P. Nagarajan, CEO, Softsmith. In this offering, the web application will be stressed for a maximum of 1000 users for 2 to 3 hours with large amount of data. This will expose any performance issues in the application and Softsmith team will assist customers to optimize the performance as well. Softsmith's partnership with Neotys (NeoLoad tool), enables the clients to get the load testing done, in the shortest possible timeframe.

Microsoft’s Surface 2.0 stress testing robot called Patty shown off for first time

The following is a blog written by Shane Mc Glau about Microsoft's new stress testing robot. It was posted on Slash Gear website.

"I never really stop to think much about the testing behind the scenes that goes into perfecting new products, especially the touch screen sort that will be handled a lot by the end user. Microsoft’s cool Surface 2.0 screens have a lot of testing that goes into bringing the products to market. To help speed the testing of the Surface 2.0 device Microsoft uses a cool custom robot called Patty to press and fondle the screen.

Patty sits on an aluminum frame with six motors inside that allow it to move all around to reach the entire screen of the Surface 2.0 device. It has all these little projections that press down on the screen and the projections have different types of tips to simulate different objects. Some of the tips have tags on them that simulate tagged objects, others have tags on them that simulate a finger, and others have clay blobs.

Most of the points appear to just be blunt points. Patty has 80 probes and replaced the previous robot that was used before with one probe. Patty can also simulate multitouch robots. The probes are air driven. The blog post about Patty has a video of the bot and teases another bot that we get no details on called Squiddy. Patty is an interesting tool.

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Importance Of Load Testing Application

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Incredible Importance Of Load Testing Software

The following is an article from GoBlogArticles.com, written by libby2w3ea.

"Do you intend to investigate the quality of your computer software? If yes then you can certainly do this easily with the help of load testing software package. You will most likely always try to investigate about quality of the software because it is very necessary. If you wish to protect on your own from just about any harmful predicament then you should employ this means of investigating the application. Some software does not work properly so they need to be tested once and for all result. You is able to do the strategy of investigating the any sort of software by making use of load testing computer software. This is very important software for your most of the people because they need for the idea. Most with the people in depends upon deals using these software similarly many individuals require most of these software for their business. So your testing software is critical for these kind of peoples.

What will be load testing software?

Testing the Cloud Storage Providers: Part 3 - Performance Testing

The following is a blog from Nasuni written by Rob Mason.

"In Part 2 of this series we covered the more stressful level of multi-threaded concurrent access to the cloud and checked data integrity under load. We also started to get a sense of the performance of these providers. Today we’ll take that to the next level.
Performance Testing
In this next stage we move on to performance testing of the cloud.
What is the test?
For this test the objective is to figure out the speeds and feeds of the cloud providers through the APIs we’ve created in the prior steps. We want to look at things like response time (how quickly you can interact with the cloud), throughput (how fast data can move back and forth to the cloud), and how the cloud responds to a higher level of stress. To do this we vary a number of variables:
1. Concurrency of the test (numbers of threads)
2. Size of the objects we’re writing to the cloud (ranging from very small to very large)
3. Workload type (reads vs. writes) and workload mixes
Why do we run the test?
This test has a few purposes:
1. Find the relative performance of the provider next to other providers
2. Identify strengths and weaknesses at different file/object sizes
3. Stress test the cloud as a single user/appliance
How do we run the test?

Marketwire: TRAC Research

The following is a blog about performance testing. "New Web-Based Analyst Report Formats Make IT Management Research More Actionable.TRAC Research, an analyst and research firm specializing in IT performance management, announced today two new research publishing mediums, Hub Market Reports and Research Self-Service Instrument. These interactive publishing platforms allow IT and business users to access research findings specific to their individual use cases of IT management technologies, as well as to generate their own customized reports based on their particular requirements. Both of these formats are enabled by survey data from TRAC's IT management community and the research findings span across areas such as network and application performance management, Web performance, WAN optimization, systems management, cloud and virtualization management and IT performance testing.

Mobile Applications Strain Testing Resources

A blog from ITBusinessEdge written by Mike Vizard. The contents are as follows:

"From an enterprise IT perspective, mobile computing can be a little daunting. Not only is there almost a limitless combination of devices and networks that an IT application needs to run on, but you then have to continuously test the performance of your application on all those combinations.

The folks at iPass, a provider of mobile connectivity services widely known for automating the collections of tolls, provide access to their applications to end users that can be on almost any mobile computing device attached to any number of cellular or WiFi networks. As most IT organizations well know, application performance can vary widely depending on the device and the network in question. The challenge was finding some way to automate the testing of all those combinations.

To accomplish that goal, iPass enlisted the aid of Micro Focus, which provides a set of application testing services in the cloud called SilkTest and SilkPerformer. According to Steve Dykstra, product marketing director of Micro Focus, one of things that sets SilkTest apart from other application testing services in the cloud is that it makes it easy to change the configurations that are being tested, which he notes is now a critical capability when it comes to testing mobile computing applications.

Rackspace Hosting Launches Critical Sites Service in Europe

The following is an article from Rackspace:

"Rackspace (News - Alert) Hosting, a leader in cloud hosting and computing, announced the European launch of its Critical Sites service, explaining that it has been designed to serve customers whose online presence is “extremely mission-critical.”

Company officials said that Critical Sites delivers enterprise-level Web hosting solutions and customer-facing applications and Web services.
To deliver mission-critical support for clients’ important websites and applications, this service offering drills into the application layer. Moreover, Critical Sites’ customers receive access to a suite of performance management tools, designed to gain real-time visibility of the end user experience.
The tools also increase peak application performance and availability, enabling the customer’s infrastructure functions at optimal level to support the business, said company officials.
Unlike Rackspace's existing services, Critical Sites offers a team of Web-scale engineers that deliver service designed to give deep insights into application performance with scheduled analysis reviews for applications, infrastructure and architectures.

Load Testing with uTest

The following is a blog, from uTest, about loadtesting for mobile applications.

"Load For Mobile
Slow perfromance is the number one reason why users abandon a mobile application. Until recently however, the costs of testing mobile load capabilities have far outweighed the benefits - leaving developers guessing in terms of support for concurrent users, end user timing, doanload speeds and other performance criteria.
With uTest, companies of all sizes - and all industries - can test the load and performance of their mobile applications via a global community of real testers, virtual users and best-of-breed automation tools.
uTest's load testing services include:
Live Load: A team of live testers from around the globe will test your mobile app simultaneously, enabling us to help you to see how your app performs under real-world usage. And all without the hassle, expense and time of automated tools.
Simulated Load: Requiring no live testers, our simulated load testing tools create real browser sessions to provide you with a complete snapshot of your application's performance under peak loads.
Hybrid Load: Combining live testers with simulated load, our hybrid load testing solution enables you to receive functional testing (exploratory testing or completing test cases) while your web application is under load - giving you unique insight into

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