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Why I Joined the Digital Performance Management Opportunity By James Urquhart This week, I joined SOASTA as Senior Vice President of Performance Analytics. Given my background in cloud computing and distributed systems operations — you may have read my blogs on CNET or GigaOm — this may surprise you, but I want to explain why this is the perfect time to take on this opportunity with this team. In fact, that’s probably the best way to break this down. To explain why I’d leave the world of infrastructure and code for the world of data and analytics, let’s explore the timing, the opportunity, and the team that brought me to SOASTA. Timing When I started writing about what eventually became cloud computing in 2006, Amazon had just launched the S3 storage service, and the EC2 compute service wasn’t really on anyone’s radar yet — in fact, it still had two years as a “be... (more)

SOASTA's 10,000 Hours in the Cloud

SOASTA at Cloud Expo “Practice makes perfect” is an adage heard by everyone from budding pianists to ambitious athletes. In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell focuses on exceptional people who don’t fit into our normal definition of achievers. A common theme in explaining the successes of these individuals is the “10,000 Hour Rule.” Gladwell’s theory suggests that high performance is, in large part, the result of putting in an enormous amount of time, and that it takes about 10,000 hours to gain the experience necessary to achieve greatness. The rule, according to Gladwell, ap... (more)

SOASTA Reveals Five Technology Predictions for 2014

It's been a great 2013. Out of the global $1.2 trillion dollars' worth of business conducted online in 2013 across the globe, SOASTA is trusted with protecting 10% of that figure - or $150 billion. Based on the hundreds of brands SOASTA worked with this year and listened to the challenges they face, there are five predictions that are pretty clear as we look ahead to 2014. Hint: Simplify, the User Experience, and M-commerce will be buzz words for successful enterprises and e-commerce vendors. The Top 5 Predictions for 2014 are: Acquisitions vs Innovation Drive Legacy Tech Compan... (more)

Performance Testing in Production? By @Lounibos | @DevOpsSummit #Cloud #DevOps

I spent a few days in New York City last week attending a couple of meetups, including speaking at a New York City Web Performance Meetup on Thursday night. I had several great conversations around real user monitoring, data science and analytics, and, of course, testing in production (my favorite topic these days!). I had quite a few discussions around how SOASTA CloudTest manages these large cloud environments and if there are any best practices for load server grid management, especially when performance testing using a very large, location-diverse — and even cloud provider-d... (more)

Best Practices for Load Server Calibration | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Enough Is Enough!  Or Is It? Best Practices for Load Server Calibration By Dan Boutin Here’s a question I get asked all the time by customers and prospects alike: I use “that tool out west” and I can usually get 50 vUsers per load server for my current scripts/tests. How many vUsers can SOASTA get per load server? My typical response: Do you currently use a load server calibration process? The dead silence and blank stare I get in return usually means the person thinks they need a lab like the one above, or that they have no idea why you’d want to calibrate a load server, much les... (more)