SOASTA (previous CloudAve review), the California based performance testing provider, today announced a free version for their enterprise class CloudTest platform. If your organization uses consumer facing mission critical application, ensuring a high performance in the application becomes a necessity. It becomes crucial to test the application for various load conditions, network conditions and geographical conditions. Before cloud computing became norm, it was very expensive to set up a performance testing solution covering various geographical locations. Cloud makes it easy and affordable for organizations of all sizes and shapes. SOASTA can be considered as the first app built for the cloud.
Prior to today’s announcement, SOASTA offered various paid offerings such as
- CloudTest Mobile
- CloudTest Enterprise
- CloudTest Pro
- CloudTest Standard
- CloudTest On-Demand
With the free lite version, SOASTA has removed any barriers to enterprise grade performance testing. In fact, several months back when I had a chat with SOASTA CEO Tom Lounibos, he told me that his goal is to make performance testing available to everyone. With the release of this free version, he can realize this goal. This lite version will be very useful to small development shops and individuals who do application testing using companies like uTest.
CloudTest Lite users can
- Test Web and mobile applications, including applications using the latest technologies from HTML5 to REST Web services
- Quickly build tests with visual test creation tools
- Integrate application, system, and network monitoring data
- Analyze results in real-time through an interactive, integrated dashboard
- Easily upgrade to a more scalable CloudTest edition to meet expanding testing requirements
As we enter a cloud based world where more and more applications are accessible outside the firewall (even internal applications are getting accessed from outside using various devices), performance testing is going to be a competitive advantage for many organizations. SOASTA is well positioned for this world and it will be interesting to see which big vendor is going to acquire them :-).